Mar 11, 2011

Information Overload...

Last night my husband and I were watching TV and engaging in our usual playful banter when he said one of his many priceless comments. Almost instantly I took to Facebook to share the comment with the world when he stopped me in my tracks.

"Why does every detail have to be shared online?"

The question was valid and it got me to thinking about the life of a blogger's spouse. Of course I'm sure bloggers (and not their spouses) are reading this post right now, but if you're in a relationship how do you balance the amount of your personal life you share online while being respectful of what your spouse wants.

With Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook making it so easy to share every mundane detail of our lives with the world, when should we draw the line? My husband brought up the point that if you're sharing everything with everyone, what parts do you keep sacred and just between the two of you.

I've seen bloggers tweet throughout the birth of their children, surgery, and other moments that may seem private... but this conversation made me think of celebrity relationships and how they often crash and burn.... especially for someone like Kim Kardashian, for instance. Every part of her life is played out in front of the cameras, she is attached to her blackberry, and constantly giving her fans updates. It seems like nothing is off limits and it makes me wonder if her relationships have failed because nothing is sacred. On the flip side, I gain a bit more respect for a couple like Beyonce and Jay-Z that have managed to be in the limelight but keep their relationship private.

My husband and I were friends for years prior to dating and getting married, so my blogging was something that he accepted from the start. While he is still of the mindset that I "share too much" information, he's extremely understanding and supportive that this is something I love.

So... for the bloggers and vloggers out there, how do you determine when you need to hold back, bite your tongue, and not share something?

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