I’ve been thinking more about this lately, since I’ve started one of my summer jobs. Part of what I do for this job is introducing exchange students to campus. When I meet the students for the first time, one of the icebreaker topics that often comes up is our hobbies and interests.
Sometimes, I’ll say that I like reading a lot and that I have a goal to finish 75 books this year, but I never tell them about my book blog, even though it’s been a hobby I’ve really enjoyed for the past year.
I was thinking about why this is, and honestly, it boils down to one problem:
I feel awkward sharing the content of my blog
I’m pretty open about my love of reading and I haven’t gone out of my way to hide that I like genres like romance and cozy mysteries, but I am reluctant to share some of my specific reading habits.
I definitely feel uncomfortable talking about my blog at my job. I know my coworkers and the students wouldn’t be against me sharing a hobby like blogging, but what if they asked for my URL? What if they decided to read my blog? What if they read the reviews for some of the steamier books I’ve read?
Yeah…. nope. I feel like that could turn into a real awkward conversation, real fast. Better stick to safer work topics, like just talking about reading in general or my interest in podcasts or something.
Also, I see my blog as a space where I can express myself fairly freely. I worry that I’d be more self-conscious about what I share if I knew that people in real life were reading my blog and potentially judging me. It’s a bit weird considering this blog is public and available for the whole world to see if they find it, but I feel like I’d get extra self-conscious if I knew someone in real life was reading this.
Do you tell people you know about your book blog? Why or why not?
Any fun stories of people finding out you’re a book blogger? (Nothing embarrassing I hope!)