It looks like I am going to be playing blog post catch up for the rest of Diabetes Blog Week. I thought I’d get caught up Tuesday and Wednesday’s posts on my plane ride Wednesday afternoon (#itstartedwithcupcakes) but I could feel the eyes of the guy in the middle seat repeatedly drifting over to my computer screen and that didn’t make for very comfortable writing. I knew it wasn’t just my imagination when he asked me about the work project I had decided to tackle instead.
Speaking of work…
When I first started blogging, I had just moved across the country for a new job. I didn’t know anyone in my new state so it was a way to keep in contact with people back home. I eventually fell into blogging about diabetes, especially as I found more and more people who were doing the same thing. But in my earliest posts, I talked a lot more about my job than I felt comfortable doing in the years that have followed.
I never had much of a problem talking about my blog at work, but it was a different story talking about much of my work on my blog. Most of my job involved meeting with and listening to the stories of other people. It was hard to share about my job without crossing some pretty serious privacy boundaries. Selfishly, the other reason that kept me from talking more specifically about my occupation was the idea of people asking me to help them off the clock (like asking a doctor to look at a rash during a dinner party).
When I moved to Las Vegas a little over two years ago, there still wasn’t much to talk about related to work. I had completely changed career paths but now I was working for my extended family at their small business. That added another level of privacy issues and boundaries that made writing about work very challenging.
As of about eight months ago, my occupation and my diabetes have a much closer connection. Working for JDRF brings a completely different set of challenges about blogging about work. Part of the reason why I haven’t written as much in the past few months is that it is incredibly time consuming learning a new job and planning huge events but the other part is that I am still navigating how much I feel comfortable sharing. There are important stories to tell though, because I think there are a lot of misconceptions and incorrect assumptions about the day-to-day work life in a job like mine. I hope to start sharing more of those stories soon.
Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see. What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet? Or from your family and friends? Why is it important to keep it to yourself? (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone. There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects. Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won’t tell them.)