Blogging – A fine line between working & oversharing

So, I don’t really use Facebook that much. I use it for my business page and that’s about it. I used to (and still do) get fed up when people put every little thing on Facebook. How much their child has eaten today – how they went to the shops and their child was good/bad – how they don’t like the weather. Useless and pointless information that clogs up my newsfeed. But then I got thinking – am I not just doing the exact same over on Instagram and my blog? Am I annoying people by posting my life on the internet? It then got me thinking further and I realised I actually just don’t care. Dear Little Daisy has expanded into a business. In the creative industry that I’m in, you NEED to be seen. People won’t find your work if they can’t see you even exist.

It’s tough though as I’m quite a shy and reserved person. Putting my life on the internet is a little scary and still nowadays (4 years on) I find it a little out of my comfort zone. Before hitting publish on a blog post I think “Oh god, I hope no one I know reads this post” yet in the same sense I hope that it reaches people. Strange, I know. One thing I try not to do (and succeed in not doing so) is to share my WHOLE life online. I don’t think anyone cares about the Wednesday evening food shops or the millions of coffee stops we fit in the space of a week. Instagram is my weakness. I LOVE Instagram. Stories are incredibly fun. I tend to use my main feed to share pretty photos taken on my camera. Stories is a nice way to show snippets of what I’m up to – keeping it raw and simple.

It’s hard to find the line – it’s a pretty thin one. I don’t want to overshare – I don’t want my whole life bombarded all over the internet. Yet at the same time, because this is my job now – if I want to make money then I need to be present. I always worry that people just don’t get it. (The whole blogging thing) and I can’t blame them really. It’s becoming more ‘normal’ but it still sometimes feels a little alien. Why share every detail online? Why show everyone what you’re up to all the time?

I’m a really passionate and enthusiastic person behind my quiet and introverted persona. I love to travel, I want people to realise just HOW much fun traveling with children is. I LOVE photography – I want to share my photos with other people and I want to take photos FOR other people.. brands.. companies.. individuals. I LOVE writing and I write mostly for myself and for Daisy. Everyone has a different reason for blogging. Mine? It took me a while to figure out exactly why I blog – but I’ve recently discovered that it’s because I LOVE having the creative space to write and create. It’s because I wanted to turn this hobby into a job. It’s because with hard work and determination I have done just that. So, the more I think about it – the more I just don’t care. I don’t share everything, but I share a lot. Because it’s my job, but mostly because I love it, so why the hell not?!

*Pictures of flowers completely unrelated – haha*

8 Comments

  • http://www.motherhoodtherealdeal.com says:

    Such a hard one you’re absolutely right it’s a fine line. I tend to overshare when it comes to myself as a parent and my own thoughts and struggles but really try to keep a lid on it when it comes to anything personal regarding my child trying to take a more general view of instead but it is tough! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this xoxo

  • jeremy - thirstydaddy says:

    Follow your instincts. There are times when I think that I may be sharing things that the kids might not want to be out there and I start editing. People come to our blogs for a reason, if they didn’t want to hear all about what we are up to, they wouldn’t keep coming back. #brilliantblogposts

  • Angela Watling (Life, Motherhood and Everything) says:

    It is incredibly tricky to find that balance. It must be even harder when it’s your career and source of income. As long as you are happy with what you share then that’s the important thing. I agree that there is something about the Facebook feed which makes people’s sharing more annoying than any other social media platform! #CoolMumClub

  • Jaki says:

    I have written several posts, including one just yesterday that I am desperate to hit publish on but am also a little-worried someone I know will read it. But having said that I know I shouldn’t care, it is what it is. You’ve inspired me to hit the button! Thank you! #CoolMumlub

  • http://lifeasourlittlefamily.com/ says:

    I completely agree with your words, it is a fine line. I question what I share all of the time, wondering whether I have gone too far or should I have documented it and kept it in a draft. But then I agree with one of the comments and your note it is your space to do with it as you wish, it is a career you are carving out and with that comes with a pressure to be present and current. And your photos of flowers are beautiful. Gorgeous colour capture x

  • Helena says:

    I think it is fantastic that you are living your dream. #coolmumclub

  • Imperfect Mum http://diaryofanimperfectmum.com says:

    I’m a very strong believer that it’s your space to do exactly what you want with it! It is hard to get the balance right between sharing enough and too much. You Can only do what feels right to
    You. My mum doesn’t get why he blog and others don’t too but I’m Ok with that. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  • Louise | Squished Blueberries says:

    Haha I’m a total oversharing blogger! Not so much in the every single thing I do kind of way but I think I open up my inner thoughts to the general public and lay myself out too open. That’s the main reason I write though, to work through, to through harder things. With things like Instagram stories, I personally think there’s a line between sharing a little bit of each day and just getting on there every 5 minutes for the sake of it. But then if people don’t want to watch they don’t have to do they? As long as you’re comfortable with what you share then that’s all that matters xx

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