Published by New Lune
It’s very important to stay safe as a blogger. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think being a blogger is dangerous or that you will have negative experiences. It’s more about the fact that the internet is so vast and you don’t truly know who is behind a screen so it’s important that you think before you do anything. An inconvenient about blogging is probably your privacy.
It’s really hard to keep yourself private when you are a blogger, it doesn’t matter what niche your blog is or whether you choose to blog publicly or anonymously. You are exposed publicly in one way or another. Your thoughts, opinions, experiences, pictures and even words are there publicly for everyone to see.
For instance in my case, I choose to blog privately. You can get an idea of my appearance through some of my pictures and you definitely know more about me compared to people in my real life. With that said, I still plan on blogging that way. I don’t think I’ll ever show my face (but never say never).
On the other hand, if you choose to blog publicly whether by showing your face and/or your name – there are a number of things you need to be aware of in order to maintain your privacy. Anything can go viral these days so it’s very important that you know these things. In today’s post, I’m going to share with you certain things you need to do or be aware of in order to keep your privacy. As always, if you are interested – keep on reading!
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First and foremost, you not only need to establish limits with other people online but with yourself as well. As a blogger, we tend to share more information than we intend to and that’s completely normal. I consider my readers as my online friends so there is no need for me to hide certain things if I want to share something. But the most important part that most bloggers forget is that our readers are not the only people reading our posts.
You have to be very careful about the things you decide to share or show online. You don’t want to regret sharing something in the future. Obviously take everything I say with a grain of salt, I’m pretty sure you know what’s best for you and if you want to share something – feel free to do it! You don’t have to stress or worry before sharing anything online but please do not share information that will allow other people to get into your life if that makes any sense.
In addition, remember that you don’t have to please anyone – let alone strangers on the internet. You don’t have to answer anyone’s intrusive questions especially when it’s none of their business and you have the right to say no. We often don’t want others to feel bad but you have to remember that if someone makes you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, you don’t have to put up with it. Never feel bad for not answering a personal question.
DON’T SHARE PRIVATE INFORMATION
I’m pretty sure this is something you already know but please don’t share your private information online. For example, if you live in a big city, you can disclose the name of your city. Not only is it safe because no one will be able to find your exact location but it will be easier for PRs and brands to connect & work with you. On the other hand, if you live in a small town – I wouldn’t recommend to disclose it. Instead you can share a general location or share the nearest city as your location.
Other than a brand or PR, no one needs to know where you live. Be careful when tagging certain locations on your social media platforms, technically it’s not really difficult to find anyone’s address or phone number based on the information you share online. Don’t give too much details, for example if you live in London – avoid sharing which part of London you reside or where your area is. You never know who is reading or watching so be careful.
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BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
If you blog publicly in the sense you share your face and name online, be careful about your surroundings – particularly the people in your circle. I’m not trying to scare you (lol) but people can easily find your Facebook account that’s the reason why it’s better to create a separate Facebook page for your blog.
If you are close with another blogger or reader, it’s totally normal to follow each other on social media and you can even take it a step further if you are extremely close with each other by sharing your phone numbers or by connecting on your personal social media.
But don’t accept requests (on Facebook) from friends of those bloggers because you don’t really know who they are. Just because they are friends with someone you know which in this case is an online friend (if you haven’t already met in person already), you don’t have to accept their request – especially if you don’t know that person.
I just think it’s a bit weird and creepy when someone follows every single of your move. Why do they want to follow your personal account when your blog has social media platforms available? Something I would recommend is to limit the access of the information you share of your daily life and loved ones.
You can use Instagram Stories to share snippets of your daily life. You don’t have to share every single thing, try to find a balance. It’s important to create a barrier between your life and your followers. Most of them are genuine, kind and loving but unfortunately some of them are malicious. You don’t even need to have thousands of followers to attract bad people!
DOUBLE CHECK YOUR PICTURES
Always double check your pictures before posting them online! For instance, be careful when sharing the view from your window. If someone knows your town/city very well, they can easily locate where you live through your picture. When taking outdoor or outfit pictures, I would recommend to avoid taking pictures in your street or in front of your house. If you really want to post those pictures for whatever reason, I would recommend to blur or edit the background.
Once again, I’m not trying to scare you in any way but I just think it’s an important topic that needs to be more talked about. You have the right to share anything you want but it’s very important to be careful online. Not only is it safe for you but your loved ones too.