I finally did it. I deleted almost four years of my blog.
Okay, that's a little dramatic--I didn't actually delete anything, I just chose to revert posts from 2008-early 2012 to drafts.
I've been struggling for a while on whether or not I should do this, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it was the right choice for me. Someone recently introduced his/her family to my blog, and they then read way more about my past than I wish they would have--so much that when we officially met for the first time, they had read all about my deceased "soul mate," the ex-boyfriend who cheated on me (womp womp), and all about my life for the previous five years.
It's weird that I'm totally okay with people who I'll never meet reading all about my life, but that goes with the whole blogger thing. There was something about the above situation that creeped me out though, and also made me incredibly annoyed. It's not that all of that stuff is "private"--actually the opposite, since I put it on the interwebs (plus I love to scream from the rooftops how great people Chris and Chels were). But I was a little ticked that the family didn't ask me about these situations or my life prior to my friendship with their son/daughter. Instead, they chose to read it--and read as much as they wanted. It feels a little violating, you know?
Sometimes you type up a post out of frustration, or sadness, or just plain grief, and your blog readers are with you through the journey, sharing your soul via the internet. And I love that. But I don't think someone I know (or will soon know) in real life should be able to go back to what I was feeling in May of 2009 via my blog and be understand how I currently feel now, especially when they don't have something similar that I can find out about them. It's like being forced to strip naked in front of fully clothed people.
So, I deleted my blog's history. I'm sure you can find it via some good Googling, but I don't even care--I just wanted it off my page. My heart is a little lighter now, knowing I can still share my life with y'all without having to worry about any new friendships reading my entire adult life history. And I'm still blogging, you just can't read about me from 2008-2011. Don't worry though, if you have any questions, just ask--I'd be glad to answer them...to you.
Have you ever thought about deleting all or part of your blog? What did you decide?