Should I share my blog with my family, friends or colleagues? To date my blog and running has been a secret from family and friends. Actually, it is impossible to hide my running from my colleagues since there are no secrets in small town Ibri where I live and work. Everyone knows I run and although they may think I am crazy they don’t openly voice this opinion.
When I view other blogs I notice that some have many members, lots of comments, and most likely many views and I wonder how many of these people the blog writers actually know. How many are friends, colleagues, family or complete strangers? At present, I have over 60 blog followers but the only one I personally know is my husband. He had no choice. I signed him up myself. Moreover, he has to read my blog entries because I give him a little quiz after I publish something. (No matter what – I will always have at least one view for whatever I publish.)
By now, you are probably wondering why I haven’t shared my running and blog with anyone I know. Well, first of all, when I mentioned to my family, friends and a couple of colleagues that I decided to train for a 5K race and that I was documenting this for the entire world to read I was met with some strange looks and discouraging comments. For example: Don’t’ you have anything else to do! You are too old to start running. Who cares what you do in your free time? Who would read your blog? You should take a writing course first.
After initial reactions to my running and blog idea I decided to do it just for myself and not tell anyone. My family and friends are all non-runners so they would not have any interest in my ups and downs in my new life as a runner. To keep my blog a secret I didn’t announce it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media websites.
In the beginning, no one read my blog or left comments and I was quite happy. I would check my blog statistics and be relieved that the numbers were low. The first few months of blogging were quite stressful because of the fear that someone I knew (acquaintance, colleague, or relative) would discover my blog. If they accidentally stumbled on my blog while surfing the Internet they might think I lost my mind. Worse yet, this might result in some gossip in the workplace or my village. What if they shared it with others and I suddenly became the laughing-stock of the office or my hometown.
So, what is the purpose of maintaining a blog? It is to share life events with family and friends, meet new people, find like-minded people, become popular, promote a personal agenda, seek encouragement from strangers, offer advice to others, share ideas and opinions on topics you care about? Or is it to find readers, obtain more views, improve writing, learn technology skills or get freshly pressed?
My answer is simple. Having a blog is a chance for sharing anything you feel positive about. Although a blog requires time – writing, editing, updating, taking photos, deleting spam and answering comments it provides a digital record of your life.
What do you think? Should I share my blog with family, friends or colleagues?