I’ve had a few posts about making bookish friends in real life, or how to balance real life and reading/blogging, but have always seemed to neglect this discussion post. It wasn’t until I posted a discussion about friending and following people on Twitter and Goodreads that I had a few questions come up from readers:
It seems that we’re all fine talking about blogging with other bloggers, but when it comes to our real life, do we talk about blogging with our family and friends? Do our family and friends check out the blog and comment? Or are we stuck in our own little world of blogging, where it’s only acceptable to talk about blogging with other bloggers?
I am a HUGE reader. I can talk about reading with anyone, even if it makes me come across as a crazy person. My husband isn’t even a reader and I’ll go off on tangents about books to him while he gives me that “You’re so pretty” look. But when it comes to blogging, I don’t talk to him too much about it. I’ll mention things I have on the go, or posts I have to write, or maybe talk about a review book I have to read, but I don’t expect him to check out the blog. I think the only time he’s seen it was when I was redoing the design and the header and I showed him the final product. To me, it’s not something I expect from him.
The same goes for family and friends. Of course, it would be AWESOME to have family and friends check out the blog, comment on posts, or pick up books based on my recommendations, but it still seems like something so new – something that I just don’t talk about. I know blogging has been around for a long time, but sometimes it seems like other people view blogging as throwing your personal life out there for all the world to see (something I’m used to, being a musician and all), but when it comes to book blogging, it’s more about sharing a love of reading with people. Surely, these are two different things right? Continue reading