This is a concept I struggle with. Facebook, Twitter and now here, on my blog; how personal is too personal?
On Facebook it seems like people project an image; here is my perfect life, my smiling children, my handsome husband and our designer dog (for example). It all seems sugar-coated, hardly anyone shares bad news or feelings about a bad day. I use Facebook differently. I think of it as a tool to stay connected with the people we don’t get to see or talk to every day, a way to keep up with the latest in our friends and families lives, and a place where we can interact with one another. I ask my Facebook friends for their opinions or suggestions, yet I rarely get any, and then I get annoyed and may openly rant a little about the lack of interaction. After such a rant my mother “reminds” me not to share things that are negative, and one time my sister even posted a comment saying, “You are really mad at Facebook today!”
So now I ask you, yes YOU… is Facebook not a forum for interacting with our “friends” and expressing ourselves?
Then there is Twitter. What is the intended use for Twitter? Should you share your real name and/or location? Is it appropriate to promote your business to your “followers,” or not so much? Can you really say whatever you want? Well, in my experience, people use Twitter for everything. Some use their real identity, some don’t; many promote their businesses (myself included), while others use it as distinctly personal; you really can say whatever you want, just be prepared for backlash from other enthusiastic Twitterers. Some people bare their souls, others are all about the latest joke format that’s trending; you will find hateful tweets ripe with racism, and others promoting peace; some people say there are unwritten rules to Twitter, while others find that notion laughable.
So, is it even possible to get too personal on Twitter?
And now, how personal is too personal when you’re blogging? Obviously there are people who have no qualms about getting personal on their blogs, and that is great, I love the honesty. So I guess with this one I am referring to my own blog, whose intended purpose is not only to promote Contortum Designs, but to make a deeper connection with potential/current customers and anyone who has a passion for handmade jewelry. With that in mind, do I post only about my craft? Does my intended target audience want to hear about my life aside from making jewelry? Can I bare my soul and still be professional? How personal is too personal???
I would love to hear from YOU… opinions? comments? suggestions? Please, join the conversation!
p.s. Added a new piece to Currently For Sale! Take a look, let me know what you think!