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Online Life vs Offline Life


I've been into sharing information on the internet in some form or another since I was fourteen. Originally through MSN Spaces (mine is now deleted) but grew into Myspace, Bebo, various message boards, DeviantART, Livejournal and Vox before growing into the Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger and Flickr combination I have today. Back then nobody was really into these things; everyone was into getting drunk in the street while nerds like me stayed in and learnt how to make hearts fall from their MySpace profiles (tacky-ness ahoy!).

These days it's different: social media is growing to the point where regular non-geeky people now know about it. When I first got Myspace I felt comfortable in the knowledge that not many people I knew offline had it and it gave me a nudge to be my true self. But then it grew. The same happened with Twitter (I now have people I vaguely know offline following me) and the same has just very recently happened with Tumblr.

What I keep asking myself is: do I feel comfortable with people I know offline reading my tweets, viewing my re-blogs on Tumblr or, most importantly, the words on this blog?

If you check out my Twitter you'll notice that nothing is filled in for the Web Address. Reason being: I don't think I want people I know offline to read this. I have no prolem with people who are close to me and know most of these thoughts anyway, but those who I vaguely know? Do I feel comfortable with them knowing my progress with getting over my ex? My experiments with vegetarianisms? My New Years Resolutions? My personal development projects? Maybe not.

I know I don't reveal anything too personal here, but it's still very reflective and sometimes I let my fingers take over my mind while I type. My boundaries are not that high in terms of revealing stuff on in the internet. But I'm aware others are higher. I take photos of myself, reveal my full name and speak about personal thoughts. Others have a private Facebook account and leave it at that. I've mentioned nobody by name here, and when I make reference to past relationships I only reveal them as "most recent ex" and "first boyfriend" - and very few people know that I was seeing someone in January and those who do don't know him personally. But what if they read it personally? I find it unlikely since they are all the types to have only a Facebook (maybe a Bebo floating around) and don't even register on YouTube. And both of my ex's have new girlfriends so for them to sit and Google my name suggests that maybe they should re-evaluate whether they should have new girlfriends yet. But still.

I'm a grown girl who is still part of Generation X. I know that the online world is a big part of modern life and to not have a Facebook hinders you. I also know how to look after myself. I also realise I should not be as naive to think no one will find this blog no matter how well I try and hide it. And that I should never post anything too personal that I am deeply uncomfortable with random people I know being aware of.

The problem that faces me with this is to do with advertising. Should I have a Twitter specifically for my blog and online self? I advertised my blog on Tumblr to my followers there but then people I knew offline started to swarm to Tumblr only about a fortnight later. The debate goes on in my head regularly and is one of the major decisions I will have to make when it comes to my strategy for building this blog (check the business lingo!). 

Not saying I don't want people I know offline to never know of this blog's existence, just while it's still being built up I think I'd prefer to keep it hidden away. Once it's a big thing and maybe develops into a magazine platform then may a time to reveal it.

Morag x
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