When you post any kind of content on the web, privacy is always a concern. When you post day-in-the-life vlogs every single day, those concerns become even more important. If you’re not careful, you can start to, intentionally or not, reveal aspects of your life that aren’t really safe to have floating around the web, be it information about where you live and/or work to very intimate details of your personal life. We certainly like that viewers of our videos feel like they’re a part of what goes on, because they are. But those videos don’t encompass 100% of what goes on in our lives every single day (if they did, each video would be 24 hours long). Not to mention that there are certain aspects of our lives and our relationship that we prefer to keep to ourselves, for sake of our safety or our sanity or whatever.
This is why it can be extremely frustrating whenever someone crosses the boundary of what’s okay and starts to do one or more things that start to invade our privacy. Previously, people were able to use enough details from videos to identify our apartment in Tallahassee. Now, a handful of people have managed to put together our address here in L.A., and have subsequently started posting that information on social media outlets like Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube.
Needless to say, that’s not okay.
We sort of knew that this would happen eventually. As much as we try not to film directly outside of our building, we do film in a lot of very distinctive places that are nearby. Not to mention the fact that L.A. is a pretty populated city, and we live in a fairly populated neighborhood. Sooner or later, for some reason or another, someone was going to be able to put it together. That’s not what bothers us. What does bother us is why someone would feel that it was okay to share that information across the web. I’m not sure if the person(s) who keep sharing this information are trying to get our attention or get under our skin or if they think that they’re cool for knowing this information. I don’t know if we’ve done something to offend one or more of these people and they’re trying to punish us in some way. Point is, there’s no acceptable reason for anyone to release that information, or any sort of personal information that we don’t share ourselves.
Then again, I’m sure that most of you are aware of this. I know that a vast, vast majority of you guys out there would never seek out our personal information, much less share it across the web. Or at least I’d like to think that that’s the case, but I won’t be so bold as to speak for you. But I will ask you for something. As much as we try and keep these situations under control, we can’t be everywhere at once, so there are instances where such breaches of trust can slip by us unnoticed. So we ask you guys to help us out if you yourself encounter any sort of malicious commenting or posting, be it with our personal information or any other threats to our safety or well being. Report them, mark them as spam… luckily pretty much any social networking platform has some sort of feature like that built in. And if you feel like we need to be alerted about some sort of questionable activity online, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We take pride in the fact that we’ve built a pretty tight-knit community online, and we also try to make it a point to not ask you guys for anything unnecessarily. You guys already watch us regularly and give us so much love and support. Some of you even take it upon yourselves to send stuff to us, which is absolutely awesome and insane. But this is one of the few times where we do have to ask for your help.
I really don’t know why knowing our address would even be that big a deal. It’s not like we’re some sort of celebrities whose house belongs on a map. If you guys really want to try and get in touch with us, you’ve got all sorts of ways to try and do that. If you want to meet us, we have meet-ups as often as we can. If you want us to have something, we’ve got our P.O. box. Not to mention that, if daily vlogging ever started to pose a threat to our safety or our well being, we certainly wouldn’t do it anymore. We’re not celebrities, and we sure as hell can’t afford the kind of security that celebrities have. So when we do what we do online, we have to put a certain degree of trust in you guys. We certainly want to keep vlogging, and we’re pretty sure you guys want us to keep going too.
Thanks for all you guys’ love and support!