My parents always warned my sister and I to steer clear of two conversation topics that were bound to incite later problems. Sex and money: the ULTIMATE taboos.
Of course, that was long before blogs and social networking became popular. Now, over-sharing is the new norm. Sort of. While I have yet to publicly discuss my sex life (call me old-fashioned), I know writers who do. Graphically. And I’m envious of their astronomical web traffic. Just not envious enough to blog about my life as a chandelier-swinging horn dog… WHICH I AM TOTALLY NOT.
Yet here’s a curious thing about some of these “oversharers”, despite nothing being off limits in the bedroom, when it comes to their bank accounts, MONEY is still a touchy subject. Personal finances are avoided. “Recession, what recession?”
If they’re doing well, good for them. On the other hand, they’re not winning the favor of readers by pretending windfalls, credit card debt, overdraft fees and membership dues don’t exist. On my personal blog, the closest I come to talking about money is usually in the form of my garage-sale shopping addiction, my love of vintage clothes, or trips to a discount grocery store (five pounds of Bob’s Red Mill whole grain flour for three bucks – score!). Usually, the nitty-gritty, dollars-and-cents conversations are avoided. Am I going to explain how I wrangled the cash to pay for my parking tickets, or tell you how much my highlights cost? No. (Even my husband doesn’t know how much I pay to get my hair done.)
So I have to ask myself why some bloggers publicly divulge their most intimate sexual moments, yet avoid the financial? What’s up with that? It makes me think that maybe, after all these years, my parents were wrong. Sex equals a bonanza of website hits. Maybe if I combine that with money it could make me famous. But would anybody want to read about me checking my credit score online in the nude? I just hope my parents aren’t reading this!
****Jamie Brazil is the author of Prince Charming, Inc., a Night Owl Review TOP PICK, a novel about a matchmaker who rebuilds blue-collar men and sells them off as husbands to wealthy socialites. http://jamiebrazil.com