Full Disclosure or Nah?

Ok, so no one put a gun to my head and told me to be a blogger. Right? Right. 

Furthermore, no one forced me to blog about my life and travels as opposed to a topic/career interest- although blogging kinda is for me. Right? Right.

I must admit that I love creating and consuming blog posts. And to be even more honest, I really admire those YouTube Vloggers who reveal so much of themselves for the world to see. 

Take a look at some of my favourite vloggers on YouTube and tell me if you are not inspired by their vulnerability too.

Just a few examples to beg the question, how much should a b/vlogger reveal about themselves to the public?

I guess the answer is obvious- how much you want to. 

Be that as it may, the more vulnerable bloggers and vloggers are the more successful they are because people can relate to them on a very personal and intimate level. 

I don't know that I want to compromise my personal ish for popularity though. And to be honest I don't think that you have to either.

The honest truth 

As a woman on her own in a foreign country, I am super anal about my safety and my security. For me that includes my location, future whereabouts and plans etc. Hence why I have never fully disclosed my exact location and the like. I am always fearful of someone with nefarious intent taking advantage of my vulnerability and doing something to me. 

I am cognizant of how this cautious attitude can hinder me from developing a dynamic with my audience in a way that is perceived as being honest. Furthermore, possibly growing a loyal audience base. 

I must say that integrity and likes are important in the blogging world. 

However, as a person who has professed from day 4, that their all time favourite profession is, and will always be journalism/blogging, I endeavour to blog not to earn my place in the status quo, but rather to really and truly share with and receive from peoples of different cultures and sensibilities, experiences .

I want my readers to feel what I felt and for the persons that I meet, I want their experiences of and with me to be felt by my audience as well. 

As a result, I don't think that locations or next week plans are necessary at all. 

What do you think?

Do bloggers owe it to their audience to be an open book?

 

Thumbnail photo taken by Murat Dutlu of Murat Dutlu Photography.