Blogging is my life. I’ve been doing it for 10 years and just absolutely love the world of blogging and the community I have met and embraced myself in. I’ve seen the evolution of blogging throughout this time and I remember when nobody was even calling it a “blog.” Throughout the years I’ve seen tons of bloggers emerge and just create incredible content. If you’re an avid Mom Generations reader (which I hope you are!) you know that I do share quite a but about myself. I really don’t hold back, but that doesn’t always have to be the same case for everyone. There are definitely things I do and you don’t want to share publicly… and it really does come down to a personal decision for different people.
So what on your blog should you and shouldn’t you share?
Truth be told, I’m naturally the kind of person that shares way too much about myself, but my husband is the polar opposite. I’ll never forget when I blogged about wanting a 5th baby and it was complete news to my husband! Believe me, when I started out, he wasn’t comfortable with me even using the boys’ names on my blog!
So what to share? And what not to share?
5 Tips for What to Share and What Not to Share:
1. When you hit publish, it’s live
Realize that once a blog is published, anyone can read it. Anybody. The people you like. The people you don’t like. The people you know. The people you don’t know. If you’re going to be sharing details or information about friends or colleagues or your family, make sure you ask their permission before you put it all out there. You don’t want to hurt or surprise anyone with things they don’t want shared.
2. Intimate details
The juicy details of your life. I’ve never gone there on my blog. My personal life is my own business. Let’s face it, the juicier you write, the potential more traffic you’re going to get, but keep in mind that it may not be the readership that you want. Not to mention, make sure you’re keeping in mind who your audience is and why they come to your blog.
3. Be mindful of the photos you share
We all want to post cute photos of our children and our lives, right? Just know to be careful what you post. This is a true story. One of my good blogging friends posted an innocent photo of her kids during tub time. She was horrified to find out that someone had come to her blog searching the words “kids taking tub.” It was a tough and difficult lesson for her to learn, and she took the photo down immediately. Sharing information online is completely different than just sharing something between friends, so please make sure you’re careful. Just be very mindful of what you’re putting out there.
4. Personal details
Be VERY mindful of personal information. Stay away from sharing information about your child’s school, your street address, the sporting team your child plays on, etc. It’s not necessary to share all information like that on your blog. You can still be compelling and be a well-known blogger by not sharing such personal information. Be guarded with those details.
5. Comment time
The part we all love and the part we all sometimes hate. I know this seems silly, but it’s true. Not everyone will share your views and opinions and agree with what you’re putting on your blog. There may be a time when you get a really rude comment. Just keep chanting this in your head, “Haters are going to hate.” As much as you might try to come back with a comment or talk it out, there’s just some people who just don’t want to hear it. But I promise, the good comments always out weigh the bad ones!