I Didn’t Share My Blog With Family Or Friends
You’re probably going to think I’m totally weird and maybe even kinda crazy, but my friends and family have no clue I blog! I started blogging about 6 months ago, and I’ve been keeping it a secret from my family and friends ever since!
I didn’t really intend to keep my blog a secret, at least not for this long. When I started this blog, the learning curve was (and still kinda is) so steep that I wanted to get it up and running smoothly before I revealed it to anyone I knew. But, I became so comfortable being able to share whatever I wanted without fear. I can’t explain it, but it’s much easier to share with total strangers from around the world than it is to share some personal stories with my closest friends and family. That and the fact that I didn’t think they would understand. There’s a misconception about blogging… that it’s just a hobby or that it’s for beauty and fashion gurus or Youtubers! Or that you’re just doing it because you want to be famous and then when you don’t become famous you look like a big failure… But this isn’t the case for me!
Why I Started To Blog
I started this blog for a school project, and quickly realized how much I missed writing. Ideas started flowing and whispers (okay more like screams from spammy Pinterest links) of how to make money blogging filled my head. So I got to work. But before I shared with anyone I knew, I wanted my blog to come across as well-established. I didn’t want the added pressure of failing in front of everyone I knew. If I was gonna ‘fail’ I would rather do it in private. I had no idea where this blog was going, or what it was going to be. So I blogged in private-ish, sharing it only with strangers… some of which I even consider friends now thanks to The Secret Tribe and Bloggers Traffic Community!
Why I Kept My Blog Secret From My Family And Friends
Fear! Fear that they would judge me, that they would think I was silly for starting a blog as a career path, or worse… that I would fail in front of everyone! I thought most people wouldn’t understand what I was trying to do with this blog. I decided to keep it to seperate from them, until I reached my goals so I don’t have the added pressure to get there! I’m sure this doesn’t make sense to a lot of people, because family and friends are there to support you… but for someone with anxiety, it’s not always looked at like that. As irrational as it may sound, I hope some of you feel the same way!
How I Kept My Blog A Secret From My Family And Friends
This part was surprisingly easy. I’m in school for social media marketing, so I’m on my computer a lot anyway. And, I’ve used this blog as a few school assignments so that also made it easy. I don’t have an instagram for this site, but I do for tenthingsabout.com, you can follow me here Ten_Things_About. As you can see, I don’t have any personal photos on there. I also have a twitter account for Steph’s Social Pie, but I make sure no family or friends or even friends of friends are on there! I have a pretty good reach on Pinterest currently, but keep in underwraps from anyone I know. I even went as far as blocking a few people from Pinterest for now, just until I’m ready to reveal. As I recently launched a few other niche blogs, one a very localized blog, I understand I will be found. My local site- Discoverniagarawithme.com it’s getting local hits because it ranks on the first page of Google search already, being a very niche blog. Someone searching for a local festival or restaurant might see my site, which I want, but not yet. Not until it’s a little more established. It only has a handful of articles but I’m building it up.
How Do I Tell My Family And Friends About My Blog?
I plan to do a little reveal around my one year blogiversary. I want to create a Facebook page for Steph’s Social Pie, and Discover Niagara With Me, so I need to tell everyone before I launch that. I will do both at the same time, I think. But for now, I’m still growing as a blogger. I feel so much more confident in my blogging abilities now than I did 6 months ago, obviously. I don’t think they’ll be shocked because I was a writer for nearly 10 years. In fact, many people have even said why don’t you start a blog Steph? So why am I so afraid? I mean part of me sees a lot of support, but there’s still that little (big) part of me that fears judgement and failure. Writing for established publications was different. I didn’t have to explain myself or my job. I think there’s a misconception around blogging, that it’s just a hobby or I just sit around and write about beauty or fashion… which is fine btw but there are so many other bloggers out there! Like me:)
I have no regrets about keeping my blog a secret, and I’m actually really glad I did. I look back at when I first started, and I have come so far but I’m not quite where I need to be yet. I think I would have struggled a lot more in the beginning if I had the additional pressure of everyone I know watching. So for now, it’s just me and you! And, it’s our little secret:)