Every blogger is different. We might all be in the same “business”, but every person has different ideas and a unique personality. That’s what makes life interesting, and that’s why every blog is different, mainly because the personality of the blogger is shining through. When you’re officially a blogger, there are certain things that will happen to you when your blog is a few months old – things you may not have foreseen. It’s possible your confidence will grow (You no longer care that people stare when you’re taking pictures in public. I mean, you’re working here!), maybe your style will evolve and you’ll probably make some blogger friends. All is good, all is great. Or maybe not. Like everything in life, there are some tricky parts to deal with. As a blogger you share a part of your life, but some people may think that that’s not enough. How do you draw the line between your blogging and private life?
Bloggers are like celebrities.
Let me clarify what I mean. It’s a well-known fact that celebs have to be very careful with their private life. They seek attention, because it helps their career, but they also get stalked by paparazzi. Not fun. You may say that it’s their own fault and that they’ve often brought it on themselves (which is probably true in some cases). Bloggers are – in a way – similar to celebrities. We seek attention, because it helps our blog. Therefore we’ll use social media such as Facebook and Twitter, because it helps spreading the word. However, there is a big part of our lives we don’t want to share with the whole world. As a blogger, you may also encounter some readers who really do want to know more about your life – more than what you choose to put out there on your blog. I believe we all are entitled to choose what we’d like to keep private and what we’d like to share. Yes, you may say it’s “teasing” people when you put certain parts of your life online, but that still doesn’t mean that everyone has the right to know every embarrassing childhood story or when you first kissed.
Think before you share.
Now, before you start thinking that I feel like a celebrity or have thousands of crazy fans, I’d just like to state that is not the case. This post is more about some feelings regarding privacy I have been experiencing last week. There were a lot of things happening at once – to me & my blog – that were fun and exciting. Yet there’s also a little voice inside my head that says – watch out, be careful! On one hand, I’d love to share every amazing thing that happens immediately. My rational side says it’s better to wait a while and think about it, see how everything works out. This is hard (’cause who doesn’t want to share potentially good news?), but I do believe this is better. Just imagine how you’ll feel when these things don’t work out the way you’d expected. You’ll be happy that it’s not on the Internet and now you can sob and feel bad without anyone knowing about it :)
Facebook Friends – Yay or Nay?
Blogging and social media go hand in hand. If we see people have “liked” our page or start following us, we’re happy. But what if a reader wants to add you as a Facebook Friend? Don’t take it personal, but for me that’s one step too far. Not that I share tons of juicy info on Facebook, it’s just a place I’d like to reserve for friends, family and acquaintances.
For me, Twitter is the perfect medium to connect with your readers. They can ask you questions, you can respond pretty quickly and people still get to know you on a different level. Twitpics of your lunch, confessing your favorite Beverly Hills character, sneak peeks of upcoming posts – it’s all there for your pleasure, readers!
So there you have it, that’s how I feel. Another piece of thought I was happy to share with you all :) Like always, I’d also love to hear what you think of this matter!