Love me, love my blog. And my Twitter updates. And my Facebook status. And my Instagram photos.
When I was first getting my blog off the ground a few years ago, my parents told me I was sharing too much of my personal life in my posts. (Yes, they read my blog everyday.) They believed that if I was going to blog about fashion, stories about my weekend adventures and photos of my friends and I hanging out shouldn't be part of the equation. Partly because they brought it to my attention, I realized that as my blog readership grew, my more distant followers didn't particularly care about those posts.
Contrast that with the blog and twitter feed of someone like Bryanboy. He doesn't hold back at all – from intoxicated late-night tweets to quirky rants on sex and his boyfriend – he puts it all out there. And he has 250,000 Twitter followers who love it.
Is your personal life relavant to your blog?
Blogging has allowed each of us to extend a part of our personality and share it with an unimaginably large audience. We can share our fashion, anecdotes about our lives, and really just about anything we want. Pile social media on top of that – the meteoric rise in popularity of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and we've virtually eliminated the word shy from our vocabulary.
While it's all well-and-good that we're sharing the details and minutia of our day-to-day lives (here's a photo of my dinner, a tweet about how sleepy I am, an status update of where I'm traveling this weekend, etc) – what about our offline friends, family, and spouses who are inadvertently included in these updates?
An interesting article from The New York Times last week explored the issues that can arise between couples when one person is using social media to share private moments, photos or stories that include the other without their knowledge. In some instances, the spouses are requesting approval of such posts before they go out to the masses. Do you think Bryanboy's boyfriend knows about the tweets? Is it just part of the fabulous Bryanboy package?
Authenticity or TMI?
We share a lot of our lives on our blogs. How much of it includes the people around us? How much sharing is too much? Should we be asking permission to reveal details of our intimate relationships, share photos of our loved ones or tweet our grievances with our IRL friends? (You know things have gotten crazy when we've developed an abbreviation to be used online, to represent things that happen in real life, or IRL. Does that seem ridiculous to anyone else?)
If we hold back for fear of upsetting someone, does that take away from the authenticity of our voice?
Do you check with the people you care about before talking about them or posting a photo online? Is it essential to keeping the peace in a relationship? Do you have a different policy for social media or your blog when it comes to sharing? Let us know in the comments!
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