A question I get asked quite a bit: “why do you have two accounts for each social media platform?”.
Good question, person I’m not specifically referring to. If you’re someone I know in real life, and you’ve found this post on one of my social media accounts, then chances are you’ve questioned this already. Or maybe you didn’t realise that I seem to be portraying myself as the Hannah Montana of blogging. To date, I have two Twitter accounts, two Instagram accounts, and a Facebook page to avoid having to post about my blog on my personal account.
Confidence is something I’ve lacked in since I was about 12. Moving to secondary school was a bit of a knock, and my rubbish experience in said school shaped me to become a very anxious, unconfident person. Of course, my time in education coincided with a period where social media shot up in popularity, firstly with Bebo (RIP), and then with Twitter and Facebook taking over. I joined Twitter in 2009, and basically grew it to be very focused on English football. Because I was in school at the time, fellow students came to follow me and interact with me; same with Instagram in later years. Bear in mind that I was in a school of 200 pupils – so everyone who followed me knew who I was!
Fast forward to 2017, and I decide to start using social media to get word out about my blog. While I had already built up a following on my personal social media channels at this point, there were main two issues I took into consideration:
1. Without being too stereotypical or presumptive, I was pretty sure that I would only end up annoying the predominantly male Manchester City supporters on my personal Twitter account with my blog posts
2. I knew too many of my followers IRL. And as much as that wouldn’t necessarily have been a bad way to start, this stems back to my aforementioned lack of confidence after high school. People can be mean, and so I wanted to keep away from people knowing it existed.
So, I created new accounts specially for the blog. I started off by keeping myself anonymous everywhere, bar my name and age – no photos, no specific location, no information that would give the game away. Slowly, though, I started opening up to people a bit more. And when I say “opening up”, I mean I’d get drunk on nights out and announce that I kept a blog. To my surprise, admitting this to my carefully-selected few witnesses resulted in positives for me, such as becoming a volunteer on the university’s student magazine and radio station. As time went on, I started to reveal little snippets about myself from time-to-time – and with this, people that I knew outside of the online world slowly started trickling in. In all honesty, most of this was accidental; I started off by trying to block those who found my blog accounts and followed me at first (sorry guys), but soon I started to forget that I was in hiding and let them sneak past. For the record, I’ve since unblocked those I tried to stop before…
I’ve now reached a point where I’m quite proud of where I am with my blog. I’ve started making small, random incomes after a year and a half, and I’ve been approached by a few companies which is a HUGE leap from this time last year when I’d have died on the spot if I was asked by anyone about the website. For that reason, I’ve recently been questioning whether I need two separate “lives” online – but in all honestly, I feel I’ve come too far to try and start again with the original platforms. And, well, I’m still a little bit scared of judgement from people I know. But there it is; not as exciting a story as being part of a witness protection programme or anything, but that’s why I have two of each account. People can now stop messaging me reporting my other account for stealing my photos!
I also often see people considering creating a blog-specific social media account questioning how difficult it is to keep up with both sides. As someone who does it, I can say that it is relatively easy – the Twitter and Instagram apps both make it effortless to switch between accounts. However, I definitely found it much less complicated keeping on top of things when my interactions were balanced; nowadays, I definitely make more use of my whathannahwrote accounts than my personal ones. That’s just because my engagement is a lot better on those accounts, so it’ll be a different story for each individual! One issue I do run into quite regularly, though, is that I always want to post a photo I like on both Instagram feeds – if you follow me on both accounts, I basically end up spamming you with my face. Sorry.
If you’re genuinely interested in my personal ramblings (of which there are little because as of late it all goes to whathannahwrote), my personal Twitter is @hannah_mcfc_ and my personal Instagram is @hannahcar96. I can’t say they’ll be any more interesting than my blog’s social media accounts, but feel free to check them out!