Is it too much?

Do I share too much of myself on this blog?

This thought has been plaguing me recently, as I do share a lot of intimate, personal details on here. Not only do I share tips and advice on how I cope with IBD, but I also have insights into what I am up to such as my travels and my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Is it just too much?

Should I be leaving some mystery to myself instead of laying my soul bare for all on the world wide web to see?

I could just be a blog that documents my journey with IBD. But to be honest, that isn’t who I am. If you know me personally, you would know that I am a pretty open and I talk. A LOT.

In my report cards when I was younger, the same comments kept coming up again and again.

“Stephanie is a delightful, intelligent girl who could achieve so much more if she stopped talking in class”

Repeatedly my mum was told what a great student I was, if only I could learn when to shut my mouth!

I can’t help it; I just love to talk to people. Sometimes, I hear myself in a conversation and there’s a voice in the back of my head going:

“Steph, you’ve been talking for a long time now, are you getting to the point? I think the other person has zoned out. Stephanie, STOP TALKING”

I don’t know what it is, but I really enjoy talking to people and finding out about them, what they’re like as person, how they like to spend their time. Maybe it’s because I like to find out so much information about people that I am so open. Who knows, but I am starting to wonder if I should rein it back a little bit. Keep a bit of myself personal; only keep the blog completely focused on IBD.

Then I think, no. Why should I? Why should I conform myself to all the other blogs out there. I want you all to see the good the bad and the ugly, and the only way you’ll see that is through the life I lead.

I like to talk and coincidently, I like to write. I really enjoy it and I may not be the best writer or the most grammatically correct, but I love sitting here and telling you all how I cope with having Inflammatory Bowel Disease, thinking of posts to write and what advice or stories I can tell you next. If there are any of you reading my blog who enjoy it, or even better take something away from my posts then I’m obviously on the right track.

I will continue to blah on at you guys, typing merrily away and you’ll be scrolling through, your eyes will glaze over and you’ll say, “Come on Steph, get to the point!”

Before I go, I was trolling the internet for other IBD blogs and found a great blog by Stephen Dempster. He’s got some great posts on there and some awesome links to other pages such as this bad boy.

It’s a site for young people living with IBD and they are currently campaigning for people to share their stories.

So, if you have IBD and are willing to share, you know what to do, click on the link above, check it out and send in a video.

You know yours truly will be, as ever trying to spread awareness.

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