“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.

Picture of diary, coffee and plant on a wooden table

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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.

Picture of white desk with photo, laptop and accessories

Photo Cred: Arnel Hasanovic / Unsplash

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.

N x

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.

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13 Comments on “How Much Of Your Personal Life Should You Share On Your Blog?

  1. I think the line needs to be drawn, definitely. I try to be as honest as I can be with my readers, but there are just some things that should be kept to myself. The way I see it, a blog is nothing but a snapshot of your life at a moment in time xx

  2. When I first started, I never imagined that I would share so much personal information. I draw the line at discussing my work, my neighbourhood and that kind of information. I tend to stick more to my life experience, but it is great when you share something very raw and then people relate and feel the same. xxxxx

    • I agree with you and I think there’s a fine line but it’s almost kind of liberating when you can share some personal information, inner thoughts and many people can relate and appreciate where you are coming from xxx

  3. I think it all depends on how open you want to be or what type of blog you are putting out there. If you want to share every detail, go for it. However, I think that it is best to keep some personal items private and really just share the content of your life that you feel others may want to know about.

    Blogs can be a bit time consuming but are also enjoyable. As soon as they start to become something that can’t be enjoyed, then what is the point :). I say, if you enjoy it, write how you’ve been writing. If you don’t enjoy the writing style you’ve been using, change it up.
    I have seen some people share a bit too much of their personal life though and it can be scary to share all your life with complete strangers out there that can access it.

    • I totally agree with you and blogging can be so time consuming, organisation is key and personally think the same as you that if you don’t enjoy blogging then don’t do it! I hope you’re having a great day! Thankyou for reading my work 🙂

      • It is great stuff! I love the idea of blogs and some people don’t. All personal preference 🙂 Hope you are having a great day as well

  4. The idea of sharing details about my personal life on my blog has been a pretty scary concept for me- maybe I’m just being paranoid, but I’ve heard so many terrifying stories about stalkers…I started posting with a very professional voice. But I quickly learned through the advice of very honest, loving friends that maybe I was too sterile. I’ve started trying to squeak some personality into my content, without revealing too much.
    Like you said, I don’t want to give out the address to my apartment, but sharing some pictures and stories from my favorite restaurant makes me seem accessible and like a real human being.

    • I completely agree with you on how scary it can feel and initially I was the same, I quickly learned not to post where I am real time, I tend to take pictures and save them up and post them whenever I feel like it which gives me a sense of security. I think it’s nice to share your personality with your readers and you are also completely within your right to decide what you share. I think what you share already with us is just perfect ✌🏼

      • I really like your idea of saving up pictures and posting them at a later time. I’ll have to start incorporating that for social media.
        Thanks for the encouragement!

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