Separating Business and Personal Lives Online

Many online writers use social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter to promote their writing, but doing so is not as simple as you might expect.

If you combine business and pleasure online, you run the risk of alienating your audiences.  By sharing personal information with people who are only interested in your writing, you run the risk of boring them or seeming unprofessional. By sharing purely professional updates on social media channels that include your friends, you run the risk of appearing like a self-promotional spammer.

We’ve packed this podcast (Separating Personal from Business Accounts) full of tips on using Facebook and Twitter in such a way that will please your professional and personal followers alike. In addition to reducing the number of people who block your posts or un-friend you, our advice will help you share information with those who care about it most.

If there is an online writing issue you would like us to cover in a future podcast, tell us about it by sending an email to podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com!

3 thoughts on “Separating Business and Personal Lives Online

  1. It would be useful to have transcripts. I hate having to listen to podcasts and videos and usually do not bother to do so, because I can read the same information in less than half the time.

  2. This was very good advice and helpful. It is true that our perception of one’s professionalism is hindered or furthered by what we see them say online. I am not a Facebook user and may need to reconsider that. Thanks so much.

  3. Thanks for the suggestion, WriteAngled! We don’t have any easy way to do that right now, but if you stop by our Learning Center (http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents), you’ll find that most of the advice we share in our series is covered there in some form or another.
    And thanks for listening in, Hyphenbird! Being on Facebook is by no means mandatory or even necessary- I think the most important thing is that people behave responsibly and professionally in whichever community they choose to join. And you’re already a pro at that!

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