So, I’ve kinda been oversharing a bit on the interwebs lately. This is apparently a Very Bad Thing. People want you to keep it real … but not THAT real.
I’ve banged on about ovarian cancer symptoms, horrible periods, mental health, PMDD and PMS, body image, endometriosis, chronic illness, changing my diet, operations and recovery … I’ve even written about poo!
I shared the story of my miscarriage – the loss of Boyo’s twin – and the horrible conflicting emotions of losing a baby whilst still being pregnant.
That’s pretty much why I overshare in a nutshell.
Why I overshare
- to keep it real
- to continue the conversation
- to help
- to educate
- to empathise
- to connect with those who have similar issues
- to pass on tips and tricks
I’m all about keeping it real. This goes for everything from being a responsible blogger and advising whether I’ve received goods or payment (duh! Wish everyone would do this) to well, talking about poo!
Continuing the conversation is what blogging and social media is all about. Kinda the whole point. I love that the fabulous community of women who read Kimba Likes can have a chat on Facebook, share our Me Time #kimbalikesdailytreats Moments on Instagram, and most importantly laugh; often at ourselves. We don’t always agree – and thank the gods for that. How boring would that be?
When we continue the conversation, the rest of the points come into the equation.
- It helps me to talk about what I’m going through
- It has helped others to understand conditions like PMDD, endometriosis, autoimmune disease
- I’ve learned so much about myself and others’ from starting the conversation with a good dose of overshare
- Every time we have one of these conversations, I get emails and messages from people who thank me. They know they’re not alone. That their normal isn’t weird.
- We all want to be able to relate to someone, and oversharing helps with both empathy and sympathy
- Oversharing has connected me with people who have the same or similar conditions and experiences
- I’ve picked up so many life hacks, practitioner referrals, tips, treatment options … you name it, I’ve been able to pass it on or gratefully receive some helpful info
Yes, there are negative connotations to oversharing on the internet. Especially when it comes to our kids and their own online forays.
But there are a myriad of reasons why oversharing is a Very Good Thing. So, why I overshare? Because it helps.
Do you overshare? Has someone oversharing helped you out?