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Creating Personal Boundaries in Blogging: What Will You Share?

By Dec 19, 2012July 8th, 201412 Comments

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Understanding personal boundaries is an issue that every blogger faces at some point along their journey. As content creators, we have a propensity toward sharing some of the most private moments of our personal history. But it’s a fine line to walk – how much do you share, and how?

Personal Boundaries in Blogging

There is one important question you need to ask yourself when you write a blog post: What am I willing to share?

Before you sit down to write a new blog post, it is a good idea to have your blogging boundaries in place. This is especially true if you write stories about your kids, family, or friends. The pictures and stories you share on your blog have the potential to last forever.

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  • I began blogging to encourage married women experiencing trials within their marriage and families. I have a blended family. I’ve been separated many times within my marriage and scheduled for divorce TWICE. For me the only boundaries will be sharing the names of our children. Even then, I slip at times.

  • This is definitely an issue all bloggers will have to deal with, especially when readership grows. I recently read a post by a blogger that I follow. She wrote about a recent conversation with her mother where she said she no longer felt she should be sharing about her toddler son. Her mother agreed. The blogger explained to the audience that it was almost something that hit her over night. It all depends on comfort level. Some bloggers love to share and over-share. Some give you just a glimpse into their life as well as the lives of their children. Another blogger I follow refuses to ever give up the names of her three kids. Its all about comfort level and like I said earlier, I strongly believe one’s comfort level changes as readership grows.

  • I am pretty much an open book when it comes to my life but for both personal and professional reasons I make sure to think before hitting publish. The internet makes things way too easy to come back and bite you in the heiney later so I strive to be careful with everything that’s published.

  • Julie Moore says:

    Yep. As some have taken to say, “The internet is forever.” Once you hit, “Publish”, even if you delete it later, it can still show up somewhere. I think you never just write in the heat of the moment. If you need to get it out, write it, but DON’T publish it. Wait until you’ve cooled down and then re-read and make sure you want to put that out there.

    Anyway, thanks for posting this! There’s some great advice here!

  • This is something that I feel evolves, but I’m constantly having to check myself. I see my blog as a journal for my sons as they get older, but I also want to respect that their future wives may be reading. 🙂

  • Adrian says:

    That’s always a tough question. I struggle with this one too and I’m actually a little bit shy about sharing my blog with people I know. For some reason, I don’t mind sharing it with strangers, but sharing it with people who actually KNOW me just makes me squirm for some reason. I think that’s why I don’t have a Facebook link to my blog, even though I know it really hurts my reader levels.

  • Jen says:

    I am incredibly careful these days. I’ve been blogging for almost four years and have made a couple of mistakes along the way. You have to realize that no matter how innocuous you think a reference to a family member or friend might be, that person can still get upset. This has happened to me when not even using the person’s name. It’s tough to write from one’s life without ever talking about other people close to you in some way but I try to avoid it at all costs now. I either keep things centered on me or social commentary in general.

  • Kristiina says:

    I set boundaries and then I break them. I’m not very good at it but I think I’ll get better when I have kids.

  • This is something I have thought of often since starting my blog. Thank you for the reminder that there are good reasons to have boundaries.

  • Barbara says:

    I share snippets. I share what I would share with someone face to face. My blog is snapshots of my life….not the whole story.

  • these are some really helpful insights. i tend to think about my boundaries as issues arise, but really should set a clear line – what am i willing to make public & what should remain offline? thank you for raising this thought!

  • I really try to remember them!