Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Building walls

One of the nice things for me about moving to Vietnam has been this blog.  By writing it, I've created a record of a lot of the interesting things I've done, and having the blog to update has given me a reason to go and sort through photos, and an audience to tell stories to.

But the problem with being a public blog is that it's PUBLIC.  The internet is goddamned accessible.  And I'm a little shy.

When I first started writing, I thought nobody was reading it at all apart from a few friends and family. Those early posts had a really different feel to the later ones - partially because I was writing about all the things that were hard and horrible as well as the things that were amazing and fun.

But once I got here to Vietnam, and more and more people I barely knew were reading, I began to feel less and less confident about what I felt I should say online. I want to tell people back home about the people here, but I don't want to offend or exploit people by saying things about them publicly.

I want to talk about my job and my volunteer work - but I REALLY don't want to do that in a public forum. 

So as I've integrated more and more with life in Vietnam, and interacted more and more with people, I've found that what I can confidently say has dwindled. There have been fewer and fewer posts, and now, I am barely writing at all.

But I really miss it!  I want to tell you all about the cool stuff I'm doing! So I have decided to limit the audience.  I love getting your comments and I love having the opportunity to share this amazing life with you.

If you want to keep reading, please drop me a line and I'll add you to the blog. There will be more posts, but you will have to log in to read them from now on. I hope that by having this extra layer of privacy, I'll feel more confident about writing more frequently.

And thanks to everyone who has been reading!  I really appreciate your support!


  1. Please add me to the blog. I'm a Chinese/Vietnamese American that was born in Saigon but currently live in Atlanta, Georgia. I found your blog a while ago via another blog, Head (South)East. I thoroughly enjoy reading blogs like yours about your experience in Vietnam. I haven't found anything that you wrote to be offensive. It's merely your experience in a foreign country. Listen, I'm from Vietnam and sometimes I don't even get these people. LOL! Anyway, you should feel confident in your writing because I'm sure there are more people out there that look forward to reading it.

  2. Hi Dragonheart
    Thanks for the lovely comment. All I need to add you to the blog is your email address. You can email it to me at katrina.lawson AT gmail.com.

    I hope you keep reading!