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Getting too personal

  1. figment profile image80
    figmentposted 8 years ago

    When we express our feelings such as poetry or journal entries on HubPages, are we getting too personal?  How personal is too personal?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think that's up to the individual.

      I'm surprised at the amount of soul-baring that happens here - some Hubbers are very into the community aspect of the site, and I think they forget it's not just Hubbers who will read what they write. 

      If someone wants to reveal all in a Hub, that's their choice - however I do think they have a responsibility to consider what effect their revelations could have on their family or other people who might be involved.

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      cosetteposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      well, as long as the Hubteam doesn't think anything i hub about is too personal, then it's not smile

    3. tantrum profile image60
      tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I write poetry, but it doesn't reflect my  intimate feelings. I don't write about my personal life. Only superficial things I can share with everybody.
      My inner self is for me only.

    4. Internetwriter62 profile image81
      Internetwriter62posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I love to write poetry, I used to write more poetry back in the nineties, and even received two Golden Poet Awards. I think poetry does often undress the soul, although, it is up to the poet to use discretion when writing. Good poetry does take some removal of one's defensive layers, and one must be frank and risk it sometimes, if you truly want to be a good poet and touch your readers risk is essential.

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    Crazdwriterposted 8 years ago

    I have many personal hubs on here...I think if you go into full detail of your sex life that is WAY to personal

    1. lovelypaper profile image67
      lovelypaperposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree. I think it's ok to express yourself and if you feel comfortable writing about your life, you should but keep the personal bedroom stuff in the bedroom.

  3. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago


    http://hubpages.com/hub/An-Intimate-Fri … -The-Touch

    The two hubs I've posted are simply examples and not self-promotion.

    These two hubs have the most personal kinds of affects/effects I've been able to publish without problems.

    The first one is about my father.

    The second is about a relationship between friends. It borderlines sensual and erotica writing.

    I hope that helps. smile

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    Mrsincadosposted 8 years ago

    I'd say its more open to interpretation as to each individual would regard as 'too personal'. Some may say one's sex life, emotions, marriage, friendship details, confessions.

    As for many, it is an outlet and some sort of way to let loose.

    However, knowing that people crave attention in ways, insert the shocker factor here.

    Personally I choose to divulge little, as I am a fairly private person, and rather favor that way. So depending how social people are can also factor.

    Then again it circles back to the open interpretation of each person, and what one perceives.

    That's just my opinion though. smile

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      B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      very well put..I was thinking along the same lines, so why repeat it..you said it wonderfully...

  5. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    I agree, it's up to the person and how much they want to share with the world.

    I have a few of my poems here, but very intimate, erotic poetry of mine will never be on HP. but that's my choice.

    the online world is the platform here, also here in the forums.

  6. Laura du Toit profile image86
    Laura du Toitposted 8 years ago

    I love poetry and writing poems may or may not be about your personal experiences. It may just be a way of seeing things through somebody else's eyes. Not all poets have necessarily experienced what they write about so I feel it is a reasonably safe means of writing about personal experiences without actually stating that it is your personal experience.

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    philip carey 61posted 8 years ago

    I think the anonymity that the web offers can make it an especially safe place to discuss things you otherwise wouldn't. My deepest held feelings are for God and strangers.

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    poetlorraineposted 8 years ago

    yeah that is if the picture that is on your avatar is not you..............................

  9. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 8 years ago

    I don't have any illusions that it really matters that much what I think of personal stuff in hubs - however, I defend everyone's right to write personal things and it doesn't matter whether I like it or not - it's their right, within the HP rules, of course.

  10. AdeleCosgroveBray profile image96
    AdeleCosgroveBrayposted 8 years ago

    To what has already been said here, I'd add that it is wise to remember that the internet is very much a public forum.  Ask yourself if you would mind your employer or a future employer reading it, (for example.)  If the answer is no, then it's probably too personal.

  11. tobey100 profile image60
    tobey100posted 8 years ago

    I'm probably as guilty as anyone of posting personal material but hey, that's what I know.  If it helps make my point, so be it.  I've found it's those personal examples that provide the most insight.

    By the way, what do you think this bump on the back of my leg could be?????

    1. AnythingArtzy profile image83
      AnythingArtzyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Arnold Swartzenager would say.... it's not a tuma..."Kindergarden cop"

      had to go there tobey.

      I think personal stuff is fine, some of my hubs are very personal. It's kinda like therapy for me when I'm dealing with something or someone puting it on paper so to speak makes it less "threatening"