When I started blogging, my plan was to keep it a secret. My blog was for me, more than anyone else. I did tell my husband, but even then, I didn’t tell him the address (and he’s not that computer savvy to go looking). I would tease him that anything bad he did would go straight in the blog and he would tease me about blogging.
But, as my blog grew and I got some followers I really like the idea of the “blogging community”. After all, one of the reasons I started my blog was to help others in similar situations, and you can’t do that if no one reads it.
I thought long and hard about sharing my blog and decided to stick with the blogging community. In my case, my work is very political and I have dealt with social media issues before so it is in my best interest the two never converge. Sounds easy, but it’s not. Since I spend about 50 hours a week there when I am working I have a lot of primary and secondary connections with people there so keeping them apart has been tricky.
However, if it were up to me I’d shout it from the rooftop. I am very proud of my blog and what it has become. I put a lot of thought and work into it, and I’d hate for that to go to waste. I assumed everyone would want the same.
I was wrong.
In passing, I have heard from three other bloggers who are “in the closet”. It got me thinking, how many of us are out there? What are the reasons for staying in the closet? Will we ever come out?
One of the bloggers I spoke to, who I think is the bees knees said she was worried people will judge her. At first I thought that was a little farfetched but then this week has literally been one web related disaster after another, so I totally understand where she is coming from. Up until now most of my problems have come from other social media outlets and my blog was my bubble. Bubbles always burst.
I have made the leap to Twitter and Facebook, but I am still cautious. Everyday I reconsider my decisions about keeping things private. When it comes to things like this life has taught me that if you have to think about it that much, you shouldn’t do it.
So, if you are okay with it, please take part in the poll, and let’s see how many of us are out there. If you would like, comment as to why.