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May 23, 2019 10:06:11

The line between business and personal

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Rosie Odsey

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I freelance / consult / coach. I operate as myself, rather than as a company. I've been thinking a lot about how I use social platforms.

Here's what I've been thinking:

Why draw the line any more?

My close, meaningful relationships happen off-platform anyway.

I could just make every post public, let my profiles be a representation of the (good) work I do, and be done with it.

After all, I'm quite proud of the work I do, it's often the first thing people ask anyway, and it's a pretty massive part of my life. I have shaped my work to fit me like a glove. It is more expressive of my being than my clothes are.

I did consider going off social media altogether. But there are places that allow me to be generous and helpful and connected, even though I refuse to be reactive.

So here's my game plan moving forward:

Social media is now a public display of my (business AND personal) life. It's not an act. It's just a curated window into my world.

Though there is not much I wish to keep private, whatever is there is still mine but it belongs offline and in safe spaces.

Be very active in maintaining my close, meaningful relationships off-platform.

How do you treat social media? (particularly interested in how any other solopreneurs think about this)

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    @rosieodsey I wrote this on the topic a while back - https://200wordsaday.com/words/you-do-you-scotty-p-138755ca35db51825d In short, I don't believe in separating. What you see from me online is what you get. Authenticity is all important.

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 23, 2019 09:20:57
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      @Rawhead Thanks, Jeff! I think my question is now going to be more around what's the line between public and private rather than personal and business. A more nuanced question.

      Rosie Odsey avatar Rosie Odsey | May 24, 2019 12:54:11
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      @rosieodsey Yes Rosie, this is fair. I make those private/public choices on a regular basis as I'm sure we all do. There is also the consideration of there being different networks for different purposes. What I post on Instagram or Facebook will be much more personally and privately oriented than what I publish on Twitter or LinkedIn. I'm generally not one for airing family laundry, personal relationship or health stuff online; just as I wouldn't offline. But everyone's different, as you can no doubt tell from your own social feeds. I'm sure you'll find a balance you are comfortable with.

      Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 24, 2019 10:18:59
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    @rosieodsey I'm a freelancer as well. The thing is I rarely post on social media. I mostly ignore it. I know it can be a great way to connect with other solopreneurs and even find clients, but I'm just not getting into it. My offline relationships are most important to me.

    Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | May 23, 2019 07:02:24
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      @juliasaxena This is sort of how I've been doing things but I'm transitioning my work to be more online and I know this will mean connecting in that way.

      Rosie Odsey avatar Rosie Odsey | May 24, 2019 12:54:51
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      @juliasaxena I still have to be mindful of how I do those offline relationships.

      Rosie Odsey avatar Rosie Odsey | May 24, 2019 12:55:06
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