I’ve been blogging for about five months now, and I’ve told very few people who know me in person about my blog. I’m not sure why this is, except I just haven’t felt ready to make a big announcement. I’ve read about other bloggers who invite their friends to subscribe or share their blog posts and have just heard…crickets. Also, I’ll just be very candid here, if my blog is a huge failure, I can just quietly discontinue and very few people (except my immediate family and one very loyal cousin) will ever know.
Now, please understand, if someone were to come up to me and ask, “Do you write a blog?” I would certainly respond, “Yes, I do.” I’m proud to be part of the blogging community. I just feel that it would be too much pressure right now to reveal myself as a blogger to most of the people who know me personally. I’ve intentionally strived to remain a secret blogger, and I’ve also reaped some great benefits from my blogging so far. Here are my secret blogger confessions. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone.
Secret Blogger Confession #1: It’s Still a Secret From My Friends
I have managed to keep my blog a secret from my friends by signing up for social media accounts under the name of my blog, Fluxing Well, rather than my own name. The one exception is Facebook, because I had to use my regular account and just create a business page for Fluxing Well. Admittedly, this has been a little inconvenient. I now belong to a great group of bloggers who comment and tweet about each other’s posts. I wish I could comment as Fluxing Well, but I have to comment with my personal name. As a secret blogger, I have to be very careful not to comment on personal family or friend posts with my blog identity. I slipped up once, and one of my good friends picked up on it. She ended up liking my Facebook page, but has kept my secret. Whew!
Secret Blogger Confession #2: I Haven’t Told My Coworkers
I’ve kept my blog a secret from my coworkers. Only two people at work know I am a secret blogger. One person I had to tell because I wrote a blog post about her hobby. The other person was a beta tester for my affiliate links to see if they were actually working as they should. Other than that, no one knows, and that’s probably a good thing. I don’t want my blog to be blamed if I am distracted by thoughts of post content, SEO, graphic design and other blogging issues. Even though I try to integrate my work (which I love) with some of my blog posts, I just feel better about continuing to be a school librarian/secret blogger for now.
Secret Blogger Confession #3: My Parents Don’t Even Know
I haven’t felt the moment was right to tell my parents. I’m just not sure how to work it into the conversation. “Hey, I have a blog!” just seems a bit abrupt. Also, I would not want them to read my blog just out of obligation. Of course they would be kind, but would they really be interested in what I write about?
I think I’ve just realized why I am a secret blogger. All of the people who follow Fluxing Well on social media or who have subscribed to my blog have done so because they are really interested in what I write. No one is following me out of obligation. The invitations and opportunities that have come my way as part of my Fluxing Well blog have been offered to me out of a genuine appreciation for what I am doing. That has been my goal all along, to reach people and have a positive impact in some small way upon the lives of others. So, if you are reading this, thank you for your interest and support. It means a lot.
Should I Reveal My Secret Blog Identity?
Thank you for reading my secret blogger confessions. I feel much better now. What do you think? If you are a fellow blogger, have you shared your blog with your family and friends? Should I be brave and start telling people? I seriously value your opinions and would appreciate your thoughts.
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