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Talking about Blogging

First of all, thank
you
, each and every one of you, who responded with kind words and appropriately
directed outrage. It meant so much to me, and to all of you who shared the post
and my story, thank you, as well. Sharing and raising awareness are why I talk
and write and share my story and my experiences. So it means the world to me
that I seem to be making a difference and reaching out to people.
But today, I was really struggling with what to write about (or
last night, rather), which is why this post is a bit late. And then, this
morning, it came to me.
Blogging is a huge part of my life. I consider it a part of
my writing career. Even if I’m not working on my second novel every day, I am writing every day. It’s good practice
for me and it’s good exposure. I talk about it freely with my friends and
family, and the guiding principle behind my writing here is that it would be
totally okay if my students or school administration found it.
… or not?
But then today I realized that I kind of am hiding it. I
love Whitney’s IWYP line, but I haven’t bought a shirt from it yet. I’m not
sure if I would ever wear them (who knows why – they’re great). I’m at a
professional development training today, and we had a “getting to know you”
bingo game. One square was “someone who runs a blog or website.” Someone asked
me, and I said that I didn’t.
Why did I do that? I own up to it overall, and I own up to
it to my coworkers who are also my friends. Yet I just met a complete stranger
and I lied. Why? Isn’t the whole point for me to have an excuse to write
regularly and to possibly gain exposure for my writing and me? Then why am I hurting
those chances?
I don’t have an answer. There really isn’t one. Maybe I’m
not confident it enough about my blog and writing. I make money from blogging
and writing (not much, but some), which makes me a professional writer, so why
am I hurting my “professional” blogging integrity?

Who knows? I don’t have an answer. It’s all very meta,
talking on my blog about not talking about my blog. I think I need another diet
coke to sort all this out. In the meantime, let me know if you have some sort
of answer or idea.

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  • I know what you mean. We have a tendency to downplay our accomplishments when we shouldn't. I'm waiting for a IWYP shirt that I want and I'll probably get one. I'm still in the blog closet with everyone except 1 friend and a few family members that actually have the link. I don't hide the fact that I blog but I don't plan on giving out the link.

  • I can totally relate. I haven't even told some of my closest friends that I have a blog. I agree with Cece, I think we are just not overzealous when it comes to sharing something that is very personal to us, kind of like a well-kept secret. Loved this post!

  • I agree and have definitely done the same thing. I think there's a bit of a negative stereotype about bloggers, which sometimes keeps me from revealing that I blog… Even though my friends and family are supportive, I don't like being judged or categorized by strangers. Great post, I'm glad I'm not alone in this feeling!
    -Christine
    Thehitchcockiancockatoo.blogspot.com

  • I completely understand where you are coming from. When my friend posted about my blog on Facebook I got really nervous because I don't talk about it. In a place where you don't feel judged, you feel judged. When I talk to strangers I will mention my blog, because they dont know me. Its a weird cycle we are in!

    xo. Kailagh

  • I'm actually more comfortable telling strangers than people I am friends with. It makes me feel so awkward when I find out someone I know has read my blog. Crazy, I know. After all, I put it out there.

    • I'm the same way! I love when I hear people I know have tried my recipes, but I still feel a tinge of self-consciousness. Is it that a blog only is a facet of our lives and when someone who knows everything comes in it feels almost, invasive? I've been trying to figure it out.

  • I understand. I haven't even told most of my friends and family that I blog :/ It can be intimidating.