First of all, I'd like to apologize. I've redirected today's intended fare to talk about this instead. I understand that y'all probably didn't know there was another post planned for this morning, but I canceled an intended post on you and feel a tad guilt about that none the less.
While I won't go into the details of the intended post, suffice it to say that it dealt with my previously mentioned theme of Drawing a Line and it would have inched my blog closer to the PG-13 line than I generally let it stray. (Yes, I still think the Disney Channel would approve of my blog. I haven't dissed Zac Efron online. That I know of...) But, somewhere along the way between scheduling the post to come up at the usual time and actually let it come up, I got struck my a feeling of disquiet. I felt like I didn't want to run the post. It was going in a direction I didn't think I wanted to blog to go.
Now, generally speaking, when I smell censorship on my part or anyone else's, my instinct is to run head long in the opposite direction, pull things into the open. (Last time we had to delete the F-word from a play I was working on, I wrote a paper about it for a class I was taking, and I used just about every quote we'd had to cut. Including in my title.) But, in this case, I bowed to a common sense instinct I've yet to squelch in my brain: if it worries you before you say it, keep your mouth shut.
And so, I realized, I'd found my line. While I might talk about violence, love, and my opinions on a lot of things, and while I might even rant, rave, and cuss a bit on this site, there are, as it turns out, some things I don't want to put out there.
On my blog, I don't swear (much), or blaspheme (pretty much at all, I think), or mention certain topics that would be frowned upon for discussion in Victorian England. Not because these are my personal morays or how I act, think, or talk in real life. However, there are, in my opinion, times and places for things. And, to me, this is not generally the time or the place.
So, where's your line? How do you decide what's okay to post on your blog?