Should You Worry About Telling People Your Blogging Secret?

By: | November 26, 2017 | Tags: , , | 62 comments

Do you tell people your blogging secret: You are a blogger?

Have you taken the plunge or are you not ready to reveal your blogging secret?

In the past three years, I have shared my passion for blogging with many people.

Not everyone shares my enthusiasm.

This post will argue both sides of this issue.

Did you know the decision to tell or not to tell people you blog was an issue?

My experience sharing that I blog has been met with mixed results.

For this reason, you should give the decision to tell people you blog great thought.

With apologies to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “To tell or not to tell?” that is the question.

When some of the bloggers I interviewed for this post discovered I was exploring whether you should tell non-bloggers that you blog, they were shocked.

They explained it never occurred to them not to tell people.

As it turns out, blogging stigma is a real phenomenon.

It’s true! Instructions exist on the internet telling you how to reveal to people your blogging secret– you are a blogger.

Should You Tell People You Blog? Yes:

  • You meet interesting people.

I told someone I blogged. He responded by telling me about his son who was a successful travel blogger. On one of his travels, he was robbed and almost kidnapped. He became so disillusioned with travel, he never blogged again.

I told someone else I blogged. He responded by telling me he was a YouTube sensation with 13 million hits on one of his videos. Now he wanted to blog as well.

  • You could get traffic and business. On a recent vacation, when I told people I have a blog, they asked me for my business card.
  • I’ve been able to get amazing photo opportunities as a result of my divulging my blogging secret. For example, I could use photos of robots for my posts about chatbots and blogging tools. Where can I find photos of robots? The robotics teacher at my school had Lego robots. What excuse could I offer for photographing them? I honestly explained my need for the robot photo. I shared my blogging secret. I am a blogger and needed the photo for blog posts. She could not have been nicer about allowing me to take the photos.

Should You Tell People You Blog? No:

In Kimsea Sok‘s guest post, Want to Start a Blog? 7 Important Reasons You Should Not, he shares the horrified reaction of people when they heard he is a full-time blogger.

Here are excerpts from his article about his challenges trying to start a blog:

If you were in Cambodia, you wouldn’t tell your friends anything about your career because they don’t believe in an internet job.

You might be considered a scammer If you try to chat or persuade them to do anything relating to blogging.

“Stop wasting time with a nonsense career because you aren’t going get it done,” my friend advised.

“What are you doing for a living now?” another friend asked me.

“I’m a full-time blogger and work online,” I answered my friend.

You know what?

His wife looked at me using an attitude which was difficult to explain, but I’m sure she was worried that I was going to cheat her husband.

Now consider other bloggers’ reactions to his post:

It has not been a comfortable journey because I have run into many similar struggles including many skeptical folks who believed blogging was not a real job or business. ~ Ryan Biddulph

I cracked up laughing at the one where you tell people you are a blogger LOL. When I tell people, I HATE when they look at me as if I said my career is robbing banks… ~ Caryn Gittleman

  • Your friends think you don’t have time for them.

My friends knew I had a community of bloggers so they formed a local day trip community and didn’t invite me. They assumed I wouldn’t be interested since I had my own community of bloggers. I accidentally learned of it and told them I’d love to go on day trips with them. Now, I’m a member of that community as well.

  • Your friends don’t understand and won’t understand.

I told my friend I planned on blogging on vacation. She responded with disapproval. She lectured me on the importance of relaxing on vacation. I told her I relax by blogging.

  • If your friends aren’t interested, you’ll be confused and even hurt about why they don’t share your interest. The least they can do is seem interested when you discuss blogging.
  • When a close relative heard I blogged, she asked me if I ever wrote anything “profound.” I felt small. Unless I confessed to penning the next “Romeo and Juliet,” I imagined my inquisitor would be underwhelmed and not impressed.
  • I always fear people will see me taking a photo for a potential blog post and wonder why I am photographing that particular subject. You might advise me not to care what people think, but what if those people are my colleagues? My school as many amazing photo opportunities. (See “Yes” #3.)
  • People may want to use your blog to further their own agenda. People tried to use my blog for their purposes on several occasions.

First, when Donald Trump became president, two friends expected me to use my blog to try to oust Donald Trump from office.

Are you surprised to hear one of them was a blogger? She was using her blog for this purpose and expected me to use mine for the same purpose.

Happily, I am still friends with these two women.

Next, I met an author on a cruise. When he heard I blogged, he asked me to favorably review his book on United States-Chinese relations on my site. First, I hadn’t even read his book. Next, since mine is a blogging tips site, there is no connection between the content.

I conducted an interview and asked bloggers if they feel comfortable revealing their blogging secret:

I’d like to thank the members of the Facebook group the Women of Midlife and the members of the other Facebook groups that helped me for their participation. Here are their responses and the responses of other bloggers who participated in my interview:

Yes:

I do tell people. It is the reason I started one. Most are supportive.

I always tell people. They are usually amazed.

Why wouldn’t you tell people you blog?

If asked what I do, I always share my blog. Why wouldn’t I? I am super proud of it and also make money through it.

Yes, I tell people I blog. What I haven’t really disclosed is that I’ve been broadcasting live on Periscope.

I am surprised by all the people saying they don’t tell anyone… I do. I love that I am writing… I am not writing best sellers or making lots of money on my blog… Note: I haven’t made one cent… but I have wanted to write since I was 12 and I am now… so yes, I tell people…

I do! (Tell people). I suppose it’s partially because I figure they will find out anyway if they want to know. I also blog about causes frequently so it’s in my best interest for people to know about the blog. Also, I stopped my full-time job three years ago while caregiving for my father-in-law so it became a bigger part of who I am. I think people (mistakenly) think I am making lots of money off it (but I’m not … yet  ).

I tell everyone. I’m proud of being a blogger.

Yes, but I don’t tell immediately.

I always tell people. They are usually amazed.

I do tell people I’m a blogger all the time. I do get some blank stares; but moreover, I get questions. People seem to be interested especially if they are not familiar with the entire scope of blogging. Maybe it is because of my enthusiasm because I do light up when people ask me about it. In answering their questions, I have picked up some clients too. That is the cherry on the cake.

I have my blog address on the back of my car. Everyone knows.

No:

Very rarely. I don’t even post my blog posts on my personal page. I feel too vulnerable.

If I meet new people, I don’t tell them…  I was told I shouldn’t even have a blog. This was only a few weeks in and it was one of my best friends.

If people ask what I do, I say I am a writer who blogs. (Note: Two bloggers shared this response.)

I usually do not. I can talk to anyone from behind a screen, but I am completely anxious about talking about writing to most people. (Note: Two bloggers shared this response.) 

I usually do not. I’ve actually been mocked for it by someone I know (someone who, as far as I know, does not even read blogs). I am careful who I share with.

I don’t usually disclose it. People may be accepting of it at first, but often… if they remember… they will later ask about it in a condescending way. I assume they may just be looking for something to talk to me about, but it feels negative in a way. I’d rather not use energy talking about it. I’d rather use energy to write. 

Lately, when I encounter people I know or work with and they ask what I’m doing, I just say, Oh I’m retired. I don’t do anything anymore. (Which is not true… )

The other day I got, “I’m sorry…. what’s a blog?”

I use to tell people I blog. I no longer do. I get blank stares and funny looks like I am wasting their time. I might mention in a quick passing but no longer give my site name.

Unless it makes a decent income, I keep it as a secret. Most won’t understand what we are doing with it.

 I write under a pen name and I am very selective about the people I tell about my blog.

No, I do not tell anyone I blog, I just have an online community that I share blogs with.

Maybe So:

I’m selective about who I tell. (Note: This response was shared twice.)

It depends. At conferences, I do give the name of my blog/podcast. Meeting non-bloggers and individuals that I might not meet again, probably not unless they ask the name of it. If so, it generally goes well. At the day job; a small few know I do something called ‘blogging’ but they don’t ask about it.

I think it may also depend on the age of the person asking. I am 62. I’ve been blogging/writing online since 2011. Many of my contemporaries are that age or older. I find that if a younger person, say 25-45 asks, they know what a blog is and they may even ask what I write about. I’m not dissing us older women. I just find that unless they are doing the same thing they may not be interested or know what a blog is. I’m not trying to offend any of you “wrinkled ladies.” Honest. I believe in lifelong learning and learning new things until we die. They may also be interested in or have other obligations that call for their attention.

 It depends on the person. My family, boyfriend, and fellow work at home co-workers know I blog. All of them ‘get’ it for the most part. They do tend to ask a ton of questions and want to know to know how to make money, why do you do it, is it really worth it, etc.

Wrapping Up

In closing, you need to consider the pros and cons before you tell people you are a blogger.

An expression goes, “I diet. Quiet.” It implies you shouldn’t tell people if you are on a diet. Their opinions and questions could deter you from trying to reach your goal.

I am applying the expression to blogging. My personal choice: I diet quiet, and I blog quiet.

This interview seemed to resonate with many of the bloggers I interviewed, touch a nerve, so to speak.

What is your opinion? Do you tell people your blogging secret, you are a blogger? What is their reaction? Are your friends and relatives supportive? Would you advise telling others? I look forward to your views in the comments section.

Readers, please share, so other bloggers know they are not alone in their emotions when they share their blogging secret, whether those emotions are pride or embarrassment.

 

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  1. Anil Agarwal at 5:34 am

    It definitely depends on where you live Janice.

    I personally think your friends and close circle should know that you blog. They can really help in getting more clients (or awesome readers). Who knows?

    Also, when you’re doing a full time job, there’s no need to tell people that you blog (as most people as you said might think you’re a spammer). And even I know most people still think it’s impossible to make money online.

    Great thoughts. Really such a thoughtful post.

    I personally tell all the people I know that I blog. What about you?

    • Janice Wald at 8:11 am

      Hi Anil,
      Thanks for writing and sharing your opinion.
      I guess I was the swing vote. I published 12 yes answers and 12 no answers. You asked if I share? I said no. Great to see you. Happy Sunday.
      Janice

  2. Janice Wald at 6:08 am

    Note: Only females were included in the interview. This was not by choice. Only one of the Facebook groups I interviewed contained all women, Blogging Grandmothers.
    After my interview was completed, one man responded. He answered, “It depends.”
    Janice

  3. Nona at 8:44 am

    I’ve mentioned to the people I work with in passing that I blog. I’m connected to many of them on facebook so I’m sure they’ve seen the links.

    I’m not a “professional” blogger though. I don’t get any money out of it, its more of a hobby since I first started blogging back when blogs were more like personal web pages than sales and marketing strategies (and I kind of miss those days…a lot). I’m sure most people don’t even take my blogging very seriously.
    Nona recently posted…The Hexed by Heather Graham : Book ReviewMy Profile

    • Janice Wald at 3:51 pm

      Hi Nona,
      Thank you so much for commenting on my article. I say, “Never say ‘never’.” You don’t know what the future brings. You may not be monetizing today, but if someone offered you a monetization opportunity…
      Thanks for writing and answering my question. Is “nice to meet you” in order? If so, it’s a pleasure to meet you.
      Janice

  4. Alana at 10:11 am

    I was one of the bloggers quoted in your post, and it was (if I say so myself) a thoughtful post. Wlll it go viral? I hope it does, because it deserves to be widely shared. I am posting this on my Facebook timeline and I wonder if I will get any reactions. Perhaps I’ll find out I have real life friends who blog – and maybe I won’t.

    • Janice Wald at 3:53 pm

      Hi Alana,
      Great to see you. Thanks for commenting on my article and sharing on your Facebook page. I found out I had a real-life friend who blogged. I was shocked. She wouldn’t tell me for a long time who she was (she uses an alias when she blogs) and it drove me crazy trying to figure it out. Now I know, and it was all in good fun. The joke was on me! Thanks again for writing and participating in my interview.
      Janice

  5. Kyla Matton Osborne at 10:25 am

    I had no idea that talking about blogging was such a big issue! Most of my regular contacts know that I write online,and many of my friends are writers or bloggers as well. I guess it’s just never been an issue for me.

    • Janice Wald at 3:55 pm

      Hi Kyla,
      I think you are fortunate. I feel like I live in two worlds. My online world with friends like you (Awww… ) and my off-line world. In my off-line life, I am hesitant to tell people I blog. What if they feel it might impact my abilities in my job? In my friendships? Maybe one day I’ll have your comfort level. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  6. Jeanette S. Hall at 10:35 am

    Thought the dieting comment was pretty funny! I have never dieted, so have never had to hide the fact. Not sure how that relates to your writing habits, do you snack while typing? Crumbs would be a nightmare to eradicate from a key board! Maybe you should invest in a “Dust Buster” (do they still exist?)

  7. Marjorie Mallon at 10:59 am

    My friends and family.know I blog. I do tell other people too but only.if it comes up naturally in conversation as in I write books so I blog. I haven’t had any negative comments but my hubby is not keen on social media at all! We agree to differ!

    • Janice Wald at 3:58 pm

      Hi Marjorie,
      Thanks for writing. Nice to see you. Why doesn’t your husband like social media? Mine is conflicted too about how often I’m on the computer. I don’t think it’s specifically social media, so I’m curious. For bloggers (and authors), it’s pretty much a way of life.
      Janice

  8. Freddy G. Cabrera at 12:30 pm

    Hey Janice!

    Great topic.

    I like telling people that I blog and that it is one of the digital business I’m building. I’m not afraid of telling people about my blogging journey because I know how much you can accomplish in this type of business and I would love to see others build their own!

    All of us have our own personal reasons to why we would or wouldn’t tell others about our blogging journey. But I think being very open and transparent about it can be helpful to not only yourself but others as well. You never know who you might inspire to blog as well!

    Thanks for sharing this Janice!

    Cheers! 😀
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    • Janice Wald at 4:03 pm

      Hi Freddy,
      Thanks for writing. Great to see you. I just came from your blog. I see we are in the same niche. The fact that you have such a comfort level about telling people you blog is wonderful. I envy that.
      Janice

  9. Barbara Radisavljevic at 2:05 pm

    This isn’t something I’ve really thought about. I don’t keep my blogging a secret and my family and some friends know. I tell people when it seems appropriate — or when someone suspiciously asks me why I’m photographing their yard or their cat or their whatever. I’m sure they think I’m casing their property. I usually take these kinds of photos in my own neighborhood, so I point to my house, tell them I’m their neighbor and that I blog about interesting things I see and nature. After that they don’t care. If I want to photograph something in a yard and the people who live there are where they would be in the photo, tell them what I want to do and they often offer to move out of the way. If I try to get an action shot in the park or other public place, I tell the person I want to take a picture that may go online to get their permission. Most agree. Most of my neighbors now know I blog.
    Barbara Radisavljevic recently posted…A November Sunset at Doce Robles Vineyard.My Profile

    • Janice Wald at 4:05 pm

      Hi Barbara,
      I also gave the example of taking pictures at my school. How can I explain? I have to tell them I blog. Normally, I wouldn’t divulge– it’s personal, but I don’t know how else to explain why I need the photo.
      I’ve driven by houses, gotten out of the car, and quickly photographed Halloween decorations. You’re right. What if they think I’m “casing” the place?
      Janice

  10. Jill at 2:18 pm

    I usually tell people I’m a blogger if the conversation gets to the point about asking what do I do. They usually ask me what it’s about. I tell them the name and give them the website and ask them to check it out and please to share it. I don’t have much traffic, so I try to get the word out any way I can think of. I’ve printed it on my business cards too.
    It’s at http://www.captainjillsjourneys.com, it was supposed to be about travel and working on the water, but I’ve been unemployed for over 2 years now, so not too much about working recently. 🙁

    • Janice Wald at 4:07 pm

      Hi Jill,
      Great to see you. Thanks for commenting on my article. I mentioned business cards in my post. I need to get new cards made up before I travel again in the summer. Maybe I’m humble. It doesn’t occur to me people would be interested offline.
      Janice

  11. Pospi Otuson at 2:47 pm

    I see nothing wrong in sharing my blogging secret with people

    I was really shy to back then but I see it as nothing now

    You know

    Most people react with indifference when I tell them I’m a blogger, with nary a follow up question asking what I write about.

    For those who do ask, I tell them I write about everything BUSINESS related. Some find it interesting, while most kinda let out a gruff of acknowledgement before looking back down on their iPhones.

    The most common question I get is, “Can you actually make money blogging?”

    I always respond with something like, “Yeah, a little bit here and there.

    It’s not easy because you’ve got to build up a lot of traffic, and that takes many years.”

    The conversation rarely continues on the topic of blogging after I tell them it’s hard. I can hear them internally thinking, “Oh, this poor student who’s trying to make a living as a writer. Sucks to be him!“

    Thanks for the great article Janice

    – Pospi

    • Janice Wald at 4:09 pm

      Hi Pospi,
      Great to see you. Thanks for your interest in my “blogging secret” article.
      People used to ask me if I monetize (before I did). Now they ask what I write about. When I tell them, they often ask for my card. I am too humble to assume off-line contacts would be interested. I need to get business cards.
      Janice

  12. Thelma Alberts at 3:14 pm

    I have told some of my friends that I write online and that I am a blogger. But I usually don´t tell acquaintances that I blog. Of course, I share my blogs to FB as I need readers. I am sure some of my FB friends have read my blogs. Nowadays I just share my blogs when I think my friends are interested to read a certain topic like about gardening and flowers like this one http://thelmastropicalgarden.blogspot.de/2017/11/oleander-toxic-plant.html

    Thank you very much for sharing your blog. Very informative as always.

    • Janice Wald at 4:12 pm

      Hi Thelma,

      Thanks for your compliments on my blog. I appreciate your kind words.
      I totally share my blog online at social media sites and other online places. Do I tell people off-line? I have an awkwardness about it so sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  13. Laura Smith at 3:59 pm

    Lot’s of people ask me what I am going to do when I retire. I tell them,” I like to write and I’ve started a blog about what I’m going to do when I retire. It’s fun and I enjoy it.” If they seem interested I give them my blog name or text them the link. If not, I move directly on to other interests.

    Some are impressed, many of them now follow me (some of whom I never expected to be interested) and others take it with a grain of salt.

    I do notice I am somewhat choosy about who I tell without being asked the “whatchagonnado” question

    • Janice Wald at 4:14 pm

      Hi Laura,
      Thanks for your interest in my article. I’m about 5 years shy of retirement. If they ask, I will tell them the truth– I will blog! For now, I feel awkward about telling people. Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald at 4:15 pm

      Hi Jeremy,
      What is your blogging niche? I blog about blogging. My off-line friends and relatives aren’t bloggers so they act strangely when I tell them. They never ask about it…
      Janice

  14. J. M. Levinton at 6:53 pm

    I’m a writer who blogs. Yep.

    It’s never occurred to me to hide the fact that I blog. I’m happy to give people my card and send them over to my website. But while I don’t have problems with that, I still sometimes face the stigma of being an indie author. Sigh.

    • Janice Wald at 4:17 pm

      Hi J. M.,
      Thanks for commenting on my “blogging secret” article. I am sorry to show my ignorance, but may I ask why there is a stigma of being an indie author? Sometimes on Twitter I use the #indieauthor hashtag. I am proud! I didn’t know there was a stigma!
      Janice

  15. Ryan Biddulph at 8:28 pm

    I share that I blog with anybody and everybody Janice, just because I am clear on it, aka, not afraid to mention it. Years ago I was really uncomfortable noting I blogged because I was afraid people would ask me questions I could not answer. But now I feel clearer, so I have no issues sharing my blogging profession.

    I do hold a few exceptions; if someone is beyond skeptical about anything online business wise I do not bother trying to convert these skeptics. No need to draw negative, doubting energies to you. Save those unhappy, unclear few, I will note what I do and the life I live because like yourself, with folks asking for business cards, it is an awesome conversation starter.

    I get readers and list subscribers and eBooks customers and course customers from all over the globe, due to my travels. All started when I was clear on noting what I did business-wise.

    Ryan
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…7 Tips to Become a Professional Blogger Who Blogs from Paradise (Amazon eBook)My Profile

    • Janice Wald at 4:19 pm

      Hi Ryan,
      Thanks for writing. Maybe one day I’ll get to a comfort level like you have. Maybe I’m just too modest to think off-line acquaintances would be interested. I need to get business cards for sure.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald at 4:21 pm

      Hi Patrick,
      Great to see you here. Thanks for commenting on my blogging secret article. Regarding people telling you what to do with your blog, you read what I wrote– people tried to pressure me into reviewing a book about China and ousting the U.S. president! There really are reasons to keep it to ourselves.
      Janice

  16. Leanne at 2:13 am

    I never told a soul when I first started blogging – I used a random pic of a coffee cup and cat and never used my full name. Then I started my FB page for my blog and things started to overlap with my personal page and the cat was out of the bag (and off the profile pic!) Most people don’t “get” it – a few of my friends read it occasionally but most don’t care and aren’t interested. I upset my daughter with a post and she doesn’t read it anymore. My husband tells me he reads it and my Mum loves it. The thing is I write because I love to write so I don’t really care either way – it would be nice to see an admiring look now and then though!

    • Janice Wald at 4:23 pm

      Hi Leanne,
      That’s funny– the cat was out of the bag literally and figuratively! I agree. People just don’t get it– my family, my friends,… I’ve long since given up hope of an admiring look. It is what it is… Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald at 4:25 pm

      Hi Lorna,
      Great to see you. I know someone who guest posted for me. He put MY link on his resume, so it’s definitely done.
      I think if I clicked “publish,” I’d be nervous about the scrutiny. Since I click “schedule,” happily, it doesn’t occur to me to have “stage fright.” Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  17. Christie Hawkes at 11:58 am

    I don’t usually volunteer that I blog in day-to-day conversations, unless it fits in the context of the discussion. I do share my posts on my personal social media accounts, so many of my acquaintances know. After two years of blogging, I still feel a little shy about it. I’ve found most people are supportive, or at least curious, which I’m okay with. Of course, I do get the occasional blank stare or that look like I might be a little crazy.

    • Janice Wald at 4:27 pm

      Hi Christie,
      Thanks for your interest in my blogging secret article. I’ve had your experiences. Instead of being proud of me, my mom, brother, and friends think I’m crazy. My niece, daughters, and colleagues admire me. I’ve definitely received a mixture of reactions.
      Janice

  18. Debbie at 1:57 pm

    Hi Janice, I enjoyed reading this post. I saw your question in one of the Facebook groups so I was looking forward to reading the results. I have been blogging for a few years now and when I was made redundant from my job last year (in my mid 50s) I felt a bit lost as to who I was now, without a job role to define me. I had some business cards made up and had Blogger inserted as my job title with all my contact details. I don’t make money from my blog (my choice) but I love writing about travels, life and sharing photos and have no problem sharing the fact that I blog. It’s interesting to read the comments and I can see both sides of the discussion but for me I’m happy to share my blogging secret. I’ve also shared this post on Pinterest. Debbie from Deb’s World
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    • Janice Wald at 4:30 pm

      Hi Debbie,
      I felt I learned more about you from reading your comments here, so thank you for sharing. Yes, it is interesting reading these varied comments. People are definitely supporting both sides of this question.
      When my daughters left for college, I had to reexamine who I was as a person, similar to your being made to feel “redundant.” So, I started blogging! I’ve reinvented myself, and it sounds like you have too! To us!
      Janice

  19. JoeHx at 4:03 pm

    Oh, I do tell people. Mostly because I want them to read it and give me feedback – did what I say make sense? How controversial was it?

    Most people in “real life” versus the internet don’t seem to care much, however. Since I don’t blog for a living and it’s just a hobby, they don’t think negative of it.

    • Janice Wald at 4:32 pm

      Hi Joe,
      I appreciate you writing. As I indicated, I did not get too many male perspectives. When I first started blogging 3 years ago, I constantly asked my husband to read my posts before publication to make sure it made sense and wasn’t too controversial. Then, I got more confident and stopped asking.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

  20. Annie Kate at 3:56 am

    My husband prefers anonymity online, and the friends who know respect that. Yes, they know I blog, and a few of them follow me, but many people have no clue. What I like is that blogging has given me the confidence to be able to talk about my blog when appropriate, as well as the confidence to not talk about it when it isn’t appropriate. It is awkward at times, though.

    • Janice Wald at 4:34 pm

      Hi Annie,
      I’m like you– awkward at times with people off-line. I have shared I blog at school but I don’t discuss it much, and sharing took me 3 years. I still feel funny about telling people. I don’t raise it with people who know. If they were interested, they’d ask.
      Janice

  21. Lea at 12:24 pm

    This is an interesting topic. I don’t have a blog but plan to start one soon. I’ve told some people and the results vary. The people I feel closer to are interested, curious and want to know when I start it so they can read it. There are others who have looked at me like I have 3 heads. I guess over time I’ll figure out who to tell and who would rather not know?

    • Janice Wald at 4:35 pm

      Hi Lea,
      Thanks for writing. My experience is yours– some accept it and some look at me like I’m crazy. The difference is that I’ve been blogging for 3 years. I don’t have hope the “3-head” look will ever go away.
      Janice

      • Lea at 9:41 am

        I guess the 3 head look won’t go away. But then we can’t always put a smile on everyone’s face can we? 🙂 Or even make the day better for some folks no matter how hard I try.

        I just read your reply to Gill about stage fright. I hadn’t thought of it that way but it makes sense.

    • Janice Wald at 4:37 pm

      Hi Gill,
      I found out I have a reader who I know in real life. I felt “stage fright.” It’s one thing for strangers to read me, but an acquaintance…? I am not as nervous as I was, but sometimes… Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  22. Sonal at 11:18 pm

    What a fantastic article. Is really going to help with my new website design. Thank you so much for such a well written approach to a topic that people make so complicated!

  23. Eugenia at 7:12 am

    I have no problem telling people I blog. My posts are shared across several platforms so there’s nothing to hide. I keep my posts middle-of-the-road and not voicing opinions on politics or religion. I would rather my posts be relaxing and fun. My blog may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is my cup of coffee.

  24. Susan Velez at 3:44 am

    Hi Janice,

    Actually, none of my personal offline friends know that I blog. They know that I am a WordPress freelancer, but they have no clue about my blogging journey.

    I don’t share it with them because they wouldn’t have a clue what I am talking about. Instead of trying to explain what I do, I’d rather just not share it with them.

    They know that I spend a lot of time online, but they think that I am just working on my freelancing business.

    Personally, like you, I’d rather just blog in secret. There’s no reason for me to tell my offline friends, while I don’t mind, I’d rather just not spend hours trying to explain what I do.

    Blogging isn’t for everyone, but I truly enjoy what I do online and work hard on my blog.

    Thanks for sharing, have a great Friday 🙂

    Susan
    Susan Velez recently posted…Guest Posting Can Be Scary You Just Need to Do ItMy Profile

  25. Liberty Henwick at 3:33 am

    Such an interesting read, thanks for putting that all together. I could relate to many of those comments. I get very enthusiastic about blogging but I’m always a little conscious that I may be boring other people when I start going on about it so I don’t tell everyone and definitely not straight away!

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