April 30, 2016

Is My Blog A Secret?


























The answer to that is yes. Technically my blog is a secret among people in my actual life. In fact, the only person who knows about my blog is my boyfriend Craig.

WHY DO I KEEP IT A SECRET?
Well, if you've read my previous post on Why I started blogging, you would have found out that I am really shy in real life. It took a lot of guts for me to even sign up for a blogger account. Even though its been over a year and a half since I've started blogging, I still feel a bit uneasy when I think of someone from my everyday life somehow stumbling upon my blog. I don't know why exactly. I am by no means embarrassed by my blog. I just feel like I would probably get criticized for it though. I'm totally fine with criticism but I just don't feel like I'm quite ready to face criticism from say family members just yet. Because honestly if I were to face criticism from someone in my family I know I would definitely take it to heart. I don't want to be made to feel the slightest bit bad about something I love doing so much. On the other hand, they may think its awesome! I'll never know as long as I keep this here blog a secret.

WILL I EVER TELL PEOPLE ABOUT MY BLOG?
I want to say yes. I think eventually I will get to a point where I just don't care what other people think and finally spill the beans about it! I'm kind of excited for this day to arrive actually. Not any time soon, but maybe that's something I'll work towards within the next year!

DO YOU KEEP YOUR BLOG A SECRET?

36 comments:

  1. When I started blogging I wanted to keep it a secret, but I was so excited it about it that I told all my friends and it was just not a secret anymore haha :) I was criticised for it by some people and some people absolutely loved it! Just tell your family and friends whenever you feel like you're ready, I'm sure they will support you!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

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    1. I'm hoping so! Hopefully i'll have the guts to tell them sometime soon :)

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  2. I don't keep my blog a secret, I never really have. But I guess that might be because the reason I started blogging was to share my life with my family. (My family is pretty spread out around the world - so we dont get to see each other that much).

    But like Esther says, just tell your family and friends when you feel ready, most I am sure will find it interesting and support your blogging :D x

    - LS
    http://www.sephira.dk

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    1. I wish I were brave enough to just tell them from the start like you!

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  3. It took me a while too to be open about my blog. Today I'm actually even mentioning it when I apply for marketing roles and all my closest friends and family know about it. That being said I still feel awkward promoting posts on my facebook where I know lots of old school friends and people I actually know will see it and may judge.. and I think that slightly uneasy feeling will probably never go away but I decided that I'm too proud of my blog to let that keep me from telling people. And I've only ever got nice comments from friends and family, most of them think it's a cool thing to do and even like what I'm writing and that makes me feel even prouder. So all in all it was the right decision for me to tell people about my blog I think. I love reading your posts Renee and I think your blog is absolutely lovely and so full of interesting topics, so if you ever decide to share it with the people in your life I'm sure they'll love it and be supportive of it too :) xx

    Jess | Jess in Retrospect

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    1. Aw thanks Jess :) Sometimes I feel like my family may not get it, if you know what I mean. But I guess i'll never know until I tell them!

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  4. It's so interesting to hear about other bloggers' approach to their blogs - I also keep mine secret amongst family/friends! Everyone knows I blog, however I don't actively promote it to them and rather keep the two separate :) I can imagine why you're excited about revealing it though, I've no doubt they'll all love it as much as your readers do!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Twitter | Instagram x

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    1. Thank you Gabrielle :)
      I think when I tell them about it i'll probably still keep the two separate as well! haha

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  6. I share my blog with my 3 best friends (although it's mainly just 2 of us), and they are the only people who know. I feel like if more people I know in person know then I can't be completely myself yet... if that makes sense!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

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  7. I used to keep my blog to myself because I was worried about what my friends would think, but after a while it seemed such a big part of my life that I couldn't really keep it to myself anymore. I don't promote it among my friends but they all read my posts now!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

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    1. How did you come about telling them about your blog?

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  8. I started off the total opposite way - I only shared it with my friends and didn't want it to be open to the public because I was more afraid of judgement from people I didn't know... that sounds awful writing that but I guess I felt at ease with the people around me.
    It's always nice to read other people's blogging stories. xS

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    1. See for me, I feel like I would actually take to heart what the people close to me would say. It doesn't really bother me if someone I don't know has something negative to say to me! But I totally understand where you're coming from!

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  9. You shouldn't be shy, dear! You have a lovely blog :)
    Jill
    Jill D Blog

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  10. I can't believe anyone would criticize you for blogging! This is an artistic endeavor and something you clearly work hard at. My friends and family definitely know about my blog, and I frequently get compliments on it. Honestly, the most embarrassing thing is when I'm talking to a friend and they bring up a story or feeling I had shared on my blog, haha.

    In some ways, I wish people didn't know about it, because I definitely feel like I can't talk about certain topics.

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    1. Yeah I think that's one of the things I'm afraid of. Feeling like I would be limited to what I can or can't talk about on here!

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  11. Mine is secret to some, but not to many. I don't bring it up to everyone and rarely talk about it with my friends. Mainly because none of my friends have blogs, so they don't understand my dedication to it. However, my friends love me and support everything I do, so i'm sure yours would too :) xx

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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  12. You've quite quite a nice following so people obviously like it! There's nothing to be shy about - although I can understand, I was very shy to tell when I first started out. Sometimes I still am! :)
    - Ambar | Her Little Loves

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    1. I wish I weren't so shy haha I'll do it someday!

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  13. This is actually such an interesting topic and I am really curious to hear from other bloggers if they keep theirs a secret or not. I kept mine a secret for a long time, as I was worried that because it was very fashion-based at the time, those who I knew in real life would that my blog (which only represented one aspect of my life and one of my interests) would think that was all I was about. Since then, I have changed my blog to encompass many topics important to me and I think that because I am proud of what I am posting, I am okay with sharing it with the world and those whom I actually know. Still, I totally get being shy about sharing your blog with others even if you are very proud of the way you represent yourself on your blog as not everyone understands the world of blogging. I am sure you will get to a point where you can be open to sharing it with others though!

    Rae | <a href="http://www.lovefromberlin.net/>Love from Berlin</a>

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    1. I think that's what it comes down to. A lot of people in my life probably wouldn't understand blogging! But yes, someday I'll get to that point of being able to share it :)

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  14. There aren't many people in my everyday life that know about my blog, either. Not because I think they'd be unsupportive, just that it's nice to have a platform where I can write about whatever I want. I think if I knew my family were reading I'd feel limited in what I could write about.

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    1. Exactly! I definitely feel that way too!

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  15. I have definitely kept my blog a secret! and I know what you mean, by you don't really know why you haven't shared it. I've mainly kept mine a secret because I wanted to have something to do without everyone knowing about it.

    I just recently started using my personal Instagram for my blog, so I think a few of my friends have figured out by now.

    Ashton | Instagram

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    1. I totally get that! It feels nice to have something "private" from your real world family and friends!

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  16. It doesn't matter if you keep your blog a secret or not. What's important is you're comfortable in what you're doing and you're doing what you want. Developing self-confidence takes a lot of time, go grab all the time you need. And when you're ready, spill it out and just go out of your comfort zone. Sometimes we have to do that, to learn something new and to develop ourselves. Lovely post btw.
    Love, Fads

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    1. Thanks so much for this comment :) You're definitely right, everyone feels ready at their own pace!

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  17. Such a great topic- I still feel really weird talking about my blog to non-bloggers! Most of my non blogging friends don't know and my work definitely don't know!


    We are Dannah | Australian lifestyle blog

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    1. Its so awesome hearing others talk about their blogs! It feels nice knowing someone like yourself (who has an incredible blog!) still keeps their blog semi-private.

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  18. I know how you feel. For the the first year of blogging, I kept it hidden and didn't tell anyone. It was only last January did I decide to tell people. Now, it has become sort of a part of me. In due time, you might start telling people or not. Just go at your own pace <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

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    1. I'm hoping I feel confident enough to soon! My blog already feels like its a part of me but a part that I have to keep hidden from most.

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