You can’t escape

So today (or for what’s left of it), I will be cheating on my blogging prompt challenge. It’s been a hectic day and since getting home, I’ve felt really under the weather. The colleague who sits next to me at work (and who I annoyingly share a phone with) is disgusting ill with a lingering cold and instead of doing the decent thing by staying home, she decided that it would be a great idea to infect the entire office. I was doing a pretty good job avoiding it… using antibacterial hand gel as often as breathing, consuming a ridiculous amount of pineapple, vitamin c and pine nuts, and just generally staying away from anything she’d touched… Well, that was until my brother got a cold, too. So for the past few nights, I’ve been segregated to my room in a pointless attempt at trying to avoid this virus, but I think it’s finally got me. So brain functionality, at this moment of time, has well and truly hit rock bottom.

Hopefully I’ll be able to resume normal service tomorrow…

Do not disturb!

#159: How do you manage your online privacy? Are there certain things you won’t post in certain places? Information you’ll never share online? Or do you assume information about you is accessible anyway?

I used to be very strict when it came to the information I shared online but with the digital age of today, there’s no escaping the inevitable – social media has become a part of everyday life and if you’re not using it, the general reaction is ‘what do you do with your time?!’. I do find this a shame though. I mean, what happened to meeting people in person, chilling in the garden with a good book (a physical one, not a kindle I should add), keeping personal diaries… stripping it right back to basics? I find that so many people are stuck, staring into their screens and are missing so many things going on around them, so many opportunities! 

That said, I have also evidently fallen into this category (writing a digital diary so to speak). However, I make a point not to divulge specific details on my blog/social media outlets when it comes to my family, for example names, family photos, locations etc, as I feel that it’s a bit too personal. I think however, when it comes to journalism you have to be online… everywhere! So, on a professional basis, I’m online as much as possible – LinkedIn, Twitter and of course my online portfolio. It’s just a must!

Something that everyone should keep in mind …

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

Buddha