Quite a stir going on over at Motherhood Uncensored yesterday! Always nice to see the asshats out and about from their little troll-holes in the woods. (Check out the comments if you aren’t sure what I mean.)
The discussion did have a major question come out of it though- is it acceptable to vent about your in-laws on your blog?
I am in a fairly unique position of getting along well with mine. My husband’s parents and brother and his family all live here in the same city, and we see them about once a week usually. Some of them do have their little quirks, but overall they are great people and I couldn’t have picked better as far as in-laws go. the ex’s parents are on vacation in Vegas right now, and I actually miss them!
For various reasons though, not everyone is so lucky. I’ve heard in-law stories that would make my annoyingly-straight hair curl. I’d probably be ready to vent to the world too if I had to spend time with some of those people. Everything from racism to bad taste to drug problems to favoritism, bad in-law stories abound. But is it ok for us to put out there to the world personal details of other people’s lives?
How would your MIL feel if she read your blog where you complained about getting a baby gift from a yard sale? Would your SIL be upset if she came across your rant about her partying and frequent overnight male visitors? How would you feel if you came across their blogs and saw this stuff written about YOU?
I am on the fence on this, a place I hate to be because let’s face it, splinters in the ass are just no fun. On one hand no one should have to censor their thoughts and constantly worry what will be brought up and held against them at the next family get-together. On the other, while what they don’t know won’t hurt them, what they find out, might. Family discord is bad enough. Getting between your husband and his family, no matter what the cause, is a whole ‘nother can of worms.
So how do you feel about this? Do you blog about your in-laws? Do you get along with them? Would you hesitate before hitting submit, or is all fair game in the world of blogging?
(Be sure to vote in my first weekly poll over to the right!)