Protecting your privacy is something you should do regardless of whether you’re a blogger or not. Having a private life is a happy life. Nobody knows your wins, nobody knows your losses. How blissful does that sound? As bloggers we really do put ourselves out there. Some of us share personal things, health struggles, financial issues and even the family problems we face. This really opens us up to criticism and judgement from people on the internet.
I have had faced some instances in life where people have tried to find out things about me when I don’t know them. Thankfully this has never happened to me since I have started blogging. But, thats mainly because I have set those privacy boundaries that not many people can cross. You may not realise it yet, but blogging really makes you visible to the world. I mean, I share my whole name for the world to see. I show my face on my blog and Instagram. People know who I am and know my name. Thankfully thats it though and thats about as much as I let people know.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE BOUNDARIES
I often hear people talking about boundaries, and have come to realise how important they really are. Boundaries in blogging is something you should put in place right when you first start your blog. What is it you’re going to allow people know about you? How far are you going to let people into your personal life? These are the important questions to ask yourself.
Boundaries don’t mean that you build a wall around yourself. It just means there are certain things you will and won’t allow. This is important to do, especially when it comes to your privacy. Not everyone needs to know everything about you, and this is something I am slowly learning as I get older. Keeping things private is a good thing.
IT’S SAFER FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES
You have to remember that you are in charge of your own privacy settings online. It’s up to you to manage who you let in and who you don’t. Personally, I don’t and won’t ever share my family or friends on my blog or blog social media accounts. I don’t feel comfortable showing the faces of the people I love, and thats my personal choice. I know other bloggers who have family blogs and show their families daily. It’s about what you want to do.
There is no rule book to this, its about what you feels best for you. And for me, keeping my family and friends away from my blog is what I feel most comfortable doing. I have even gone to the extent to ask some of them to privatise their accounts if they can. I know how weird people can be, and people can have bad intentions. So I’d rather protect them and myself.
IT KEEPS PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR BUSINESS
When I first came back to blogging last year I made the rookie mistake of connecting my personal Instagram account to my blog. This invited quite a few people into my own private social space and I quickly realised I didn’t feel comfortable. I would really recommend this if you want to keep your private life private!
One of the best things I did was separate my social accounts. I created a blog Instagram account and now everything blog related goes there. As I have said already, it makes me feel more comfortable separating personal from blogging. It’s kind of like how people keep work and home life separate. Its the same thing!
How do you maintain your privacy as a blogger?
Do you think it’s important to keep your personal life and blog life separate?
I know there will be probably some conflicting views on this topic, so this is your reminder that I can only speak on my own personal views and experiences. Everyone is different and has different priorities in life, and thats okay. What you do is your choice! Whatever makes you comfortable is what’s best for you.