Finally I’ve got time and muse for working on my new blog series: Confessions of a Blogger. In which I want to talk about every bite of a bloggers life, incidents, problems and of course also the fun part, but I always try to focus on points that are worth a discussion and thoughts that came up during my time blogging at theriswardrobe.com. These posts will be Sunday exclusives and today I want to kick off this whole new series by sharing my thoughts about privacy with you.
Privacy is definitely one of the most relevant point for a blogger because where to set the boundary between public and private? When does our personal life become public property and where should we stop talking when the urge grows stronger to shout our problems just because we are getting used to it? These are all questions that came up during the last few years.
I have hundreds of unpublished posts, hundreds of pictures no one ever saw except me and every once in a while I’m fighting my inner “publisher” not to shout out all my personal problems. After careful consideration I just had the feeling that these words would go to far and that I don’t want to share my deepest private feelings with everyone. But as a blogger you easily get used to posting everything you write so I found myself writing more personal with every post I published and soon I reached a level where my private life was in danger becoming public – not in a hollywood kind a way but everyone who clicked on my blog knew everything. Opening up one’s entire life can make one vulnerable in a very special way. There are many bored people out there on the internet who love digging into other peoples messes and enjoy a public mud fight more than any new action movie.
But as a blogger we’ve actively chosen to share a part of our life with our readers so we have to face the fact that our privacy is also a public matter. Over the years – as I said above – I started realizing that I’m likely to go to far so I set some rules to myself and to my blogging that will maintain my privacy. First, I never discuss family on the internet and while friends and friendship might be topics around here I would never mention names or show pictures of them without their consent. Second, a political attidue is no public topic open for discussion – it’s good to stand up for one’s believes but political believes are private, which actually is the basic idea of a democracy. Moreover there is no room for hate around the blog as well as loss and anger which might be the most sensitive topic when it comes to privacy. These few point also apply to my social media and as I use Facebook, twitter & co. (more or less) for my blog only it’s quite easy to keep an eye on the content of my postings.
Privacy isn’t only an issue to bloggers – how do you maintain your privacy when it comes to social media? Or if you are a blogger how do you draw the line between public and private? Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions!