Good morning everyone! I hope you’re all having a lovely day with lots of reading and/or football in store. I feel bad ditching the regular Sunday Salon this morning, but since my topic isn’t specifically bookish, I didn’t feel right giving it the tag. Same basic premise applies, though. And let me say right off the bat that this post has nothing to do with publicizing your blog as in gaining readers, marketing yourself, blah blah blah. It’s more of a personal pondering. Also, please note the ponderings in this post are my from my personal experiences and I certainly hope that the things I express do not create any offense for anyone else.
I have so much I want to say about this topic as it’s been one I’ve been thinking about for years (in some shape or fashion). I’ve already scrapped three whole paragraphs of ramblings about audience awareness, so I think I’m just going to cut to the chase on this one. How public is your blog? Obviously there’s a difference between having a public blog and a private one, but how much do you publicize your blog in real life? And let me just define real life as consisting of people who are probably not bloggers themselves. I don’t like the term “in real life” but will use it in this post. My apologies as I’m sure you don’t like it either, but we’ll go with it.
Because I started out as a book blogger, blogging exclusively about books with a fair amount of anonymity, I didn’t talk about my blogging habits at all in real life. I honestly don’t remember when I told my family, but I remember being a little embarrassed. Blogging just about books? What authority did I have to talk about books? And what does it even mean to be a blogger? Bloggers aren’t always portrayed kindly in media so it was just easier to keep my blogging activities private, though I was never ostracized for being a blogger.
There did come a time when I started being more public with my blogging, but my friends and family didn’t get it. “How’s your online book club?” they’d ask. Um…? Ok, scratch that. Not sure where book blog evolved into online reading club. On the other hand, though, I started being more public on my blog about my private life. Some of you I’ve known for three and a half years worth of blogging, and while I know not everyone shares the same sentiment about sharing private life stuff on the blog (another topic for another day?), it just felt natural to me.
It eventually felt natural to combine my personal blog with my book blog into this current blog–I mean, I’ve posted some pretty ridiculous videos of me doing really embarrassing things. And other than my deep dark secrets (ha!), there isn’t a whole lot I haven’t talked about. Of course some topics are better left unwritten as I realize that even though to most of you I’m just a random gal who blogs and I still have a fair amount of anonymity, this is still a very public forum and anyone can read what I write.
In the past year, though, I’ve been more personal than bookish on the blog. And while it would require another post to thank you for all putting up with my shenanigans (as I know book bloggers generally like to read blogs that are exclusively book blogs), I also find myself wishing in a way that I could share my blogging with personal friends and family without getting the blank “you have a blog?” stares or the comments about enjoying my posts when they’re not so bookish (um, lately that’s most of them). Slowly I’ve been adding links on Facebook, and typically only when I post something personal (which is ironic since it’s possible most of my FB friends are book bloggers), but I’m still hesitant about uttering those words, “I am a blogger.”
Do you make your blogging public in real life? Why or why not? How do you bring up the subject of your blog–work it’s way into conversation or just blurt it out? How do people react to your blogging? Do they take an interest or just kind of brush it off?
Looking Back to Last Week
-February’s Whip Up Something New linky is up! Hope you join us.
-I showed you the quilting progress on Baby Billy Sue’s quilt
-Finally I reviewed The Book Thief (re-read in 2010) and gushed
a little a lot
Looking Forward to Next Week
I have no idea. Fingers crossed a review on either True Grit or Friday Night Knitting Club (both half written posts). Oh, my thoughts on the first section of Ulysses for Jousting with Joyce tomorrow! Huh, and I guess probably just a Wordless Wednesday or a Random Wednesday post. Maybe a recipe on Friday, but we’ll see how the week progresses. I know I’m weird, but I just don’t like posting every day!
Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend! And I hope you’re staying warm whereever you are–we’re barely thawed out in Dallas but have more projected snow storms for next week. Unfortunately our city just doens’t know how to handle it like you Northerners! It’s pathetic really, but I’m glad to stay put…until the ice cream runs out…