Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On blogging privacy

It's been pretty wet and rainy over here, and despite my best efforts, I have no outfit photos for you today. Instead, I thought I'd mix things up a bit by creating an open thread and discussing a topic I've been thinking about for awhile: blogging privacy.

In the last year and a half of blogging, I've managed to keep my blog pretty private in my real life -- some of my closest friends know, and that's about it. I don't really publicize it on Facebook, for reasons of not wanting to be too over-exposed on everyone's news feeds. I blame growing up with social media in college, where almost all party pictures, job changes and relationship statuses are publicized right away, and my desire is to remain brief and mostly impersonal on the site. Now, this isn't a criticism of those who do use social networking for their businesses and websites, because it is a fantastic marketing tool (I do use twitter in a separate account just for Sidewalk Chic). I just choose to be very controlled in my blog exposure, especially with people I know. I suppose my views will change if I switch jobs or school opportunities open up, but for right now, I don't mind keeping my blogging pursuits low-key.

With that said, I'm interested in your thoughts:

How important is blogging privacy to you, and does it affect the way you blog? Do you keep your blog private or open to people in your real life, and why? Does your work/school/living situation affect whether your blog is private, and why? What would change your stance on whether to keep your blog private/open?

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