One of the hardest parts of creating content online can be opening up about yourself. It’s always a little nerve-wracking to put yourself and part of your life online, where thousands to millions of people can potentially see it. For some people, it comes more naturally and for other’s, it is a bit harder. It does get easier the more you do it, but I thought I’d share some tips and things to keep in mind when putting yourself online!
There are millions of people who use social media and read blogs every day. This means that you will never be everyone’s cup of tea, and that is perfectly okay! Create and share what you want and what makes you happy, and there will be people who like it and some who don’t. There is only one you, so make that your superpower.
Just like not being everyone’s cup of tea, it can be easy to feel like you have to change or create different content because everyone else is. Staying true to yourself is the most important thing and it will be the best choice in the long run. You don’t have to pretend to like something because everyone else does, so always remember to be honest! People will notice and appreciate your authenticity.
It’s important to set boundaries and know what you are comfortable with sharing, and what you are not. There is no rule that says you have to share something, so if you’re not comfortable with sharing it- don’t! You don’t have to put your whole life online unless you want to. Make a list in your head of what you do want to share and what you don’t, and whenever you are debating on sharing something think back to that list.
Although a lot of the internet can be a wonderful, inspiring place, especially when it comes to blogging, it is still the internet. There is always that risk factor of someone finding out your personal information that you don’t want being shared. Some things to consider is, of course, not sharing exactly where you live. You can share the state and town if you’re comfortable with that, but don’t share your exact location. It’s also a good idea to post about being somewhere after you have left.
And those are a few things to keep in mind when putting yourself online! It’s all about sharing what you’re comfortable with sharing, having fun and creating content that makes you happy.
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!