This weekend I was having a conversation with a friend. I was complaining about people questioning me about a photo I put on Instagram of an April Fools prank I played. I felt like the main people questioning me had no right to ask me anything as they weren’t really in my circle. My friend then began to explain to me that I opened the door when I posted the photo. I opened the door to each and every one of my followers. Whether I knew them or not, I basically gave them permission to say what they wanted to say and ask what they wanted to ask. At first I didn’t agree, I felt like I said what I wanted to say about the picture and there was nothing else that needed to be said and or asked. But the more he spoke about my opening the door to their comments and questions, the more it sank in.
It’s hard because consider myself to be very private. You’re not going to be able to look at my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts and find out too much that isn’t already public information. I don’t post every time I go out of town or every meal I eat. I’m not one of those girls that post every date I go on or every outfit I wear. (If I’m posting an outfit it’s more than likely because I was asked to by the business that I got it from.) I try to really live in the moment and not make every adventure or every vacation a social media event. With that being said…my intention with my social media is give those that follow me a peek into my world. The operative word being “peek”. I thought that just because I wasn’t one of those people who went on these sites telling all my business, or sharing every move I made I was good. However, after this conversation I realized that I can’t crack the door and expect people not to at least try to open it. So as much as I love Instagram and Twitter I’m more than likely going to post even less. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sharing glimpses of this life of mine, but I now realize I can’t control how people respond or the amount of access people expect. I’m not one for answering questions about things that I don’t feel like should matter to the person asking the question. So why give them questions to ask? After all, there’s no such thing as a private social network!!!
I will however continue to be as open as possible on this blog…I think 🙂