Oversharing on the Internet

I keep feeling like I want to write about marriage and the circumstances surrounding mine, but I really struggle to put my thoughts into words. It’s such a personal subject and I guess I’m just not quite ready to put all of that on the internet.

Which leads me on to the topic of oversharing and how most of the time I am very guilty of doing it. Ever since I had my first livejournal account I got into trouble with friends and family members over being so candid online. We’re talking like age 13 or 14 at most, by the way, so all of the journal entries were bursting with teenage frustration, hormones, and terrible grammar. So in the last ten years of sharing my life on the internet, what have I learned?

Don’t name names

Yeah, I’m guilty for this one. In the past I’ve gotten in trouble at school for writing less than favorably in my livejournal about someone I knew. Ultimately I decided to abandon one livejournal account and begin a new one, as you do when people raise their pitchforks and come knocking on your door. Over the last year or so I have been trying to be careful about the specific information I share online, at times resulting in some very cryptic tweets. Basically, I’m still working on this one.

‘Delete’ doesn’t always work

Screenshots and browser caches make it so difficult to truly erase something written in the heat of the moment, especially if there are people looking for a reason to drag you down. Although snapchat is a pretty good way of venting quickly!

Haters, they gon’ hate

And fakers, they gonna fake
Ballers, they gon’ ball
Shot callers, they gonna call
But that ain’t got nothing to do with me and you
That’s the way it is
That’s the way it is

Thank you, 3LW for sharing those inspirational words. Let us all become a little more like 3LW: cool, hip, and stuck in the early 2000s.

The reason I bring up oversharing on the internet is that I’ve been paying more and more attention to the sorts of information that a lot of content creators on YouTube seem to volunteer to their audiences. Honestly, I’m really glad I put YouTube on the back burner. When I see some of the intense hatred these people receive I get secondhand stress! It seems like being a YouTube celebrity/star/guru these days means being available across every single social media platform. Because nobody wants to subscribe to a YouTuber who isn’t accessible and #relatable, right? Gotta come across as approachable and hip, I guess!

That wasn’t really meant to be a stab at YouTubers. I mainly wanted to highlight how crazy it must be to feel the need to always be “on”. Personally, that’s just not my jam.

day 21 oversharing on the internet