Our world pretty much revolves around technology & the internet whether we like it or not. And for me, I’ve been the more conflicted type of person loving the concept of sharing your life to the world through social media to kind of wanting to go back to the early 90’s when it was less of a thing. And as a blogger, I’ve talked about how without social media, we’d be kind of at a loss but also believing we don’t need every bit of it. So today, I’m posing the question, “how much is too much when it comes to sharing online?” Is it better to be more vulnerable & open or rather more closed off & private? Where do you fit on the pendulum?
I’ve kind of always been more of a private person in my personal life. Being vulnerable & speaking up has been a struggle of mine for a while & anytime I do decide to go out of my comfort zone of oversharing, I regret it. It’s funny because some people will tell you being an open book is better with developing solid relationships while others think saying too much could scare them off. I’ve always been careful not to be a burden to anyone. But it’s a damned if you do & damned if you don’t type of confliction. And with this mental battle, I try to find a healthy medium. Sharing enough to stay authentic but not too much where you may worry people. Being protective of your secrets & thoughts but not being so closed off you feel alone.
And when it comes to my online presence & digital persona, the struggle of finding that healthy balance is so evident. In my personal life, I couldn’t even handle the effort needed to keep up with my social media presence. And when I ventured back to it for blogging, I couldn’t decide what to share with complete strangers (no offense). Honestly, I still am conflicted. I choose to post Canva made images instead of personal photos to maintain privacy. But then I think that’s too boring. I guess I’m just curious if other bloggers go through these similar challenges. To any reader who has stumbled upon this post, I’ll leave you with some things to consider before you press publish or share:
A Few Things To Consider Before You Share Anything:
Ask yourself, “would you care if this ended up on the front page of a newspaper or website?”
“how would this image or information benefit someone else?”
“does this reflect how I want to be seen?”
If it’s of other people, “did I ask permission to share their photo or information?”
What are your thoughts on privacy in the digital world?