A few weeks ago, I linked my blog to my personal Facebook account. Now my posts automatically feed to Facebook, meaning they appear in the News Feeds of friends, family, colleagues and people I haven’t spoken to for years.
As Facebook started sending visitors my way, I began thinking about my Blog Life vs. My Real Life, and what can happen when the two collide. To start, here’s an outfit…
Topshop blouse via charity shop, Topshop blazer via charity shop, Topshop skirt, Primark brogues, Miss Selfridge ring. Thanks to some excellent advice from the fabulous Kel, my hair no longer resembles the shaggy coat of a red setter. Rejoice!
It’s not just the worry of what people will think – in Blog Land, no one knows who you are IRL (In Real Life), and that anonymity can often be a huge benefit. It’s an escape from stress, a break from a boring routine, somewhere you can be fabulous and frivolous, even in your PJs. So how does introducing your Blog Life to your Real Life change all that?
Okay, so it’s really awkward when your URL gets sent to ‘all staff’ at work. You might get the odd sarcastic comment from the girl you sat next to in Year 10 English. And knowing your Grandma’s coffee morning ladies read your blog may make you think twice when writing that post on Agent Provocateur. But the benefits far outweigh the niggles – put your blog on your CV and many employers will be impressed by your dedication. Share it with your friends and they’ll probably marvel over the true extent of your shoe collection. Send the link to your Dad and you might get a text that reads ‘I am proud of u’ in return.
The most marvellous thing about mixing the two worlds, though, is seeing online friends turn into real life friends. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some wonderful, wonderful people through Little Bird, and that’s more than reason enough for me to make space for my Blog Life in my Real Life.
Do you mix Blog Life and Real Life? Do your friends and family know about your personal corner of the internet, or do you keep it private?