If you’ll recall, my dad had surgery just over a month ago (he’s doing very well, in case you’re wondering) and while we were visiting him at the hospital, my aunt (his sister) and her two daughters (ages like 10/11 and 8ish) came to visit him as well. Since the girls were too young to go back to see him, I sat with them in the waiting room while my aunt visited. So as I was chatting with the older daughter, she asked me if I had read Hunger Games and we proceeded to have a very interesting chat about whether we liked Peeta or Gale more (we’re both Peeta fans).
So a few weeks later, my aunt sent me a message asking for some book recommendations for her and her daughter. She said they had both enjoyed Twilight and Hunger Games and wanted something like them to read.
Enter Super Recommender! I literally sent them a book’s worth of books they should check out. And then I told them about my blog.
And I immediately felt sick.
No one, save for one friend, knows about my blog and I sort of like it like that. I like that I have this whole other world that’s separate from my “real” world, where I can feel free to be myself without reservation. I love that I’ve met like-minded individuals who share a passion with me and we’re not judgmental of it; we embrace our love of books, characters, writing, development… and through those connections we’ve (or at least I’ve) felt comfortable to share things that maybe we’d never share with other people (such as our mad love for Harry Potter or Zelda).
But then there are times when something amazing happens on my blog. I’ll have a really great author give me a shout out. A fellow blogger wants to feature me on their blog. I start a book swap and am super duper pumped about it. AND I WANT TO SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD! But I can’t… because I’ve made this my secret world.
How do you come out and say “Oh, by the way, I’ve had this book blog for over six months now. I write about young adult literature. Thanks to the book blog and that community, I’ve found something I’m completely passionate about.”?
I think what’s been holding me back from telling others is the subject I blog about. I don’t discuss books I read very much with others because I know they’ll give me that look that says “Shouldn’t you read “real” books? You’re almost 30 for crying out loud!” (of course, I’ll only slyly point out the fact that they just finished 50 Shades of Grey)
Now, before we get all “Your blog is so awesome though!” (because let’s face it, our blogs ARE awesome!) on each other, lemme ask my question: have you, as a blogger, come out of the blogging closet and told the world about your blog and what it is you do as a blogger? What made you decide to? Was it easy? Hard?
If you haven’t told others about your blog, why haven’t you? What’s held you back?
While I don’t think there’s anything inherently WRONG with not telling people in our “real” lives about our blogs, I am interested to see if I’m alone in feeling like I do or if others share my sentiments!