Loss is a part of life. This year, I’ve lost friends, family, and pets, and some days the sadness permeates everything. Other days, we laugh and smile. As with all things, in time, the balance between sunshine and dark shifts the scale towards sunshine.
Grief is often best when shared, at least during the earliest stages. As a blogger, the challenger is when and where to blog your grief.
The first instinct you may have is to blog your grief and loss across social media channels. This is natural. You want to let your friends know what’s going on. You want their support. You want them to feel your loss.
While sharing your life is healthy, is your blog the best place to share your grief?Depends.
Blaring it out across all the social webs might be a good idea, and your natural tendency, but some losses are best shared with those who care the most about you. Sometimes wide-spread notes of something personal and private can back fire, bringing a never-ending flood of positive, and sometimes negative, responses.
If you turn to your blog to share your grief, and it is a personal site, do so. It’s your private space. Share as you wish.
If you decide to publish on your professional site, one focused on your business, professional services and products, that’s not a good place to expose your grief publicly. Possibly. It is all about context. If you’ve set a precedence for sharing who you are opening with your clients and readers, such sharing is appropriate.
Consider limited your social media network exposure to your loss to those closest to you, not everyone following you, if possible.