Who do you share your blog with?


I am taking this class called Writing for the Print Media and I am really enjoying it. We have covered things from newscasts to photojournalism to newspaper dialogues and so much more. This week we are talking about blogs.

After reading about blogs and whatnot, we shared our favorite blogs so I talked about DanaSquare. Ya'll know I love this girl because of how much I talk about her, so follow her if you haven't already. She sat next to me while I was praising her in this post and turned red, so that was pretty fun.

Anyway, the second part was to share your blog or create a blog from scratch. I took the lazy route and shared this blog with my nineteen classmates because I have a crazy week ahead of me and didn't have the brain capacity to be creative and think of something new. But the second I hit submit on my assignment that anyone in this class can review, I had a moment of panic.


I HAD JUST SHARED MY BLOG WITH PEOPLE WHO ATTEND MY SCHOOL! ON PURPOSE! WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST DO?!?! I'd be lying if I said I didn't immediately text my friend in that class in all caps saying I FEEL LIKE SUCH A NERD. AM I A NERD?!

Granted, my blog is linked to my Twitter and I share my Twitter with people who I trust, so they find my blog by default, but otherwise I have had no blog-world/real-life crossover aside from Dana, a blogger who I met online that eventually became a great friend because she attends the same college as me and we have the same major program.

I'm not ashamed of my blog, but I just tend to tamp down my bookish feels outside of my internship because I created this blog to combat my lack of bookish people in real life. I've always had willing crossover of dear friends who accept my bookishness (aka craziness) with open arms and welcoming smirks, but I feel like this situation is a little different. Totally weird, but I did it to myself, and I am curious--and anxiously scared?--to see their response. I feel like I've just exposed a really important part of myself to people I barely know, but then again, I have well over 5,000 followers across all platforms that are already exposed to my crazy. I've gotta get over this eventually, but school people are vastly different than the average random follower to me.

So, I'm curious. Who do you share your blog with? Does your "real life" crossover
 into the blogosphere or are you a strict separation type of person? Share your feels below!

19 comments:

  1. I try to keep my online and my real-life identities separate. I also don't really mention my blog to people at school because I'm in an English program where a lot of people are snobby about children's and young adult literature. In some cases they're snobby about anything that isn't "classic" literature, including contemporary adult novels. So I don't mention it just to avoid dealing with the disdain.

    On the other hand, the lack of interest in contemporary fiction means that, even when people find out about my blog, practically no one bothers to read it. I can't even get close family members to read it! You may find that people in your class won't end up stalking you online either just because they're not interested--something that's both a pro and a con.

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    1. Same! I mean...I am no different online than I am in real life, it's just that I am more OMG BOOKISH FEELS AHHHHHH online and significantly more calm about my feels in real life.

      I've actually found more fellow YA readers in college than I did high school, which is nice, but it lends an air of competitiveness to it because typically the people who read the same books as me want to do the same things as me in their life. It led to this terrible jealousy issue with an ex roommate that I am SO HAPPY to now have out of my life. But it's experiences like that that make me not want to talk about my feels, you know?

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  2. I've never shared my blog with anyone in my circle but they still know about it. My mom, my sister, their friends (!), some people in school... Now that I started thinking about it, I actually have a lot to say. Hmm.. I might do a blog post about this topic as well (if you don't mind).

    Haraiah @ Random Things In Action

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    1. My Mom followed my blog via e-mail and mentions it randomly some times and it freaks me out! haha So I know my entire family must know!

      I think it would be awesome for you to do your own post! Please just link back to mine for inspiration purposes. (:

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  3. It's really important to me that I share my blog. My blog is who I am (and not just because it's my business—I felt this way before I started that).

    If I didn't share my blog, I'd feel fake.
    If I didn't share my blog, I'd feel like people were missing WHO I AM.

    My blog is a huge part of me. If I didn't share that, I'd feel like people didn't know the real me.

    Sure, a lot of people may not "get" blogging or books or reading, but that doesn't mean I should hide it. I've figured out who I am. I'm a blogging, coding, reading nerd. That's who I am and I own the hell out of it.

    If people don't "get" it—that's fine. I don't "get" fashion or obsessing over celebs or going to parties. I don't get that at all. But I accept that people are like that and they're into those things. That's great for them. They can accept that I'm a blogging, coding, reading shut-in who would rather stay home 24/7 than go out and party.

    We're different, and I'm not going to hide that part of myself because it's 100% who I am.

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    1. You also run a business out of your blog, which brings an entirely different element into it! I am fortunate to have people that respect my love of books even if they don't, but I can't really TALK intensely about it with them because they just nod their heads like yes, that's so cool, interesting! But we both know they have no idea what's going hahaha the things they put up with for me!

      So my lack of ability to be like UNDERSTAND THIS PART OF ME 100% because they go out of their way to make me feel comfortable. But there's only a few people in my life like that, which is kind of what caused me to treat my blog inadvertently the way I have begun to today.

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  4. To be honest, I'm not vocal about my blog in my real life. But somehow... My family, friends and even Macky's friends sort of know about it. (It's Facebook, really.) I don't really think twice about sharing my blog though, because it's an extension of who I am. Yes, it focuses primarily on only one of the things I love most in the world (books), but it's still authentically me in every single post. I love that some of my in real life friends have started reading it to get their regular dose of book recommendations!

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    1. Yes! See, everyone of value to me knows about it. This is the first time where people who just aren't really that important to me because I barely know them are learning about it, and that's what is striking me as so unique.

      I'd love if my best friends read my blog. A few of them apparently do, but I don't know until they casually mention a book I recently talked about or something! haha

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  5. Pretty much everyone in my life knows about my blog..but I will admit that it weirds me out when my mom mentions one of my reviews or other posts. Or when one of my in-person friends mentions something I said on my blog. All in all, I think my college experience prepared me for sharing my writing since I had so many writing classes were the entire class got to critique my work.

    Anyway, you have a great blog and you're an awesome person so you have nothing to worry about =)

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    1. I am so the opposite of you! I am avoiding creative writing classes at all costs because UGH sharing my writing that I am not proud of. BLAH!

      Anyway, this comment put such a huge smile on my face. Thank you, Brittany! <3 You know how to make a girl feel damn confident!

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  6. My mother knows about my blogging, as well like my sister-in-law, but everyone else know I read and sometimes write about what I read. When I started dating my now-husband, I slowly told him about my blog. I guess I was and still am hesitant to tell people because I know some people will look down on me because I love my YA books. And I'm not ashamed, in fact I would get into a heated debate about how YA has grown since the days of Twilight (which I loved, tbh) but I really don't want to be debating the merits of YA with someone who is snobby about reading only the classics or the literary book or those that don't even read. Hmm...I may want to do a discussion post on this now, haha.

    I'm sure you have nothing to worry about with your classmates. You've worked hard on it and you have support here.

    Jenn at Books and Swoons

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    1. It's very interesting you left this comment because I am doing my thesis on public perception of YA literature. Is it that we perceive people view it negatively or do people truly view it negatively? I am very excited to explore it!

      You have such a unique and relatable story, so I think your post would be awesome! Please just link back to mine since it inspired it (:

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  7. It is always a hard decision on where the line is between your personal life and what you share with others. It is especially hard in the world of Academia because people feel empowered to tell criticize you. That being said, I would encourage you to be yourself and this blog is an important part of yourself. It is your true voice, unencumbered with expectations that you be something different.

    Before retirement I was a professor for 30+ years and a Dean and eventually an executive at a university. For a long time I was fearful of telling people not only that I read romance but that I write and have published romance books, and fantasy books, and SF stories. I was afraid it would hurt my career.

    About 10 years before I retired I started carefully mentioning it to a few people. What I found out is that a lot of people read those kind of books and they were all very interested in learning about my novelist career. I learned that there are more people like me than not. I learned that my fears of not being accepted, or worse being spurned, were unfounded. It was all in my head based on outdated ideas from friends and others who were worried for me.

    So, I say be yourself and own it. I personally find people who read widely to be much more interesting than people who read only in one genre (e.g., literary fiction). I bet if you let the "real" you be known that you will find a lot of friends who appreciate you, your bookishness, and your marvelous sense of humor.

    Yes, there will probably be also a few people who turn their nose up. But I say, don't worry about that. People with their nose in the air often trip and fall because they can't see the ground.

    Be you. Be proud. Own it.

    Maggie at maggielynch.com
    Romance, Suspense, SF, and Fantasy
    Making heroic choices one messy moment at a time.

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    1. Hello Maggie,

      Thank you for such a thoughtful comment! I should make something clear: as I mentioned I am not ashamed of my blog and I do not hide who I am. Everyone who knows me knows I love books, they just may not know I have a blog (meaning to the extent that I love the books). My blog is something I made in high school where I did not have a ton of people I liked being around, so it was natural to keep it hidden from the world. And because it was that way at the beginning, it's just always been that way since, so it is weird to me when my two worlds (separated by accident and out of old habit) collide. It's like I feel a need to justify things to myself because it's so weird for such a thing to happen to me.

      However, hearing your story about how you found power in yourself was so touching and totally empowering simply to read! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  8. I share my blog pretty often but normally it is by accident - I just assume people know since I am always reading/ online/ reviewing books. I really don't mind people thinking I am a nerd - I am and I am proud :P

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  9. Awww! You're the best! Your class are now aware of this square. I will sometimes mention it in conversation with people when discussing books, but sometimes I enjoy it just being a "for me thing". I think that is the great thing about blogging as a self expression. Just the same as any other hobby such as art, writing, dance or anything it can totally be something you can be proud of and share or just be intent with keeping for yourself in real life terms. You don't have to deal with the face to face awkwardness on the internet which makes us all kind of brave.

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    1. This square is awesome and deserves to be known by any!

      And omg, you have such a great point! It is so much easier to just BE behind a computer screen because you don't have to worry about judgment due to a level of separation. It makes us braver. But, it also leads to a lot of bullying and all out terribleness because we don't directly see other's reactions. It's a double-edged sword, huh?

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  10. I had a class - Writing for Non-Print Media - where we all had to make a blog and keep up with it during the semester. Since we were all education majors, we all blogged about education or something that we could bring in to a classroom. I was okay with sharing that blog with my classmates, but I don't know how I'd feel about sharing The Hardcover Lover with classmates.

    Now for me now... I'm kind of careful with my blog. Even though there's nothing bad on my blog, I don't tell students that I have a book blog. If they find it, whatever, but I'm not actively promoting it for them to find.

    I have shared my blog with my sister - she's done a guest review. I've also showed my cousin and uncle. My parents know about it, but I'm not sure if they've ever seen it, although my mom does get her pick of some of my ARCs.

    I've often thought of showing it to my Writing for Non-Print Media professor because he now teaches YA lit at my alma mater, but I don't know what would happen if I did.

    Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

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