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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.

 

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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!

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49 COMMENTS

  • MathCrln

    Thank you for this post!
    I relate so much to this as I (still) don’t feel confortable posting too much about my blog on my personal accounts. Knowing too many people IRL and knowing that in a way they will judge me (already happened in the past) blocks me a little. As time goes I tend to not care and do the things I consider more practical but I still have two accounts for almost every platform 🤷🏾‍♂️
    Glad to know I am not the only one feeling and thinking like this 😅

  • Caroline Agoba

    I know exactly what you’re talking about. Last year, if anyone brought up my blog or wanted to see it, I would just die. But now, I’m actually so proud of it and It’s nice to see you’ve come out of that funk too, and to realise it’s nothing to be ashamed of x I really enjoyed reading this!:)

  • BeautyAndBrushes

    I completely understand where you’re coming from when you talk about confidence issues. It makes everything else in life feel like so much more of a struggle. If you don’t believe in yourself, and love yourself. It’s so much harder to love the things around you, including life in general. I don’t think social media, constant worry to be like the models on particular magazines and idolised celebrity’s walking the streets in helping. Especially the younger generation! I could talk about this forever, as I think a lot of people can! Thank you so much for sharing darling. Lots of love🌸✨🦄💫. Xoxo

    http://www.beautynbrushes.co.uk

  • florence wood

    I have always had a separate social media platform for my blog, I like it this way as it feels like a separate hobby from my personal life! So happy that you feel proud of your blog – keep going!

    Florence | https://beyondimagination12.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Davona

    I can totally relate to this post. I’ve considered keeping my blog separate from my personal life because of an uncomfortable feeling I have of being front and centered. I was bullied and teased as a kid and in middle school so I’ve spent my life and actually perfected shrinking myself so that I don’t get noticed. Lately I’ve been forced out of the background at work which us super uncomfortable. I started my blog to have an outlet so when I found out that I would have to share my stories with the world I was very scared but I can say this experience has been one of the best! It has caused me to work through my fears and I’m meeting people all over this world. Keep doing what your doing. Your bravery is inspiring and it helps people like me to know I’m not alone. Great article! Best wishes.

  • Kristin

    I know a few people who keep their blogs seperate from their irl. Some do it to avoid family drama. Others to avoid the potential for teasing and some just because they want their blog to be completely their own space. I say do what feels right for you! It seems like you have come a long way from where you started and that is amazing!

  • Emma

    I can completely relate to this Hannah 🙂 I’ve got 2x Instagram accounts and 2x twitter pages! Haven’t plucked up the courage to tell everyone about my blog yet! Well done on your blogging journey so far.

    Emma | http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

  • The diary of Ellie

    I have a personal twitter & insta and then a blog twitter & insta too and i keep up with them all really well and dont find it too much of a struggle!

  • This was so interesting to read! I started my blog at the end of last year, and decided to rename my personal Instagram to make it blog-related. Because of this I’m still not 100% blog blog blog on there all the time because I know so many people in real life. But every time I start to think twice about it, I try to remind myself that I’m putting so much time and effort into this and it is something I’m proud of so I shouldn’t shy away from it. It’s a work in progress. 🙂

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

  • Ashleigh Taylor

    I also have separate accounts for both personal and my blog posts, and I prefer it that way too! I can relate to this post a lot! X

    Ashleigh | http://ashleighwrites.co.uk

  • hebahpervaiz

    I relate to this so much, but I’m glad you’re proud of your blog – as you should be! I felt like this to begin with too!

  • MJ

    That makes total sense. Not going to lie I always wonder why people have two, but reading this post has given me some incite. Sometimes I think about doing it also, but it’s so much work omg! Hahaha it’ll be like starting over!

  • Liz Brannan

    I was the same as you and created new twitter for my blog! I did create an Instagram but then gave up! I’m not too keen on promoting my blog on my insta as I know people from school/work/uni and I just found it strange! Still do now! Interesting post and was really good to read!
    Liz xx

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      I never promote it on my personal one for that reason! I’m still too scared of being slated for it hahaha! xx

  • falidude

    Really interesting post. I think it can be a good idea to have separate accounts howI think I would personally struggle with two accounts. Thanks for sharing though!

  • Tasha Louise

    This is really interesting. I have 1 account for twitter and 2 for instagram, I try and keep my blog a bit of a secret but a few people I know follow my blog instagram! I hate the thought of people I know reading my blog even though I’ve chosen to put it out there for people to read it! Like you said people can be mean and even though I’m sure no one I know in real life would be mean about it I just feel a bit embarrassed about them reading it!

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      That’s exactly how I feel! It feels so silly cause as you say it’s there in the open on the Internet, but I still try and make an effort to somehow hide it haha!

  • Anna

    I’ve been blogging for only 6 (ish) weeks and I’ve already found it’s significantly easier to keep my personal social media separate from my blog social media. I would get so confused it they were together. I’m also guilty of drinking and spilling my blogging secrets lol

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Aww, welcome to the blogging community! Hahaha that’s so funny, I’m glad it’s not just me!

  • Disa Rastogi

    Hi, I think this post is relatable to many of us. I too started with 2 Twitter accounts one personal and other for my blog. I m more active on the blog account and looking back I think no need for 2 accounts

  • Rainbow imagine

    Recently I have been coming out more about my blogging as well. I thought: Why not? It is something I’m proud of doing. But just as you I had two accounts for everything. Both personal and blogrelated. So this is super relatable. I am glad opportunities started opening up for you as soon as you shared that you had a blog. Funny, the other day when I mentioned my writing a blog to someone, this person asked me to write for the neighbourhood paper. I might consider it even!
    http://www.rainbowsdreamcloud.com

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Totally go for it! It seems so silly that we’re so worried about what people think – I need to start practicing what I preach though haha!

  • Holly

    Interesting post to read! I definitely relate to this, I have two accounts (one for my personal life, one for my blog). The reason was that my blog is/was something I don’t share with many people – although more people I know are beginning to find out about it, but I certainly don’t boast and say “I’m a blogger”. I don’t know why, I guess it’s a confidence thing, even when my boyfriend reads my posts aloud I get embarrassed. I’m sure I’ll get over it soon.

    Holly x
    http://www.adailydoseofholly.com

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Ooh that’s the worst, when people read your posts back to you! You’re like “I know what I said, stop!” hahaha! x

  • andthenzen

    I was a little nervous about annoying the people I know in real life, and I still get super self-conscious when anyone brings it up in person, but I threw myself in the deep end and decided not to have two social media accounts for the most part, and it’s gone relatively well for me – I still have two Instagrams though, so I can post whatever the hell I like on one and keep a theme on the other.. 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Ahh that’s my big issue right now! I want to start a theme but I like just posting little snippets of what I’m up to as well – definitely can’t end up with three accounts though!!

  • Sophie

    I definitely relate this! It does just come down to confidence and hopefully I’ll be able to open up about my blog in the future too 🙂

  • tiarasandsequins

    I really enjoyed reading your postt! I love your style of writing!

  • pugislife

    It’s funny because I do the same thing! I have a separate twitter account for my blog and my personal life. Just recently my boyfriend found out about my blog and started following me on every SM account that I have for blogging and for some magical reasons people I know started discovering my blog too haha I wanted to block them at first because I lost the freedom that I had from being anonymous haha

    Halo-Halo | http://danidotyes.blogspot.com

  • Sarah Whyte

    This is how I feel aa well. My personal account is rambling about TV and memes, my blog is quite specific so I don’t want to bombard people just yet. When I get a bit more confident in my blog, I’ll do a lot more cross posting but for now, I like it how it is.

  • catherineannx

    I completely agree and relate to this. Other than the twitter I have, I do not have any social accounts related to my blog, and wouldn’t even know where to start! I have just started my blog and still need some pointers, but I’m definitely going to follow your blog now, as I feel as though you have helped me already, so thank you ☺️💕

  • styleandtellblog

    Hello…
    loved this post. I don’t have two accounts for Instagram but I do have two for Twitter hahah

    Veronica | https://styleandtellblog.wordpress.com/

  • Aliki

    Nice post! I also relate with you and i try step by step to feel more confident!

  • Sara

    Really enjoyed this blog post it was such a unique and different read! I also have double social media accounts as I feel anxious about people who follow me on my private account knowing!

  • Lily of Nigeria

    I completely understand what you mean. I struggled with confidence as well, from nursery school till my final year in uni. I have personal and blog accounts for social media as well. Very contrary to what I thought, these same people I hid my blog from are some of my blog’s biggest supporters.

    Whenever you can, I’d love to have you over at my blog http://www.lilyofnigeria.com

  • katielauren

    This is such a great post, I have two accounts on everything too! I just feel like my personal followers aren’t as interested in the content I created as my blog followers, it’s a given we all have different interests and hobbies. I never see my blog as ‘work’ but I often find my personal socials as more of a relaxing ‘scroll’ whereas my mind is much more switched on when I’m on my blog accounts always looking to share and comment and interact with others!

    https://katie-lauren.blog

  • Katelyn Hawkes

    I have double social media accounts as well, I’m so afraid of annoying everyone I know 🙈

    I love this post – it was a unique read!

    xx

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Hahahaha it’s such a struggle eh! Thank you! 🙂 xx

  • When I started on social media, I went straight to Instagram and it was my personal one which turned into a blogging one. But all my other channels were separate. I had just grown my IG too much to not use it. But for a long time I was not following anyone i knew because i did not want them to see my blog ahah

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      That’s fair! My personal Instagram was small at the time and still is in comparison, so I’ve ended up with the opposite haha! I feel like I can’t bring them together now!

  • florence wood

    I have always kept my blog life and personal life separate – I feel as though I don’t want people knowing and I like to have something which know one really knows about!

    Florence | https://beyondimagination12.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Katie Henry

    Great post. I was definitely not very vocal when I started my blog and I’m still not to an extent. Really interesting to read and best of luck with posts to come x

  • Lyndsey

    This is a really relatable post! It took me months to decide to actually let anyone know I’d been working on a blog. When I finally took the plunge and shared my blog on my personal social media, the reaction I got was incredible and I have no regrets! 💗

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Aw that’s so good! I’ve started telling a few people and they’ve been so supportive, but I’m yet to brave sharing it on my personal accounts! That’s the next step! xx

  • Laura

    I complete relate to this and I’ve kept my personal and blog social medias separate. I was always scared I’d annoy people with my constant ‘please look at my blog’ posts! The issue of what photo should be posted on which account is very annoying though ahah xx

  • Dominique

    I 100% get what you mean! I’ve spend most of my blogging years without saying to anyone -but my mum- about it. However, as that’s not really the most viable way to get other people to read the things you write, I decided to ‘casually’ mention it on my Insta and Twitter. Luckily, I guess, I don’t really have that many people I know following me on social media.

    Although my heart rate still rises at the mention of my blog by people I know, I’ve noticed that either they don’t care about it at all OR care about it and are interested in what I do. So I haven’t really had any negative feedback (well, if you count disinterest not as an insult). 😉

    Love,
    Dominique

    http://www.fashionedbypluche.blogspot.com

  • Tyas

    Interesting post! I kind of relate to this, as I had had confidence issue since I was in elementary school. I still feel not confident sometime, of course, but not as bad as before after I started opening up in high school 🙂 I think having a separate account for your blog is a great idea, for you can focus on your blog posts and promotions and engage with other bloggers more with that account. I don’t have one for my blog though, would consider making it too!

  • ruthinrevolt

    I’m the same – I keep them separate. I originally set up the things for the blog because I didn’t know if I wanted to share it with my nearest and dearest… then I told them anyway. I also keep them separate to keep some degree of privacy, more so for my family than anybody else. If everyone’s in the same place, you’re opening that up to everyone in your life as well.

    Definitely know what you mean about posting a picture twice, though. I’ve managed to resist so far, but it’s hard. Thankfully, there’s not much crossover between the accounts so I’d probably get away with it 😉

    Ruth | http://www.ruthinrevolt.com

  • aysemervedemirblog

    This is a great post and I agree! I did the same thing as first and kept my instagram private however I don’t really care anymore haha!

    Ayse x

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