As someone who works with bloggers on a daily basis, I’ve come to recognize some of the main concerns and fears of The Ladies of Blogland. One of those being, should you share your personal life on your blog? I’ve had nervous clients ask me in nearly hushed tones, how much is too much? Where should I draw the line? In my case, I do share my personal life, but certainly not all of it. I may not dish out the most nitty gritty details, but I think the readers who check in with my blog everyday have a pretty good picture of who I am, where I live, and what I do. I like the feeling of being “understood” by the people who frequent my site and I’ve found that when I get personal on occasion, it’s easier for people to connect with me.
On the other hand, I know there are bloggers who might cringe at the lack of privacy. I also know there are others who waver between wanting to keep their blog strictly professional and yearning to add pieces of themselves within their usual content.
Blogging is interesting, because it’s journalism at a microscopic level. We have a self-imposed duty to share relevant, useful information, but since we’re often one-woman (or man!) shows, the things we share come from our own perspectives and experiences. This is often what draws people to blogging — it’s personal and therefore easier to relate to. Where do you draw the line? Do you?
I’m curious and would love to hear your thoughts and experience!
Do you share your personal life on your blog?
If so, why? Do you have any concerns with it? If not, why not? Is it about privacy? Wanting to keep your blog more professional? Something else? Let’s chat!
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