It always surprises me, when people not exactly write about their personal life, but they reveal some vital, especially painful, memories, according to some subject they discuss.
Why am I surprised? Because we rather connect such confessions with some anonymous blogs, social profiles, etc. And of course, we don’t think that someone building their personal brand would write about being sad with their life and drinking or their childhood traumas.
At least, I see it this way, but maybe it is mostly a question of approach. We all have tendency to write about our personal problems in the web, especially to some strangers: you don’t have to worry about what he or she would think about you, because they don’t know you anyway. It is simply easier.
I know that social media, or new media in general , shortened the distance between the publisher and reader. I also know that for example in USA, people are much more open, even to the point of exhibitionism, writing almost everything about what they do or feel. And I’m not sure if that’s really alright.
Although, for sure it is alright to incorporate your feelings and personal experiences, even memories or sentiments into your texts when you are a blogger. I do so too, despite the fact that I used and I still use to be ‘closed’ to some extend. For sure I’m not going to write about my bad memories or family problems.
The main problem I perceive here is that probably the persons I would write about: about their feelings or experiences, wouldn’t wish me to do so. Especially in order to emphasize some idea which has not much to do with them, but…
I can’t say that it is just exhibitionism and in a way ‘selling’ one’s memories. I can’t do that because this really makes such an author very authentic, sincere and much closer to their readers. So maybe it is a way? On the other hand, it may rather be a way to accept your past, your life and so yourself by letting others know what you really are inside.