Why I’m Open About Blogging

why i'm open about blogging

For as long as I can remember, I’ve told people that I blog.

Whether its friends, family, colleagues, a potential employer or just an acquaintance – chances are pretty good that I’ll mention my blog at some point. That’s not to say that I go around trying to get people to visit it. It’s to say that blogging will often come up because it feels like an extension of me.

It’s my longest standing hobby, and it’s something I feel I couldn’t be without for too long.

Even though I blog about topics such as my therapy sessions, feelings of anxiety and subjects that might be deemed as pretty personal, I made the conscious decision early on to say “fuck it, this is me and I want to share that with the Internet”. Why? Because it might help others relate…and those others don’t just have to be strangers I may never meet. They may be people who know me already.

I’m not too great at the whole talking thing. I prefer to write, even if it’s in a conversational tone. As I sit here tapping away with storm Brian as my soundtrack, I feel much more eloquent than if I was having an actual, real life conversation – even if it was with those closest to me. I can think before I type, I can frantically press the backspace if the words don’t quite come out right and I love that about blogging. It’s not “censoring”, it’s more accurately expressing myself.

It’s easier to share a blog post on my Facebook on #TimeToTalk day than it is to sit down over a cup of tea and come out and say what’s going on in my head. That may seem sad, but it’s true. I bet I’m not alone in that either.

I’m open about blogging because for me, it’s the easiest avenue to express myself. Not just on topics that aren’t always easy to talk about face to face, but even my thoughts on films, beauty products or whatever else…in blogging, I buy myself time to make my thoughts less jumbled and messy. To make them clearer, firmer and more impassioned.

The funny thing is, sometimes I forget that not everyone in my life bothers reading my blog. I share things about myself and then assume that my friends and family know. Not because I’m necessarily expecting them to read my posts, but because when I write them and press publish, it feels like I’ve released them out into the world. The problem with this is that I then might casually slip something into conversation and assume they know what I’m talking about!

I know that being public with your blog is not for everyone, and I totally get why people prefer to keep that part of themselves as private as they can through pseudonyms (*high fives self for spelling that right straight off the bat*), but for me letting anyone and everyone in my life know that I blog gives me the freedom to provide a better means for expressing myself.

And if anyone doesn’t like or, or doesn’t respect it, they aren’t worth having in my life anyway.

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8 Comments

  1. October 26, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    I definitely think it takes some courage to be open about blogging with family and friends but once you do and they are accepting it is great! Or if they’re not then I guess they’re not as important as you thought :)xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Beauty Lifestyle

    • Cat
      October 26, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Couldn’t agree more Frances! x

  2. October 26, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    100% Percent agree! I mean, I don’t tell every soul that I blog, but I do like to blog for the benefit of others as well as expressing my own opinions and emotions. I always like to turn to blogs when I need advice or help so I like to provide that for others too 🙂

    Loved this post x

    Alice // The Rose Glow

    • Cat
      October 26, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      This is exactly the same for me – I don’t shout it from the rooftops but I’ll mention it where I see fit! One of my favourite things about blogging is being able to write about the things I care about whilst helping others too! Glad you enjoyed the post x

  3. October 27, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    LOVE this post! I see so many people saying they don’t feel they can be honest and open about their blog, but I’ve always been open with it. I am just like you; I prefer to communicate in writing than talking. I like to have time to really think through what I want to say, and to edit it if it comes out all wrong. Which it usually does if I’m talking, and there’s no backspace when you’re talking! I share my blog posts on facebook for my friends and family to see. I don’t know whether they read my posts or not, but I’m not embarrassed if they do! I love my blog and I love sharing it with the world – strangers and family alike!

    • Cat
      October 29, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      Thank you! Glad you loved it! You have so eloquently explained what I tried to put across in this post lol – it is 100% about having that time to think it through…not to necessarily adapt, but to put it across in the way intended! I am pretty all over the place when I speak out loud haha. I don’t share all my posts for everyone to see on Facebook, as they have the option to like my blog’s Facebook page, but ones that I think they may find interesting/useful I will share! For example, on Time To Talk day I’ll share an MH post so people I know get an insight into my own problems so they don’t feel alone. x

  4. November 7, 2017 / 11:08 am

    I’ve never thought about it that way, I don’t tell many people about my blog because I don’t want to be questioned about it but what you’re saying makes total sense!

    • Cat
      November 7, 2017 / 5:46 pm

      Most of the time I don’t get too many questions about blogging, and it’s actually those less close to me (e.g. colleagues) that take more of an interest! I’m always happy to answer questions because I feel quite proud of the blog too.

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