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3 Oct 2018

Oversharing on your Blog | How much is TMI?

Over the past few weeks, I have been feeling so much more motivated to write on this little blog of mine. This always seems to happen around this time of year when staying in, getting cosy and spending time on your laptop is so much more socially acceptable. 

I even bought myself a pretty new journal to plan all my blog posts in and I've been having so many ideas!

My absolute favourite type of blogs are lifestyle blogs, where people talk about their personal thoughts and life experiences, there's just something so lovely about jumping into someone else's life and feeling like you've found someone you can really relate to. 

My favourite bloggers are the ones who are real, honest and just raw. What you see is what you get with them and they're not afraid to talk about the bad as well as the good. 

That's the kind of blogger I want to be. I want to share my innermost thoughts and I want to talk about personal experiences I've had.

But how can I do that without sharing too much?

There was one experience I've had recently (sorry for being so cryptic! I'll just say it was something sexual) that I really wanted to talk about on here. It was serious and scary at the time but looking back at it now I can laugh. I could totally put a comedic spin on the blog post and I just knew so many people would relate to it.

I felt that people would love that blog post because of its relatability and also because it would make them feel not so bad if the same thing had happened to them. 

But then I got thinking, how would I feel if someone in work read it? or even my Mother? Embarrassed as hell is the answer to that! I would not like them knowing about it at all. 

Plus, I had promised to keep this experience a secret with one other person and I know they would be really mad if I shared it so publicly as it involved them too. 

Do you see my dilemma? 

There are so many times when I think of something I want to share on my blog but then think 'wait would that be a little too personal?'

This blogging malarky is very weird when you think about it. We feel totally comfortable talking about stuff to an audience of people we don't really know when we wouldn't tell the same thing to someone we see every day. 

In a way, that's kinda what I love about blogging, I feel like I can open up and let it all out (which is so therapeutic) but at the same time, I don't want to take a step too far and talk about something that perhaps I shouldn't.

Should I have no fear and just talk about whatever I want, or should I consider my real life and how people in it might feel?

It's a no-brainer really isn't it? I think I should be keeping real life in mind and trying not to overshare. 

Hopefully, I will find a way to be transparent and honest and talk about my thoughts and experiences without being TMI or causing myself huge embarrassment. 

So many other bloggers have mastered that balance of being an open book but also private when needs be so I'm sure I will figure out a way to do the same. 


Do you also find it difficult not to overshare on your blog? How do you determine if something is a little TMI? If you have any advice, help a girl out.

Sinéad x
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