No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.***ROBERT FROST***
I enjoyed reading your blog "All that glitters is not gold..."
and must admit symphatise your pain...what can I say, I'm a sucker for tragic romance ;> ... your openness and honesty is very much appreciated.
I write enough to try to make the story interesting. I'm not all that wild and crazy as it is...but several friends could read between the lines in some of my stories and also had several people request the "director's cut" in person once I got home.
But for others - go ahead and post that with which you are comfortable. If you have things about your travels that you don't want people to know...then don't share it. If you like people to know every facet of your experiences - then let it rip.
A friend of mine wrote once in her blog about the attempted suicide of her employer. Once he recovered from the... ehm, from his failed feat, he threated her with taking legal actions against her unless she promptly removed that entry. Now, apart from not understanding how someone who is keen in taking his life away can a few days later get so pissed off just because someone have written about it, I do admire people like my friend who use a blog as true diary.
Personally, I try to be as open as I can, altough some very private issues are maybe too delicate to be shared with a few hundreds unknown, random people. As for names, I sometimes change those of other people involved in my stories, but I would not dream of hiding myself behind a ficticious name just for the sake of eventual, theoretical jobs.
I sometimes have the 'to say it or not to say it dilemma' when it comes to saying something about a country that patriotic people from that country wont like or that others who love that country unconditionally would not like. I usually do say it and then try to talk about it in a diplomatic way when those who object to what I said comment. Sometimes I tone down the way I express my opinion a little to make it a bit less abbrassive to those reading.