I’ve been on and off blogging and sharing my life online since 2013. It seems like a long time ago and looking back on the day I decided to sign up for a personal blog, I don’t think I ever regretted it. It was like writing a diary and the comments of my readers motivated me to keep documenting my story.
While sharing your story online, there’s danger of you doing what people would all “over-sharing”. And the tricky part about it is that there’s really no definition – what falls into the category of over-sharing is usually judged differently by each individual.
Personal vs. professional.
There is a positive and influential kind of over-sharing and there is a different kind of over-sharing that I would like to tackle in this post today. Recently I went through a break-up. It sucked. And I turned to social media and my blog when I felt like I couldn’t talk to my friends or family about it. Other personal stuff happened that I ended up tweeting or posting about. As a blogger trying to grow their audience or whatnot – this was crucial.
I had my Twitter account on private for weeks because I felt like I tweet about things entrepreneurs or fellow bloggers probably wouldn’t like seeing on their timeline because it is not something a ‘professional blogger’ usually would tweet about.
I tend to be very personal and straightforward because, well, I am. I don’t have a filter with certain things. And I detest being fake-happy and solely posting what I think people would want to see. In my opinion, it defeats the purpose of fully expressing myself and having my own voice.
Of course, there are ways to be both personal and professional and not all professional bloggers are being fake. That’s not at all what I’m pining on with this post. It’s just that for me, it doesn’t work hand-in-hand most of the time. And that could be seen as unprofessional.
Truth vs. Influence
Of course, I keep in mind that I have an audience and I could have the potential to influence the one or the other reader but it’s honestly not like I am sharing every personal thing on social media, let alone triggering contents (I think) – which is something that I find important and essential.
I would like to portray truth on my social media and not pretend to be something I am not, yet I would like to filter when appropriate. That’s naturally why I am far from posting legit everything going on in my life. It’s just not the place for it.
What is your opinion on this?
Do you think you over-share?
Where do you set the limit?