As a blogger it is pretty normal to share a lot of information about your life online. From photos to lengthy about me pages, to names, emails, ages and sometimes even phone numbers it is easy to forget about where we are sharing this information.
I feel that there is a presumption that a blogger needs to engage with their readers on a certain level and be really personable with them. I know I have done this at times and often find that these are some of my most read posts.
Today most people are using Facebook and other social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram. However most people don’t realise how their personal information can be used. They think just by setting up their privacy settings to friends only that they are protecting their privacy. This is not the case and anything you post online can come back to haunt you (think employability for example). If people really want to find information about you- they will.
I find with my blog that I do not share too much. But what is too much? This is of course different for every person based on your own morals and ideas.
I am happy to post photos and talk about my pets, my life, and my job. I never mention people specifically by name nor do I advertise where I work (just the industry for example is ok with me).
I have seen some bloggers even draw the line at mentioning their partners or children’s names and will just mention them as initials or as a nickname. I think this is good as although they may be an important part of your life, they may not wish to be a part of your blog.
Some bloggers don’t even use their surnames at all. I use mine but will note here that it is not my legal surname and more of a “pen name”.
So how do you fare with protecting yourself online? Any tips or advice? Leave a comment!