“Thankyou for sharing your life with me!”
A lovely statement said to me this week as I had apparently inspired a reader, so much that she made a huge change in her life. That’s one of the best things about blogging, that I can add value and sometimes make a difference. It prompted a conversation between us around how much of our personal lives should we actually share in our blog. Where do you draw the line?For me, I do share some of my personal life, more often than not about my thoughts or experiences. I think that helps people understand what I am about and they kinda get me if that makes sense. What I don’t do however is share some of the intimate details because I think we all crave some form of privacy in some ways. Would I share the exact address of my apartment, no. Would I share an awesome restaurant I frequent, yes.
I think that when you put yourself out into the blogosphere you are in a way, your blog. It is your persona, your thoughts, and your voice so there needs to be some kind of an acceptance that you will share information about your life online. The same with Instagram as you are sharing pictures of your life in some way shape or form. I don’t often post real-time on Instagram purely because I gather heaps of material in advance but sometimes posting where you are can obviously indicate you are not at home and those naughty thieves who know your address can trundle down to a property to help themselves to your goods.
At the end of the day, what people choose to share online is their business and their choice. Some like to keep it completely professional and some are happy to share the ins and outs of their lives. It really is each to their own.
I am happy to share information about my thoughts, experiences, restaurants and so on but privacy online is important to me too. I would never compromise my safety so as to put myself in danger so my advice is to share what feels comfortable for you whilst still allowing your readers to connect with you.
What do you think about online privacy? Have you had any undesired experiences? I would love to hear your thoughts.
So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.