Thursday Talks is a series on Book Dragons where each Thursday I chat about something that isn’t just related to blogging and books. The topics will vary from having a connection to books and blogging to have no connection at all. I hope you enjoy and make sure to leave a comment with your own thoughts.
So this is something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while now. Mainly because I feel like I’m one of the few, who don’t actually separate their blog person with their real person. What I mean by this, is that a lot of us bloggers use a pen name or part of our real name or…we go by a totally different name online for our blog. Furthermore we also separate our social media profiles by having multiple accounts one set specifically for our blog, the other for personal.
If you’re new here, you may not know this but my instagram and twitter profile are my personal and blog accounts. I don’t separate them. (although the instagram account which is now linked, is my bookstagram account) Today I thought I’d talk about why I personally don’t, why other might have to or choose to, as well as why it’s something I don’t plan on doing unless absolutely needed.
Now there’s nothing wrong with merging your personal life and blog life, equally there’s nothing wrong with separating them. It’s your choice and your life at the end of the day. As someone who likes having everything in one place, I can’t deal with multiple accounts. I have a second account on instagram, which I rarely use because erm…I don’t have the courage to make a mess of my books and find stuff to take artsy picture. I’m lazy and hate tidying up afterwards. (edit: I’m slowly trying to get there with being artsy haha, could take a while though) Also short attention span here, unless it’s reading or writing…or drawing.
Before I get into why I don’t do a whole lot of separation with my personal life and blog life, let’s discuss why a lot of you peeps do separate them a bit.
It’s not a secret you lose out by not having an online presence. I grew up without one for the most part, I got Facebook at 13, Wattpad in May of 2015. 2015 was really the year when I had social media, not that I had a clue what I was doing. Instagram I got in 2016 though, I know from my own life that people spend more time online then they do in reality.
They have to be checking their social media accounts, seeing whose commented on their post, liked a tweet. And that’s all good if you’re using it for your own life. And it’s not also an account used, to showcase you as a person for something else in our case as a blogger. In my case mine all showcase me as a bookblogger, reader, writer, fangirl and general sarcastic weirdo. It’s what you get with me and if someone isn’t a fan of who I am, that’s totally ok.
The problem you get is when you have a job, other commitments like a family, kids to raise. You have to make that choice then I guess, if you want to create a totally separate account say on twitter, just for your blog. You also have to decide in your own mind, how much of yourself you’re willing to share online. Once you’ve shared it, you can’t take it back, likewise with photos. Sure delete them, they’re not gone forever. They’re still out there, that’s why it’s really important to be careful about what information you release online. As well as how you go about separating your online life from your personal life.
Being a blogger doesn’t mean you have to share everything with your readers, in fact you don’t have to share anything about yourself with the readers. But by keeping everything to yourself – it will make it undoubtedly hard for your readers to connect with you. Names are a great example as a lot of us do a bit of reinventing with our blogselves, new name = new side of me.
I like knowing a name to put to a blog, equally many of us like knowing there’s a face to a blog. You don’t even have to show your whole face, you can cover it with a book! (books are just super useful!)
We may choose to separate ourselves due to not wanting friends, family knowing about our online hobby, ahem blogging. I get it, not everyone gets our love for books nor could they understand, why we spend hours writing posts and formatting them. Another reason is depending on your job, you are representing the place you work for/at on your socials. It’s why some of us may only use our first name and not use our surname or just make up a surname.
The point is there are many reasons why you may decide to separate yourself from your blog life and that’s totally ok. I get you, here’s why I don’t though.
I’m really bad at juggling multiple accounts, it’s bad enough with all the social medias out there that I attempt to keep up with. The main reason though that if you follow me on twitter you’ll probably see a variety of tweets about books, writing, college, a boyband (RoadTrip) is because it all is part of who I am. I am more than just the books I read, although they make up a huge part of my life; I have a life and I’m in a position to be able to share that life with you, within reason. Some parts of my life I choose not to share, because no one needs to know everything about a person.
Another reason I don’t separate my social accounts to have dedicated accounts for my blog is well…I would literally forget they existed. I started my blog already having a decent following on twitter. I also don’t care who in my real life knows about my blog, it’s my blog, and if you want to read it fine thanks for the views my friend. My blog is a part of what makes me, just like with reading, writing. But it’s not my only interest, I have college and I have other thoughts and feelings I sometimes share on twitter.
The main downside to this…is I have to remember not to go too crazy with tons of tweets about things unrelated to books. There’s this happy medium I have to get right, to balance out my content on twitter particularly for you all. My instagram is my personal instagram (it was my personal instagram, I changed it to my bookstagram but my personal account on insta is @eloisethewriter) which I chose to share with you guys because I’m not talented enough for bookstagram xD but I hope you enjoy random selfies and updates on my life instead.
One of the plus sides for me, is that I have one account on twitter, one for instgram etc that acts as my account for both my personal life and blog life. Everything’s in one place, which really suits me down to a T. I also, thanks to this series, have been chatting about some topics which I’m passionate about. The topics may not always be shown within books, but they’re relevant and I am a person who likes to chat about deep topics. As this is my blog it’s also a great platform for me to chat about more than just books.
Yes, I’m proud to be a bookblogger, bookworm, reader, writer but I am interested and have opinions on other things that aren’t related to those things. And I hope that around my blog, you can find something interesting to read 🙂 if not I’m doing something wrong *chuckles*
Do you separate your personal life from your blog life? If so how much, do you wish you didn’t or are you glad you did? If you’re like me, do
you wish you had separated your blog life from your personal. As if you don’t start by doing it, it’s pretty hard to introduce that separation further
down the line.