It’s Friend Friday again ladies! I tell you this week flew by! Last week’s topic on Blogger jealousy was a major hit and the discussion was amazing! Make sure you check it out on Modly Chic to get links to all the blogger responses, and see the spotlights on Independent Fashion Bloggers!
This week’s topic is Privacy, a topic that I never really sit and think about. I have my own standards and privacy that I just act on so this is great way for me to see (in writing) how I handle it! I’m also anxious to see what the other bloggers say and so should you, so check them out right here!
Do you think privacy is something we should worry about as bloggers?
I think so because we bloggers are human! Yes we may put our lives a little more on Front Street than other people who don’t blog, but we are people all the same and have a right to maintain our own level of privacy.
Do you use your real name or a pen name? What was behind that decision?
I use a pen name but not because I don’t want people to know my real name (its Margaret by the way!). May sound silly but when I sat down and wrote my first “novel” at like age 10 or 11 I used MJ to represent my first name and middle initial, which is my grandfather’s name with an “a” at the end. Now I use it more out of a daily homage to him than anything else!
How much personal information do you reveal about your life beyond the blog?
I reveal what is common knowledge like being married, living in the hot state of Florida, and other fun/interesting things about me that let you know where I’m coming from and understand my perspective on things.
What will you never reveal?
I will never reveal my husband’s personal information (he’s such a private person), any information that would make it super easy for someone to come find me in real life, and any personal information about my family and friends that they wouldn’t feel comfortable with. I also don’t reveal anything about my day job – house rules!
As bloggers, we have to an extent made ourselves ‘public’ figures. But still there are things that are intimate to each of us that does not need to be known by anyone that stumbles across our blog. How do you determine what is appropriate for public consumption and what is private to you?
My criteria is this: If it’s something I wouldn’t mind telling a stranger I wouldn’t mind posting about it if it’s appropriate to what I’m writing about. However, if it’s something that would only tell my husband or my handful of best friends, then it doesn’t make the blog.