Do your coworkers know that you have a blog? Pinterest? Twitter? Facebook? Do you follow them? Or allow them to follow you?
For the longest time at work, I never mentioned the fact that I had a blog, a twitter account or even Pinterest. To me, I wanted to keep the social side of my life to myself. Work is work. What I do outside of work is something I share with who I want at work. Yes, I know that a blog is public and if co-workers find out what my blog is and feel the need to creep and blurk (codename of people who lurk around blogs and never comment), that's their prerogative.
I used to have my twitter profile unlocked. I loved communicating with companies and random strangers who seem to find what I have to say interesting. But now to protect myself from coworkers, I have locked my profile and I miss the interaction. I want to unlock it so bad because I feel like I am limited but I really don't want coworkers to know what I am doing, what I have to say and see photos of my life. Again, work is work. My personal life is my personal life.
Okay, now you might be thinking I am being silly because being on social media is to be social, to connect with others, etc...but honestly, we spend 1/3 of our day doing what we need to do in our daily life, 1/3 sleeping and the other third at work. We spend a lot of time at work so I don't feel the need to be connecting with people at work on a social level outside of work. Am I making any sense?!?!?
I thought about making my blog private and only allowing access to the usual readers but if I did this, it wouldn't feel right. I love blogging and I like sharing with others. I've already locked my Twitter profile and Pinterest, well, it's just sharing things that are already all over the web, so there's no need to lock it. But I honestly don't know how I feel about coworkers reading about what I do once I leave work. If it irks me so much, maybe I don't belong on social media. Hopefully since I don't mention the name of my blog or my twitter handler, coworkers can't trace me but if they do find me, they must have done some serious digging and creeping on me because I never disclosed any info on where to find me on social media.
So share with me your thoughts about your coworkers knowing you are on social media...Does it bother you if a coworkers is following you? Do you have friendships with your coworkers outside of work?