1.27.2016

I'm a Closet Blogger

Blogging is a really odd hobby for someone so private, but I am not any one thing.  I was a tall gymnast, a quiet cheerleader, and a shy model.  I wrote a novel I'm scared to let anyone read, and very few people know I wrote a novel at all.  I am really good at choosing activities I am totally unsuited for

I'm a closet blogger.  And not the kind you might be thinking of, because clearly it has nothing to do with fashion.  I've been blogging for going on seven years (!!) and I am still very much in the closet about it.  Sometimes I feel as if I'm leading a double life because the majority of people in real life have never seen my blog.  The rest of them don't know that I blog at all.  I can count on one hand the number of people who have the link and of those people I think MJ is the only one who reads.  They are MJ, my mom, my two sisters and a good friend who lives out of state and outside my social circle.  They all know I blog on the down low and that it is not something I want people to know about.
Top secret blog post coming right up
So how have I kept it away from almost everyone I know for all these years?  First of all, I am really good at keeping a secret.  I might be tempted to let a little tidbit slip, but mum's the word if I want it to stay that way.  I can't tell anyone my blog name.  I don't share posts on my personal Facebook.  I don't reference our real names on the blog or any social media because I don't want anyone to google me and find my blog. 

No one I know in real life is allowed to follow me on any social media I use that links to my blog.  That's Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  Keeping my blog name a secret means, that there is little to no chance they'll find me.  I specifically told MJ he isn't allowed to follow me so he knows better, but when my little sister followed me on Instagram I had to block her until she unfollowed me.  Maybe that was a little extreme, but if she follows me, then friends and family that follow her might find my blog and I can't have that. 

I was really nervous about starting a blog Facebook page.  It was just a little too close for comfort and I was afraid that it would show up somewhere on my personal page.  I almost had a heart attack one day when I realized I accidentally shared something under my blog Facebook Page to my personal Facebook profile.  I frantically deleted the share from my news feed, terrified that I had outed myself.  It's been over a year now, and I think I'm safe as long as I don't promote my Facebook posts or use the wrong profile in the wrong place.

For a long time I didn't mention it to friends at all.  I didn't want them to read and I didn't want to feel obligated to share, but I've been doing it for so long that after awhile it felt weird not to.  I have no illusions that friends and family are clamoring to find out more about my super exciting life or blast my posts out on social media, but once that url is out there is no taking it back, and I want to keep blog life separate from real life.  I started mentioning that I blog here and there only recently, because I wanted to avoid that awkward conversation.  

Yes, I have a blog, and no you can't read it. 

I had to get comfortable with saying that it's just something I prefer to keep for myself....and random internet strangers.  Nothing personal.  It turns out that people can respect that, and then it only gets more awkward when they ask what I blog about. Ooohh...anything I want...life.  Most non bloggers think it's weird.

I prefer to keep blogging my secret and yet, it's on the internet that never forgets open to the whole wide world, so it's no secret at all.  Maybe it makes no sense that I am so private about something so public, but people I know in real life and anonymous strangers are two very different audiences.  When anonymous strangers read my blog I still feel somewhat anonymous, but when it comes to people in real life I feel extremely exposed.  And judged.  I would much rather be judged by anonymous strangers than people I know.  I'm not going to say I don't care at all, but I certainly don't care as much about internet strangers because I didn't go to school with them, or work with them. They aren't friends with my husband and I will probably never meet them in real life.  If I ever do it would most likely be a blogger, which would make it okay because being a fellow blogger, they "get it," and we are all in it together. 

My internet presence is definitely me, but it is also kind of not me in the sense that it's the me I present to the internet.  I'm naturally a private person, but keeping the internet me and the real life me separate is what allows me to be as open as I am, which isn't even as open as a lot of other bloggers are.  I don't share deep dark secrets on the blog so it's not like I'm really hiding too much over here.  I try to stick to content I would be okay with anyone reading about, but it's way more than what I share on Facebook and it is comforting to know that people I know aren't likely to see it.  I like my quasi privacy.  There is freedom in that.

I love writing and I really love this space.  When I write a blog post I'm really proud of I am bursting to share, but the majority of the time I'm exceedingly glad that it's still my secret.  The fact that my blood runs cold any time I think I've been outed is enough to tell me that I'm not ready to share.  In a blogging world so intent on increase traffic! and get more followers! this may not be the best strategy, but I don't care.  The internet is vast and my blog isn't big enough or viral enough for someone I know to accidentally stumble upon it.  I figure if there ever comes a day where that happens then so be it, but I'm probably not going to be the one to tell.


11 comments :

Nerline Germain said...

And the look on people's face when you tell them blogging is a profession ..... LOL! I work full time, but I know people who look at blogging as a business. But unlike you, I let my friends, well family, know about my blog. I am not talking about anything they don't already know. I am sure you will do it when the moment is right.

Lauren said...

I'm a closet blogger too, mostly. I don't want to tell my family my but sister in law found out (though instagram or twitter). My two favorite coworker friends know, and I told two other coworkers but they don't care and I haven't talked about it again. Then I made friends through blogging so of course those friends know. I'm half in, I guess? I try to only post things that I wouldn't mind people reading in my personal life and nothing that I think a potential or current boss could hold against me. It's hard sometimes - total anonymity is nice!

Renae said...

I can totally relate to this, I am somewhat of a closet blogger myself-most of my family knows I blog but I always conviently forget to give or send them the link when they ask for it..and I'm ok with that. I've been blogging for years and I do it for my kids to have when they get older and I do it for myself thats it. I am on FB and IG and my family follows me on there but I do tend to keep the blogging aspect of my life a secret..I don't know why really, but I do.

P!nky said...

I am very much like you, a closet blogger. I think only ten people in my real life know about my blog, and that includes my family and none of them really read. I started it just for me but as I got to know other bloggers I realized while I wanted to keep my real name of the blog I wanted to be able to get to know people, which meant sharing more of myself. I totally agree that being judged by a stranger is way easier than being judged by a friend in real life. Knowing friends might see this scares me sometimes.

Tomes Edition said...

I was nervous initially when i first started blogging and sharing my content but i grew to love spreading the word especially if its a post i think may help someone. I only post what i'm comfortable with sharing so its no big deal who see's it. Some people ask my husband how comfy is he with "our" business being on the blog and he simply responds, its anything he will tell anyone. Instead of repeating the same story a million times, i just say read it on the blog. Hope you feel comfortable to share soon.

Gabby said...

Super closet blogger...I actually keep a book blog that I'm very public about, but my personal blog is personal. My mom reads it, and most everyone else has no idea it exists. I totally get what you mean...it's like "no, I don't want you, person in my actual life, to read the things I share with complete strangers on the internet". I do use my real name and real life details, so if someone was dedicated they could track me down, but I doubt most people care enough to do so.

Law_Fal said...

I'm kind of like you. I only share with select individuals and it was only recently that I was like yea you can make your IG public its no big deal, but I dont have my blog link shared anywhere else. Glad you blog, I love your little piece of the internet as well!

Laura Darling said...

This post and the comments are so interesting! My family and most of my friends know about my blog, but my husband's family doesn't. And I like it that way for now! :)

Kurlylicious said...

I'm a closet blogger myself. Very few friends know and I don't advertise it a lot. I have sepearate social media accounts, but don't keep up the blog accounts that often. Every year I say I'll do better.....

Amanda @ MyLifeIGuess.com said...

I am right there with you!
My immediate family knows about my blog, as well as a few friends, but otherwise, I'm in the closet. I have separate social media accounts for personal and blog, and yes - I too freaked out when something blog related was posted to my personal Facebook!
My plan/hope is that once I'm settled into a career, I'll "reveal" my secret blogging life, but who knows? I like the semi-anonymity :)

Carla said...

I'm like you in a way. I don't share my blog links/posts on my personal page and I have a separate IG account. Instagram just released a new build that allows you to toggle between different accounts. It hasn't reached me yet, but I've seen other people post about it. I like having an outlet that not too many people know about, but I think if it got out, I wouldn't care if people read it or not. I think it's because in the end, I still have control over what I share and how deep I want my posts to be. But I completely understand your logic and reasoning on your decision.

Just don't stop blogging. I like reading your posts. (:

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