Here's a discussion post for all you bloggers out there. Non-bloggers are welcome to join in on the convo too.
How open are you about your blog to people in your "real life"? Does everyone know? Or is your blog just for the blogosphere? Or perhaps you are selective about who knows about your blog?
I would say that about 80% of my close friends in real life know about my blog. I know that maybe only three read it on a regular basis, and the rest check in now and then. Sometimes I'll stumble across someone who reads my blog more than I think they do. I'll launch into a story and they'll be like "yah, I read about it on your blog" and I'll reply "oh" and then an awkward silence will follow 'cuz there's nothing left to say and one of us will have to find a new topic of conversation.
Who doesn't know about my blog? Well, basically anyone who I've met from work. When I started my blog, it was no biggie. I wasn't close friends with anyone from work, and I don't like the idea of work and blogging mixing. But now it's kind of weird 'cuz I am very close friends with several people at work and I find it strange that they don't know about my blog. I guess really it only comes up when I'm off visiting a blog friend in a fun location (Texas, the UK) and they are like "oh how do you know this person?" and I mumble something lame but not exactly a lie in response. Like, oh, I met her when she was visiting a mutual friend here and we hit it off and now look! We are pals! Totally a half-truth, ha-ha.
And then comes to the topic of new people I meet: when or do I tell them about the blog? The irony of my life is that any new people that I meet tend to be from:
a) work (so no blog talk);
b) through mutual non-work friends (no problem talking about the blog...); or
c) through the blog so obviously they know.
And of course, before blog talk comes up, a certain level of friendship has to be reached, and I find most of my close friends are old friends anyway. It's rare that I strike up a really close friendship with a "new" person. (Hmmm, am I actually xenophobic? That's a post for another day!)
However, sometimes a different scenario comes up, and I have to think, hmmm, when or do I bring up that I'm a blogger? It's not that there is anything wrong at all with blogging, it's just there's five years of my life up here, and it's a pretty overwhelming thing to tell someone about. What if they read it and think differently about me? However, blog-Christielli is just as mothereffing cool/nerdy as real-life Christielli, so why would I be worried? There aren't any secrets here, but just a lot of thoughts, I suppose.
So anyway, what are everyone else's blog-disclosure policies?
p.s. Post title comes from a song from Hannah Georgas' new album "This Is Good" which is lives up to its name.