Last year, Lindsey over at Lindsey Reads had a really thoughtful discussion post about the pros and cons of telling people about your blog. It's a topic that had also been on my mind for awhile, so I wanted to put down my thoughts on the issue, as well.
Do I tell people about my blog and talk about it in my "real" life? Yes and no. Mostly no.
Before I started my blog, I only told two people that I was even considering it: my sister and my husband. Now that I've been blogging for almost two years, there aren't that many more people that know about it among my family and friends. My parents read it occasionally; my brother and his wife know, but I don't know if they actually ever check it out.
I feel like I talk about the blog quite a bit, but my sister has become the (lucky or unlucky?) recipient of almost all my emails and phone calls about it. She's been really great to brainstorm ideas with or help me proofread upcoming posts (one of these days, I will convince her to start her own blog!).
So far, blogging has been a really wonderful experience and I'm proud of the things I've written and what I've been able to put together. Logically, I should want others to know about this hobby of mine that has actually become a big part of my life. So, why don't I talk about my blog with more people or promote my posts on my personal Facebook page?
If I'm going to be really honest, I think there is a little bit of a feeling of embarrassment. I think if I started telling people, they'd be like, "You do what?" There are so many blogs out there on every topic imaginable; it's not uncommon for people to have a blog, but for some reason, I think my friends and family might think it's weird for me to have one? Like, I don't even text on my phone, yet I've created this whole corner of the internet for myself? And even though it's a public blog and part of the reason I started it was to join this amazing community, it still feels a bit personal. Even if I'm just writing a book review, it makes me nervous to think that someone I know and see often is reading my words and maybe even judging me for my thoughts. For some reason, it's less nerve-wracking to have someone I don't know offline reading my posts.
I think a lot of my family and friends just wouldn't be interested in it. I know some of them read often, but I don't think it's on the scale and with the passion that I have for it. I don't really want to be talking about something that no one cares about. Somehow it would hurt less to keep it to myself than to tell others and not get a lot of support.
Other book bloggers just get it - we started our blogs for a lot of the same reasons; we have the same interests; we understand each other. Whether we're super excited about an upcoming release or gutted when a book doesn't live up to expectations, we all know how that feels. I love that I've been able to join this community and develop a friendship with other bloggers. I have all of you guys - most of the time I don't even feel a need to talk about my blog at work or with friends.
So, this rambled a bit! Am I overthinking this? Should I tell my friends and family about my blog? Do you talk about your blog in "real life" or do you keep it private?