Should You Be Blogging About Your Personal Life?

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Industry Observer

I have been told to stop! In my mom's voice " your personal life should be personal and not for the world" haha.

 

I always blog about my personal life, from marital issues to our exciting times e.g. Anniversaries, traveling, new endeavors etc.

 

I love my blog as a creative outlet and it is cathartic for me however; lately, there has been a lot of personal life drama going on in my family that I have been hesitant to write about because;

 

a)It's still raw,

b)I don't want people feeling sorry for me and

c)I am not sure if it is anyone's business but mine (even though this contradicts my initial response).

 

So I get why some people might not be into blogging about their personal life especially if it is wrought with drama but for me, I am still on the fence.

 

Should I Stop?

So, the question is, should you blog about your personal life? I believe the answer really depends on what you are hoping to achieve by blogging.

 

If you are looking for a way to share your thoughts and experiences with others, then blogging about your personal life can be a great way to do that.

 

However, if you are looking for feedback or advice, it may be better to focus on topics that are more general in nature.

 

My best friend doesn't like me writing about my personal life e.g. marriage or children, but she writes about her pet and believes this isn't personal.

 

She loves her pets like they are her children and posts pictures of them constantly on her FB page.

 

I have always argued that writing about your pet is personal. You are giving insights into your life, daily go on, etc. through the lens of your pet. I think this is a valid perspective.

 

(What are your thoughts on blogging about your personal life through your pets?)

 

My husband doesn't mind me blogging about my personal life, so long as it doesn't negatively affect our relationship with people we know.

 

But my mom! She definitely thinks I should stop. She argues that some things are better left private.

 

I remember blogging about my failed dating attempts in the past, and how it was cathartic for me.

 

I wasn't looking for feedback or advice, I just wanted to share my experiences with others who may have gone through something similar.

 

My mom was definitely not happy about that, I guess it was my fault for sharing my website deets with her (haha). I have since shielded her from my blog, but she always asks about it.

 

Bottom Line:

I believe whether or not to blog about your personal life is a personal decision. If you feel comfortable sharing your experiences and thoughts, do it!

 

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to blog about your personal life is up to you.

 

If you feel like it is something you want to share with others, go for it!

 

But remember to be mindful of the feelings of those around you, and don't share anything that you aren't comfortable sharing.

 

I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend! I am, it has been a long week.

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Comments (6)

Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I agree that it is  your decision.

Personally, I have never understood why someone would want to share the personal details of their lives with others. But if you do, that's your choice, whether I understand it or not.

Friends of mine have blogged about losing a pet - when it's happened to me, I did not. My grief is personal.

Primarily, I think there's a difference between personal blogging and business blogging. If it's personal, share what you want. If it's for business, it might be best to focus on business and the service you provide. 

But the bottom line is - it's your choice.

Mar 30, 2022 06:53 PM
Beth Oye

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I appreciate this Marte. 

Apr 19, 2022 02:44 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Marte Cliff said it best...it's your choice. And you can determine what your goals are in writing your blog and what you hope to achieve. 

Mar 30, 2022 07:50 PM
Beth Oye

She sure this Kathy! It is taking a lot of back and forth but I am getting there. Thanks for your input Kathy, much appreciated.

Apr 19, 2022 02:45 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Beth - blog on.  Whether it's ActiveRain or somewhere else, your voice can be heard even when comments may be few in number.

Mar 31, 2022 06:58 AM
Beth Oye

Thank you, Michael! I enjoy it 😃

Apr 19, 2022 02:45 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I agree with the other comments so far. 

As for a business blog, I think it is important to keep a professional profile, but that doesn't mean you can't include personal stuff now and then. Show people the human side and let them feel as though they know you...that can lead to trust. I think what you choose as "personal" is very important.

I've never been for the "airing out dirty laundry" type personal stuff, especially in a business blog.

Mar 31, 2022 09:19 AM
Beth Oye

Thanks Sharon, you are definitely right especially the "dirty laundry" No one needs to know it all, I am learning that now 😃

Apr 19, 2022 02:46 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Blogging is a personal and business decision.  But whether you cboose to share is up to you and your individual choice of topic(s).  I have done both and with both am particular about what I am willing to write about and/or share.  Why?  Because that is my choice! Have a fabulous weekend.

Mar 31, 2022 09:35 AM
Beth Oye

Thanks, Diana, It is truly a matter of choice. I appreciate your comment!

Apr 19, 2022 02:47 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Perhaps your mother is concerned more for your safety. Identify theft is a serious concern and by putting too much information out there you could be putting yourself at risk.

Mar 31, 2022 12:11 PM
Beth Oye

She sure is and sings it every day. I know so many scams out there. Thanks for your comment Georgie.

Apr 19, 2022 02:48 PM