To my lovely readers who don’t actually run their own blog: I sincerely apologise that today’s post might not be something you relate to. But PLEASE, you’re very welcome to read and input if you have anything to say. It’d actually be quite interesting to have an outside view too 🙂 Satisfy our curiosity, dear ones.
As for you fellow bloggers…
Did you shudder then? Does the term “blogger” make you cringe in that my-spine-is-actually-trying-to-bend-backwards way? Or do you jump to the word and shout YES THAT IS I and hope to get it on a pin one day?
Admittedly, I’ve been both. I’ve seen both sides. Or rather, I’ve seen every side. Because situations change and we change as people and it’s just…actually quite complicated.
So let’s talk!
I mean, I’ve been through the notions.
Starting up my blog and for the first few months after, I was…kind of embarrassed, admittedly. I didn’t read blogs beforehand, and all I’d heard of them were from those *ahem* crappy “news” articles online you see every now and again that doesn’t outright show bloggers in a bad way, but always seems to portray them as a teen girl sat in her bedroom writing her heart out about pointless things to a bunch of other teenagers. No one takes them seriously, and so I felt a bit silly throwing myself into that.
And so I was very reluctant to tell people about my project to start a blog. I was sure if people heard of it, they’d sort of just plaster a fake smile on their face while actually thinking “really?”
But we’ll come back to that.
We bloggers actually tend to be split on this.
Do you tell people you know in real life about your blog?
For me, at first, it was just a friend thing. The couple of friends I have are readers too and so they get how I can talk about books every day of the week. Other people…not so much.
While I didn’t hide the fact that I run a blog, I wouldn’t originally shout it from the rooftops either. Over time, people do generally know that this blog exists. Mainly through college. My final project – which is currently in progress – is to create a website & content relating to one subject. Surprise surprise, I chose to write about books and publishing.
First came the tutor asking how I can possibly write multiple articles about books. How could I possibly make videos about them? And what would I do for photographs? Within one lesson, I had to let my tutor (and no doubt the classmates surrounding who overheard) know about not only my blog, but my youtube and bookstagram too. I had to clue them into the online book community.
Then came the tech tutor, who was quite baffled by the fact that I knew what sort of design my website would have, despite there being a limited amount of websites dedicated to books to gain inspiration from. Once again, I had to show this tutor my blog, just to prove that I do in fact know what I’m doing.
They seem to have a real problem with just believing me, right?
But the point is, it’s not exactly a hidden fact that I run a blog and booktube channel. In fact, I’ve had multiple people from school message me to say they read/watch my content, which blows my mind because I was far from popular. How do people find out?
Well like I said, I don’t hide it. Within seconds, you could find my blog, booktube, twitter, instagram, goodreads and probably more. Everything’s linked.
Why am I telling this story? I know, it’s long-winded. BUT this was the point I realised that I don’t actually care anymore if people know about my blog or not. I’m proud of this little network I’ve built.
And the point from earlier? The one I was coming back to?
Yes, I am everything those crappy news articles say. I am a 19 year old girl, sat in my bedroom, typing away at my laptop about my love for books. Fangirling.
But…how is that a bad thing? I am EXACTLY that, and yet I manage to talk to people all over the world. From my bedroom, I can encourage people to read books and create art. This little teenager, who has a silly little hobby, has brought a community of readers together, getting more people to chat and love books, has worked with publishers and authors to promote books and ultimately, has turned her lifelong passion for reading into something worthwhile. Of course, I might sound egotistical for saying that, for blowing it up that much. But how could I NOT be proud of that?
So I will shout about it. I will let everyone know this blog exists, my youtube exists, because so what if people judge? I know for a fact that people might find the online book community a bit bizarre, but for those who are part of it – myself included – it’s so important. And I am here for that.
Now it’s your turn!
Do you wear your blogger status proudly?
Do you have a story similar to mine, where your attitude towards it changed over time?
If you don’t tell people about you blog, why? Would the people around you not understand?
Or have you always proudly shown your blog?
Tell your story in the comments!
Until next time…
Come and visit me!