This Week I Have Been Mostly….

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It’s been both a busy and quiet few weeks. As you can see from my blog posts, I’ve been busy writing content, and I have been working alongside a few brands to bring more to you over the next few months.

I’m trying hard to save money at the moment, so I haven’t really been out and about. I did, however, make a little splurge, and pick up an Amazon Echo during their Prime Day, for around half off.

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We use one at work, so I knew I wanted one for my home, and we’ve been using it every day since we received it (it arrived on Same-Day delivery – I love Amazon sometimes!)

We’ve also watched a few movies and TV shows. We’ve just started watching Breaking Bad – only a few episodes in but I’m enjoying it so far. We re-watched The Night Of, which is a fantastic HBO series. There aren’t too many episodes, but they’re riveting.

I also watched a film called Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. It was good whilst we were watching it, but it ended a little abruptly and I couldn’t get on board with the female character. And we finally watched Drive, which again features Ryan Gosling. I can’t get over how much I loved this film. The direction, the music, the acting. So so good. I really must buy it so I can watch it over and over. It was reminiscent of so many things for me – comic book shot framing, Grand Theft Auto, Scarface. I swear I didn’t breathe through the whole of one scene and my hard was thumping in my chest. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of any of those influences.

I’ve also been working on a few creative projects, which may or may not come to fruition. We’ll see, but if they do, I’ll be sure to let you know on here!

I’m also edging ever closer to 1k followers on twitter, and once I do, I’ve planned to hold a giveaway so if that interests you, don’t forget to go and follow me. I’m found at @Shutterbug_Blog.

And I think that’s it for now. Hoping to have a proper life update and news for you soon, so keep ’em peeled!

2016: My Year in Blogging

I think this year has to have been one of my most consistent blogging years, the last one being during my year of half marathon training.

And I know exactly what changed it; the blogging community on social media and actually being actively social.

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Blogging has changed a huge amount since I started. I’ve been writing a blog for around 15 years and this particular blog for 7 and a half now. I’m so proud that Musings of a So-Called Shutterbug is the way that it is and that people seem to like it!

I started the year with around 300 email subscribers and ended it with over 600. After having started dabbling with makeup I started to see my reader stats increasing and people seemed to be interested in that kind of content. I’m not going to lie, as much as my blog posts are written for me, no one will deny the draw to being popular. Especially in such a competitive environment. And it’s SO competitive.

When I started blogging it wasn’t popular. It was something emo kids and poets did. For the record, and though there’s nothing wrong with being either of those things, I’m neither. I was just putting thoughts to ‘paper’ and then releasing them into the great ocean of the internet. I think that’s why I get on with twitter so much. You have a thought, you release it, and then it’s gone (for the most part!).

When I began putting in that extra 10% effort this year, I could see it made all the difference. But I also saw that the world of blogging, this expansive Blogosphere, was totally different from how it was when I started. EVERYONE has a blog. The content is rarely original, but when it is, it’s so good. And people can really make money from blogging. People are jacking in their 9-5 jobs to work for themselves and become influencers full-time.

And not only that, the popularity contest is so fierce that people actually pay for followers. Things I didn’t know even existed were brought to the forefront – people spend hours scheduling tweets to go out on a weekly basis. They will plan posts months ahead, spending hours perfecting their Media Kit and profile pages to be PR friendly. I have, for the time being, decided that a media kit and PR related type stuff is not for me. The other day someone had to explain to me what an Insta Pod was – I’m still not 100% sure…

A few years ago I dabbled, and worked with companies reviewing their stuff. I worked with Vita Coco, Chobani and a few tea companies. I had chocolate and yogurt coming out of my ears and finding the time to review everything was hard. I found my content was becoming watered down this ad content and I decided to let it go.

I also found it’s so hard to get noticed in the seas of ‘young’ ‘hip’ bloggers who understand social media and branding way more than I can at my mid 30’s. It’s frustrating to think that the 40th review someone has read about the latest Zoella perfume can get so much more engagement than a post I write about travel or a favourite charity….. But still.

So since I considered myself pretty good at twitter I set up a second twitter account dedicated to Musings and let it loose on the world. I got a few followers but they were mainly people who I already knew. And nothing seemed to happen….. Then I realised that I was being totally dumb and in order for people to engage with me I needed to engage with them. It’s been to the detriment of my personal twitter account, I must admit, but even so, I have really enjoyed it.

Things really started to fly when I discovered The Bloggers Hub (or I think they might have found me!), a network of like-minded bloggers who chat, help each other and are really fun. The guys who run the network are great, welcoming, and really help to boost your exposure all at the same time. They seem like the kind of people I’d really get on with IRL and there’s zero bitchiness from anyone, which is the one thing that had put me off being involved in any other twitter blogger network. Their twitter chat was also the first one I ever participated in (and since I’ve never felt the urge to join in with any others, if I’m honest). Through them I’ve found some amazing, friendly and really down to earth bloggers. I’ve also had my eyes opened to some of the pitfalls of blogging, some of the drama and plenty of the scams.

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Through twitter I got the balls to start my YouTube channel too, which is still very much in its infant stage. But it’s great to know there’s an outlet I can push my videos through, when I really want people to know what I’ve been creating.

Something I’ve always had an issue getting over, so not just this year, is the fear of putting what I really think onto the screen. And by that I mean, I sometimes have the strong urge to write a response to something that might be going on in the press or something in my life, but I’m afraid of the responses I might get. Sometimes it’s a social or political issue that I don’t feel like I know everything about but I still have a strong opinion on. I might know enough to write a post about it, but someone who knows more about it than me might comment and I won’t be able to stand my ground. This is something I hope, in time, I’ll get over. But the more exposure my blog gets, the higher the chance that someone might respond negatively to what I’ve written. I mean let’s face it, beauty bloggers get flack for using too much product in their swatches so what hope do I have if I start to comment on politics?

I also had the chance, towards the end of the year, to attend a couple of Blogger events. One was too far from home, but one was right where I live, and I chickened out. Apart from it being too much money for what you got, I didn’t feel ready to take that scary leap and be social with people I’d never met. The fear was too great. But maybe this year I’ll take the leap. There’s one blogger I’ve been friendly with for the past year, who I would consider a friend even though we’ve never met. Maybe meeting her this year will be the first step to conquering this fear. I think I need my hand held!

So what does 2017 and blogging hold for me? This year I upgraded my Peanuts Moleskine notebook, where I usually write in long hand, a full blog, if I have the idea in my head and I need to get it out. I bought a Dot Creates Blogger Planner. Inside it’s got loads of space for planning upcoming blogs. Up until now I’d either use my Peanuts Moleskine or more often just open a new page on my iPhone Notes app. This can be a little clumsy and when it comes to things like this, I appreciate putting pencil to paper more. This blog planner will also be great for planning YouTube video ideas and it makes my brain feel a little more organised!

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So planning will be important in 2017, though I don’t feel like I’ll ever be the kind of person who can sit, plan and write out posts months in advance. I’m far too much of a spur of the moment, type out whatever’s in my brain right now, kind of blogger.

I know I’ll continue with twitter because it’s been so much fun, socialising with everyone and learning too. I considered dabbling with scheduling tweets, but I enjoy actually engaging in real-time too much. Even scheduling blog posts too far ahead of time makes me feel distant from my content, so for the time being I won’t be scheduling tweets.

I’m going to work on my brand, but I want to keep it real. I don’t want to find myself moving back to where I was when I was doing PR and collaborations. That’s not me – if I talk about a product it’s because I love it and I’m just doing the same as if I told my friends about something amazing that I’d tried. And I want my readers to know that too. If I’m telling you about it, it’s because it’s worth talking about!

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I can honestly say that 2016 was my most enjoyable year in blogging, and I hope 2017 follows suit. I now know that putting that little bit of extra effort in, finding your tribe and being social makes a whole heap of difference. There’s a reason it’s called social media but for someone who isn’t incredibly outgoing or social I was just a little slow on the uptake.

But it’s okay now, because I got there eventually. And I love it!

Awesome Things That Happened to Me in 2016!

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2016 has been an amazing year. It started out with a trip to New York, and deciding to complete another 365 challenge, this time on Instagram.

I’ve really enjoyed posting a photo a day, and only had to miss two days when I got sick in October, which I’ve made up for.

January kicked off with me getting into makeup and starting to blog more. My blog has been through many phases alongside the phases I go through in my life, and I must say that beauty blogging has opened many more doors than any other subject I’ve written about. I’ve met so many people and a fantastic community of like-minded individuals.

February continued in this fashion with the start of my beauty favourites blogs, and I also saw the amazing film It Follows for the first time.

March began with seeing my Book Club girls, well half of them, for the first time in ages, and discovering Pretty Little Liars. I took a trip to London for my niece’s birthday

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and I spent a week off work turning my spare bedroom into a wonderful walk in wardrobe!

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In April, my Mum wrote a guest blog which people really loved, and I started my dedicated blog twitter account. I also discovered some fabulous podcasts and House of Cards became my new favourite tv show.

May teased us with 18c weather followed by horrid winter again. I visited London a few times, went for my only run of the year

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and Ariana Grande released Dangerous Woman! I also became obsessed with all things coconut scented.

June was a big month – Sarah’s London Hen Party was amazing, followed by her wedding in Cornwall.

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We spent a whole week in Cornwall and had an amazing time.

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I saw some great films, 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Gallows and this blog turned 7!

In July we said goodbye to Tash the only way we knew – over food! We had fabulous brunch in Dalston followed by cocktails at the John Lewis rooftop bar.

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I went to EDC, which was wildly out of my comfort zone but really fun

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attended a family wedding, Secret Cinema Dirty Dancing

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and watched Stranger Things.

August was filled with movies, including Finding Dory and Suicide Squad for my birthday. I bought my new Sony a5000 and we went to see Romeo and Juliet at Waddesdon Manor as part of the Luna Cinema festival.

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We also saw the Hot 8 Brass Band at a local venue and danced the night away.

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In September, though I didn’t blog a huge amount, I announced my brand new YouTube Channel! I also got very excited for Florida, celebrated by 10 year wedding anniversary and spent the weekend at The Savoy in London!

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October was the month of Disney World. We took the trip of a lifetime and had a blast.

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On my return I got the sickest I’ve ever been, and thankfully recovered within a week. We went to see the Harry Potter play

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went to a Bad Company gig and celebrated my mum and dad’s ruby wedding anniversary.

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November was the return of the Gilmore Girls and I also attended Jurassic Park Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

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From the end of November to present it’s been all about Christmas and New Year. I visited the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, and vlogged.

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It’s been an amazing year and I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds. There’s a lot of change in the air, and I’m really excited about it all. Who knows what I’ll be writing in a year’s time? Here’s to another great one 😀

We’re Disney-bound!

So, if you hadn’t realised…. I’m off on holiday for two and a bit weeks. So if it’s a little quiet over here, it’s because:

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Whoop! And I wanted to let you know where you can keep up with my holiday online, whilst I won’t be blogging or uploading to YouTube until we’re back.

You can find me on instagram at @groggits , where I’ll be uploading a minimum of my 365 project photo a day, but more likely much more than that.

Snapchat as @groggits :  I use this occasionally but more likely that not I’ll be using Instagram stories instead. But feel free to add me on there anyhow!

Periscope as @groggits (are you seeing a theme here?) – Depending on how good the wifi is in the parks I hope to broadcast live, so make sure you follow me and request notifications for when I go live!

You can find me on Twitter in two places: @groggits is my personal twitter and @Shutterbug_Blog for blog and blogging related tweets. Instagram photos get pushed to my personal twitter, so you’ll be able to see when photos go up from there.

Please feel free to add me on any, some or all of these accounts and keep track of us whilst we take what will no doubt be the best holiday of our lives so far! I’d love to have you along for the trip 🙂

See you when we get back!

 

This Week I Have Been Mostly…

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You might have noticed no blogs last week. I decided it’s nice sometimes not to blog J So I took a little break. You could still find me on both my twitter accounts (@groggits and @Shutterbug_Blog) but I decided that as I was feeling tired, run down and had a relentless headache turned migraine, I would give myself a break.

Apart from feeling totally exhausted and run down this week, I’ve done a little cooking with some fresh ingredients. Last weekend I made a lentil salad for my work lunches, which involved roasting cherry tomatoes, red onions and a whole garlic. I’d never roasted garlic before but was pleased with the results. It all looked pretty and tasted good, but I’m not sure it was worth the effort in the end.

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Towards the end of the week I made myself a nice scramble using leftovers.

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We’ve been beginning to pick up bits and pieces for our Florida holiday in September, and I purchased this Yankees cap to wear whilst we walk the parks. I’m not great in the heat and relentless sun, being a true brit we’re rarely subjected to it. This cap is perfect and light in colour so hopefully will keep me cool. I’ll just have to deal with hat hair for a while!

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We’ve been visited a couple of times recently, by a fox, who likes to hang out in our garden. Totally relaxed and dozing, he likes to sun himself on our lawn. The birds don’t seem threatened by him at all, and as a result neither are we. He can share our garden with us!

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And this weekend, I have been mostly listening to the new Ariana Grande album Dangerous Woman. It’s really great and I might go as far as to say it’s her best yet. My favourites at the moment are…. actually I can’t choose one. They’re pretty much all good! Though I was surprised Focus on Me didn’t appear, and can only be found on the Japanese version of the album, which I obviously don’t have….

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What have you been up to? Have you heard Ariana’s new album? What did you think?

Keeping It Social

It’s the weekend again! And despite the horrid weather yesterday (yes, it snowed….) I’ve managed to go on a lovely sunny and fresh walk this morning.

I’ve had a very productive weekend actually, and this morning have already done all my food prep for the week and a little exercise! Go me 🙂

I’d like to say hello to all the many many people who decided to hit ‘like’ and/or ‘follow’ as a result of the recent guest post, written by my Mum, last weekend. It seemed to really interest you guys, as much as it interested me, and I was really pleased to see your reactions.

I wanted to check in and let you all know that I’ve recently set up a dedicated twitter account for this blog. On here I’ll be sharing blog posts from people I regularly read and re-tweeting excellent videos from my favourite YouTubers. It’ll also keep you up to date on new blog posts and information from Shutterbug, as well as any goings on.

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If you want to (and I’d obviously love you to…!) please head on over to @Shutterbug_Blog and hit ‘follow’. I might even follow you back 😉

As always you can email subscribe to Shutterbug by using the relevant section in the bar to the right —–>

Other ways to keep up to date:

  • You can also find my Bloglovin’ button there. (I love to use Bloglovin’ as a central reader for all the blogs I follow. It’s so much easier having everything in one place)
  • You can ‘follow’ via WordPress reader
  • And you can get notifications right into your Facebook feed if you want to, by clicking ‘Like’ on the Musings of a So-Called Shutterbug Facebook page.

I’d also love to know if you guys have blogs of your own? Please let me know in the comments, and I’ll be sure to check it out if you do. I’m always looking for new blogs to follow 🙂

 

 

New App Obsession: Periscope

I’m not usually late to the party with apps. I’d suggested I’m even an early adopter. I was quick to the Facebook, Twitter and Bloglovin’ parties –  I just sometimes don’t understand them. Take Snapchat for example. I used to kind of get it, even if I didn’t really use it. Then they did a major update and now I’m lost again – it sits on my phone, untouched. It was even on my front page until recently when the app icon was replaced…. by Periscope.

Periscope has been brought to us my the makers of Twitter. It’s a good-looking, fairly bugless and truly addictive app. Essentially it turns the phone of the user into a live, one way, webcam. A flick through the world map shows pins in any location where someone is ‘broadcasting’ and allows anyone who has the app to watch, and interact via message and ‘hearts’ (you can tap the screen to show the broadcaster some love). You can of course also broadcast yourself. So far the highlights (amongst many many); I’ve been walking through Hollywood, watched the sunrise in Honolulu, ridden an amazing rollercoaster and watched people dance at Ocean Beach in Ibiza. I’ve chatted to people in Texas and San Francisco and made friends that I now follow on Twitter.

This app is amazing. It gives you access to things you might never see, and reminds you how big the world is whilst at the same time making it feel so much smaller and accessible. You can choose to follow the users you like, and when they broadcast you have the option to receive notifications telling you they’re Live. It also sends a tweet to your Twitter feed to let your followers there know when you’re filming.

I’ve made a few Periscopes myself, a couple whilst on holiday recently and a couple going around Borough Market in London, and it’s really fun. People asking you questions in real-time and knowing that you’re sharing a little bit of your life to people all over the world.

Obviously there’s scope for abuse on this platform. You don’t know whether you might log onto something X Rated by mistake, or gain pervy followers, and I can’t tell you how this is being policed. You never know if someone might decide to use the platform to glamourise a crime or for political means. But at the moment it’s great and I’ve never come across anything like that. There’s not too many users at any one time, and I’ll continue to use it to watch things like the Paris Disneyland fireworks, pool parties in Las Vegas and chat to people who live in cultural backgrounds that I know nothing about. It’s also doing wonders for my geography knowledge 😀

At the moment you can download it on iPhone and Android – and I know you can watch on web somehow because when I was broadcasting I had a few web viewers, but I have no clue how you do that! But if you’re nosy, and interested in other people, you want to find out about the lives of others and what’s out there in this big wonderful world, then Periscope might just be for you!

If you use Periscope or you think you might in the future, please feel free to add me @groggits – you never know when I might broadcast!

Happy 100th Post to Me!

This is my 100th post on my WordPress blog! That’s really quite something,  so yay for me!

And I thought that a blog about social networks might be fitting for this occasion. As some of you might know I’m an avid social networker. I remember when you needed an invite to join Facebook, I’ve been on Twitter for 6 years this month and anyone remember Google+?…. tee hee

I started my internet life on Virgin Net Global chat, where our usernames were called handles and profile photos were called avatars. When it was still only geeks who went online and any trendy person wouldn’t have a clue how to connect their computer to a modem. AOL was the biggest ISP in the world (which usually meant that it was overloaded and always chucking you off). I had an Acmecity website and later a MySpace (which they won’t let me delete!)

Only about 3 years ago I remember justifying to colleagues how it wasn’t creepy or dangerous to have a Facebook account. As long as you manage your stuff online well, you’re in no danger. There are a lot of crayzees about.

But if it wasn’t for the internet I wouldn’t have met so many wonderful people, some of whom I can call real friends and some I’ve actually met since in real life. Some of them (you!) I have known longer than my husband. It’s a blessing.

Social Networking does have its downs – bandwagon jumping, vicious rumours, insults to ‘faceless’ celebs. But generally it’s a wonderful way of connecting. I use instagram to show people fun stuff and a lot of the time what I ate (yes, I’m that person!) I use Pinterest to window shop and have a laugh. I’ve started using TimeHop, which isn’t really social but it links all my networks (FB, twitter, instagram, Flickr and my iPhone photo album) and brings me my news from previous years this week. It’s my own private news feed! And I of course blog.

My blog is my own little space where I can write thoughts and what’s been going on. I’ve got a few followers (Hi!) but it’s not all about that (though I wouldn’t mind a few more on Bloglovin’…. he he!) Mostly it’s like a diary. I have recently opened a FB page but haven’t advertised it amongst my personal FB because I don’t want all of my feed to see it, but I’ve sent invites to those who I think would like it. Of course I love getting follows and comments from you guys, but I also love reading back through what I’ve written over the years. This year I turn 30, which it exciting and a big deal. We’re hoping to buy a house by the end of the year too. I love the fact that I can share all this with the ‘out there’ and also have it all to keep as written memories to look back over in the future.

I also love love love to read other people’s blogs. Movies of Myself is written by Beckie. I ‘met’ Beckie years back via Flickr. I loved her food photos and her wicked style. She’s a really fun person and she’s recently got married. I can’t wait to see her post some of her wedding snaps. I found Orangette, written by Molly Wizenberg, after reading her amazing book A Homemade Life. Her writing style is beautiful and her recipes are stunning. She has just had a baby and her blog is dotted with gorgeous, but not soppy, family photos. Her new book is at the editing stage. I can’t wait to read it. Another blog I found via a book was The Bloggess. Jenny Lawson’s book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened was laugh out loud funny and her blog is nothing less. Those are my all time favourite blogs. I dip in and out of others, and Bloglovin’ makes it so easy to follow and unfollow blogs at a tap of the screen.

If you want to follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Flickr I’m Groggits. And if you have a blog you want me to check out, then please comment and leave a link 🙂 Happy 100th Post to me!!

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Why So Serious?

So, yesterday I tweeted this:

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The first retweet in the picture was from the actual chef who was cooking the loin on the tv show. I’m glad he shares my childish humour 😀 For the record I also giggle whenever a football commentator uses the word ‘penetration’.

Last night on twitter I also learned that if you rub your hand with stainless steel after using garlic (and after washing your hands) it will remove the smell, and if you drink coffee after eating garlic it will clean your garlicky breath. I also learned that if you wear two pairs of socks inside your Dr Martens when breaking them in, your boots will rub on the socks and the socks will rub on each other and NOT your ankles – maybe I can avoid the monster blisters this time around.

Just thought I’d share these little nuggets of information. It’s always important to learn at least one new thing a day 😀
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Do We Over Share?

When I first started using the internet, it was pretty new. Message boards were more like chat rooms, and very basic. I don’t think blogs were very well-known and the term social networking didn’t even exist. It was a place that you could be completely anonymous and as a result, when blogging did start to become popular, you could write and be completely unknown. In fact people have made a living out of it (remember the blogging escort who is now a published author?)

All you had to do was think up a good username (or ‘handle’ as it was then known) and you were away. It meant that you could freely write your feelings, rants and fears online, have them out there for anyone to see, but not fear the backlash of people you knew knowing what was really going on in your life. It was a great feeling to get things off your chest and even have replies from strangers. Your thoughts were just floating out there in the ether. Of course now all you have to do is Google a name, username or email address and there are sites which display all their social networks and blogs together on one page for all to see. That blissful anonymity is now gone.

There are a few people I know who regularly switch blogs, mostly because at some point in their sharing there’s been a point where they’ve gone to far and as a result fear their real identities being revealed. I have no problem with people knowing who I am, the general area I live, where I work. Some of my friends are baffled at this and find it very strange when people I only know from the internet visit me at work to say hi. The world’s a dangerous place, I know, but when people are being randomly stabbed near my work place anyway…… But I don’t mind people knowing who I am – isn’t the whole point of social networking allowing people to know who I am? It’s all about everyone having their famous for 5 minutes moment, right?

But – there is a line. A few years ago a woman was criticised, and rightly in my opinion, for tweeting about her child drowning in her pond or swimming pool. It wasn’t the content of her tweets so much as the fact that she was tweeting WHILE her child was drowning. Yes, people were there trying to help him at the time, but if your child was drowning wouldn’t you think the last thing on your mind would be to pull out your phone and share it with the world?

About a month ago a distant relative posted on Facebook that her Mother and Brother had been in a car accident and that she’d had to watch them being cut out of their car. They were all fine, and she wanted to thank her friends for their support. Yes it was a terrible time for them all, I’m not criticising her for sharing, but if it was me I would have picked up the phone and thanked my friends personally. Or if I’d HAD to use Facebook, written on their individual walls to thank them. But by writing it all as a status update, the whole incident was hugely dramatised and broadcasted. It seemed to me that it was a massive shout out to scream ‘look how dramatic and interesting I am’. I know that was not the intention in this case, but statuses or tweets like this really do read that way to me. Is it only me?

And it happens a lot. Mostly on Facebook I must say. It’s so easy to start writing things like that as a way to just get the feeling out there. But do people forget who their audience is? An update about an argument or a cryptic sentence or song lyric about a break up gets tongues wagging and questions asked. And surely that’s the intention? It’s the new century’s version of  “Oh my God I’m so fat” in order to get the response of your good friends assuring you that “of course you’re not fat”.

Now I know I’m an incredibly cynical person. I always look for motives and both sides of situations, and usually go for the version that was the least obvious (I’ve got a strange brain), but it seems to me that the world is going into Over-Share. Write a journal (in an actual book), a private blog or just come out and say what you think! I’m a straight talker with a bad case of verbal diarrhoea. I can hold my tongue in most situations but I prefer to speak the truth. I hate dishonesty and secrets (they ALWAYS come out). But I do firmly believe in a time and a place and increasingly I’m seeing that the internet is being considered as both the correct time and forum – no matter what it is. Maybe we need to re-establish some kind of internet etiquette.

One day, in the future, if places like Twitter or Facebook aren’t around, the current generation of youths who have known no better, might have to have a face to face conversation with someone they care about and actually speak words about their feelings. And they will struggle hard. Social networking is stripping people of their skill to interact and makes it easier for people to make hard decisions and actions. How many people do you know who have found out their relationship is over because their partner has changed their online relationship status. Sad times.  I wouldn’t be surprised if statistics will show a rise in marriages breaking up because people find it easier to share with their computers than their partners. Just a thought.

So I say to any of my readers out there, the next time you feel like blogging, tweeting of updating your status to provoke a response or create some drama, think about who you’re trying to reach. And if it’s that important, go speak to that person for real! It might be harder, but it’s going to make you a stronger person.