Last month, I had the honor of attending the second annual BlogHer conference in San Jose, CA. My favorite session was called Next Level Naked, staying naked as your body (of work) changes, an intense and lively panel discussion and conversation with about 200 attendees dealing with issues of openness, anonymity, public discussion of one's personal life and the pros, cons and ups and downs.
This was a powerful topic for me as I have been thinking more and more about entering into a deeper realm of topics, exploring the darker regions of our emotional lives and our resistance to change, and possibly even to do clutter and project management coaching on the blog with people who volunteer. Kind of a real time case study. If you are interested in this, please let me know.
One of the people on the panel was Maryam Scoble, wife of Robert Scoble, blogging guru and former Microsoft CEO. What a delightful woman! She said something at the end that left me really thinking...she mentioned that she was vastly more interested in seeing someone in a sexy negligee than in seeing them naked, that the mystery was what was compelling to her.
That got me thinking...
In the case of someone's personal blog, yes, I agree, it makes sense to leave some things to the imagination, but in the case of a personal growth or lifestyle management blog such as It's Not About Your Stuff, I want to be truly fearless. My intention is to open myself deeply and to create a safe place for people to comment and talk about any insights or revelations they may have come upon, in hopes that these aha!s might spark someone else's awakening.
I hold to the strictest code of confidentiality. I pledge to always keep my case studies anonymous and never to reveal anyone's identity without their express and written permission.
As an organizer, I constantly have my hands on people's sensitive information, their bank accounts, credit card information, social security numbers and passwords. Luckily, I have one of those brains that can't keep numbers in my memory for more than about 45 seconds! All this responsibility has made me very aware of what an honor it is to hold someone's trust and how much of a responsibility it is. Not to be taken lightly.
So...if you are interested in plumbing the depths with me on this blog, totally anoymously, just send me an email with your phone number and a bit about what you have going on and we can talk.
((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Jessica -:¦:-