Just because you’re a blogger doesn’t mean you don’t have the exact same rights when it comes to privacy and safety as everyone else. Many bloggers put a lot of themselves out there, which is great for their self-expression and good for engagement, but it can often lead to readers thinking of them as public property, which is why it is so important that, as a blogger, you take steps to keep yourself safe and maintain the level of privacy you’re comfortable with. Here are some tips to help you with that:
Don’t reveal your location
Okay, so it’s probably safe to say that you live in Florida or New York or wherever it may be, but if you want to keep safe and maintain your privacy, be sure not to post anything that could give away more precise locations like your home address or street sign or anything like that. If you are required by law, as bloggers in some locations are, to include a mailing address on your blog, use a P.O box, or maybe pay a few dollars to https://physicaladdress.com for a virtual mailing address that will keep you safe. No one needs to know your exact location, after all.
Wait before you blog
If you’re out at a fun attraction, it’s only natural that you’ll want to share it with your readers, but to be on the safe side, it’s always better to share your thoughts and pictures after you’ve left and you’re safely back at home, just in case. This isn’t just sensible advice for bloggers but for anyone who posts anywhere online as it’s all too easy for the wrong people to find out where you are or find out that your home is empty and invade your privacy in a way that would not be cool.
Be mindful of different cultures
If you’re on vacation, it’s important that to check out the local customs before you go posting snaps of yourself standing on what is (probably unknown to you) a sacred statue or wearing a bikini in a culture where it would be frowned upon. Again, this is good advice for anyone, but as a blogger who’s putting it all out there, it is even more important for you.
Unfortunately, on the internet, you cannot be sure that everyone is who they say they are, so you might really like that lady who always comments on your crochet projects or have lots of fun debating parenting techniques with the mom who follows your parenting advice, but if they suggest you take things offline, think carefully and try to establish they are who they say they are first.
Take security seriously
Of course, you also need to protect your blog, so set a strong password and change it regularly. You may also consider adding plugins and software that defend your blog from hacks and attacks, and you should probably stay up-to-date with the latest hacking techniques too.
Although it may not seem like it from the above, blogging is pretty safe and lots of fun, so don’t let this post put you off, but do take your safety and security online seriously!