I am often surprised by the amount of bloggers who have friends and family that aren’t aware of the very time-consuming hobby that they have. It can seem strange to keep it a secret, but in reality, the opportunity to talk about blogging rarely comes up in conversation. On the other hand, family and friends can be the biggest support and encouragement when it comes to blogging.
So what should you do? Is there one clear answer? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of telling people about your blog.
Personally, I have told all of my close friends and family that I blog. It definitely makes it easier to explain what I’m doing when I’m tapping away at the keyboard and talking to a camera in the evening!
- Friends and family will be your biggest cheerleaders. They will read every. single. post. Trust me. They’ll also comment on everything on Facebook and tell their friends about it at the pub/in knitting class/at work, so it will greatly improve your readership.
- Their thoughtful inquiries into how blogging is going will light up your mood. A friend referencing a post that you wrote a few weeks ago is bound to make you smile.
- They watch out for typos and tell you about them. My friends from uni are my own personal proof-reading squad.
- It’s a great way to keep distant friends and family up-to-date. I don’t always have time to let everyone know what I’m up to, but they can check my blog to see photos from the places I’ve been to that week.
- You might feel like you can’t share everything. Now that your grandma is hanging onto your every word, it’s time to start thinking more about what you’re saying. (hi grandparents!)
- A blog can feel like your own personal space to share your thoughts and opinions, and you may subconsciously tone it down when you know lots of your loved ones are watching.
- Sometimes it’s nice to be anonymous. You can be who you really are without needing to worry about being judged.
- Blogging is a hobby that is very visible. Other people may be amazing at sports, music or acting in their spare time, but that isn’t broadcast on the internet. Everyone can see your trials and tribulations as a blogger.
How should you tell people that your blogging?
I started a Facebook page for my blog and shared it with all my friends on social media. Don’t forget to go all the way and start inviting people, too. Then they can chose to like the page and get regular updates. If they aren’t bothered, then they don’t have to see posts from you in future. This is a great way to rip off the plaster quickly and make everyone aware at the same time. It’s much easier than telling people one by one. You might be surprised by the number of people that mention it next time they see you. It’s always lovely to have people showing an interest.
Have you told your friends and family that you’re a blogger? Do you wish you had chosen the other option? Let me know in the comments!