A few days ago I was at home, typing away on my parents' computer. My mom asked, "Whom are you typing to?" I told her, "No one," but she wouldn't take that as an answer. Rather than be pestered about it for the the rest of the evening, I went ahead and told her I was writing on my blog.
Big mistake. She's now determined to find my blog, and she's enlisted my brother in the search. He's been aware that I have a pf blog but doesn't know the title. Fortunately, I haven't posted enough identifying details to be easily googleable by someone who knows about my real life but not the blog, but I'm assuming that if she's determined enough, it's just a matter of time.
She correctly points out that I post this where millions of people can read it. (I'm very grateful for the dozen or so of you who do actually read Not Living on Ramen once in a while.) However, I really don't want her reading it. She's never been great at accepting that her children should be allowed privacy; I'm still disappointed by her decision to read my journal when I was in junior high. This is hardly in the same category; my blog does not contain all of my darkest secrets. Nonetheless, I really don't think that this is her business.
How do you handle these situations? Do you avoid mentioning your blog to others? Do you tell your friends and family all about it, including how to go read it? Do your family members know you blog but respect your desire to keep your blog somewhat private and anonymous? Should I give in to my mother's demands, quit blogging entirely, or just become much more diligent about clearing my browsing history?