Do you freak out every time your real life friends/acquaintances read your blog? BECAUSE I AM! :’) This is the topic that I’ve been thinking about a lot but never thought to create an actual post. I’ve been blogging for over 8 months and I’m never trying to be secretive about it, YET I STILL FEEL WEIRD EVERY TIME SOMEONE SAYS HE/SHE READS MY BLOG :’)
The first time this happened was when two of my uni friends followed my blog and commented on my blog. Back then, this wasn’t even a book blog, it’s just a blog of random stuffs I feel like writing. So, yeah, no big deal. The second time was when I’d been seriously blogging for a few months. A friend of mine gave me flowers and a note on my graduation day and he basically told me to keep working on my blog because I was good at it. The third time was when my high school friend and cousin messaged me to ask for some blogging tips and tricks.
The whole time these things happened, my first thought was ‘they read my blog!!?’ and my second thought was ‘THEY READ MY BLOG?!!!’. My third thought was that I was pleased to see them think I’m good at it 😛
Come to think of it, this shouldn’t be a surprise anymore. I mean, I put the link to my blog absolutely everywhere and I regularly share my posts on my personal twitter and facebook account. It’s natural if one or two of my friends actually click it (otherwise it’ll be a pointless promotion anyway). But still, I’m surprised every time this happens. I’M FREAKING OUT TBH. I wonder why…
I guess deep down, I don’t actually expect them to? I mean, I know I put the link everywhere but I assume most people aren’t interested in reading a 1500-words post about my favorite tropes in fantasy. I assume they just skip it when I share anything bookish related.
So… yes, I’m surprised to see people actually make the time to read my posts 😛
I might be a tiny bit afraid people would think I’m weird… Back in high school (or junior school? I can’t recall), there was this really quiet person who talked a lot on her blog. It was like she had different real life and blogging personality (which was okay) and people talked about her. They made fun of her and all that stuffs. I didn’t, but I admit that I thought it was sort of… weird. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t think like that anymore!! I was a child back then, what did I know anyway? 😛 so naturally, there’s still that little part of me who’s afraid of people’s judgement.
Because chances are, I’m probably (aka most definitely) weirder than they thought :’)
I don’t know if it’s just me but I feel like people don’t appreciate book bloggers as much as they do fashion/beauty/lifestyle bloggers. From what I see, people consider a fashion blogger as someone cool and fancy while book bloggers are considered as geek and weird. I might be a bit sad because of this </3
DISCLAIMER: I’m talking about ME, my reasons of why I think I shouldn’t be reaking out so this may or may not be applied to you 🙂
I never try to hide my weirdness. All humans who know me must acknowledge my obsession with books and reading. I read all the time, talk about it all the time, and I even tell them to read what I read. It’s not like I’m secretly doing something behind people’s back anyway. Besides, my family and close friends had had to deal with my absurdities all the time. They won’t bat an eye on my weirdness anymore 😛
My real life and blogging personality is identical. Seriously, this is how I talk in real life. I’m as loud, as friendly, and as enthusiastic about everything as I am here, except that I talk in Bahasa instead of English. BUT, this doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with people having different personality in real life and on the internet. THERE’S NOT. I’ve come to learn that everyone has their own comfort zone and maybe some people prefer real life conversation, some others prefer writing and interacting through the internet, and the rests are simply comfortable in both.
Everyone has their own passion. I don’t think there’s a better passion than the other, be it fashion or books, passion is passion. As long as it’s not destructive. Also, people keep telling us to find our passion and I found mine. Writing and blogging is my passion and this blog is my place to channel it all ♥
And just as everyone has their own passion, everyone also has their own weirdness. Seriously, no people is completely normal. Everybody must have that little geeky and weird sides that we might or might not know! My brother likes to go to some far-away cities to take photos of trains. People think it’s weird, but who am I to judge? I take pictures of books with a bunch of props 😛
All my reasons, if they applied to you, ++++
Like I said, everyone has their own weirdness. For all you know, those people who read your blog probably have some weirder obsessions than you do. Carry on.
You are good at what you do. Seriously, people love your blog, your writing, your recommendations, you have privillege to read ARCs, authors and publishers all talking to you, be PROUD! ♥♥♥
And as long as you enjoy it, don’t spend your time worrying about what people have to say, because guess what? It’s your life. I found my place, my community, I found people who share the same passions and I’m just going to enjoy it 😀
LET’S TALK! (1) Do your friends and family regularly read your blog? If they do, would you (A) feel proud, or (B) freak out? 😛 (2) How do you react if someone walk up to you and say ‘hey I read your blog’? Seriously, I’m curious because I’m always speechless and feel weird every time this happens. (3) Share me your reasons of why we shouldn’t be freaking out and be proud instead! ♥
You could also ignore my questions and tell me anything though, I’d love to hear your thoughts! 😀
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