I've been blogging for a little over four years now so quite a lot of my friends and family now know about my blog but in the beginning it was something i was very wary of sharing with people. I recently read Gemma's post about Blog Confidence and decided to throw my two cents in.
I completely understand why people fear sharing their blog with others, when i first started i didn't tell anyone. I didn't think anyone would understand it and that they'd think i was weird, so i kept it to myself as long as possible - it was my little corner of the website and i didn't want anyone ruining it for me.
It was only when i started to get a little serious about my blog and found a girl on my uni course who was also blogging that i told her i blogged too, it was really nice to have someone to talk to about it who understood it. Sadly, she doesnt blog anymore but i honestly believe it's down to her that i started to take my blog seriously and continued with it.
Eventually, i told my sister and my mum and a few of my friends and you know what? None of them thought i was weird at all, in fact they were quite impressed. My mum even told all her friends about it. Some people don't understand it completely, like my Nan - she just doesnt understand what a blog is but that doesnt stop her from being interested in it and asking me how it's going.
So far, people have always reacted so kindly to my blog and it honestly makes me even prouder of it, i still find it weird when people ask me about it. A while ago on a night out, a guy i was out with who i didn't know all that well at the time started asking me about my blog (i hadn't mentioned it to him, but he follows me on twitter) and it completely caught me off guard but it really amazed me how interested he was.
I also have it written on the bottom of my CV, this isn't essential thing to do but it did prove to be something interesting to talk about in a job interview and whilst it wasn't applicable to the job i was applying for it did mean that one of my collegues often asked me for make up recommendations, which was really nice. I also know of bloggers who have got a job because of their blogs and exactly as Gemma said in her post, when people know about your blog you don't have to be shady about how you're spending your time, and they understand why you're always taking photos of random things. (i.e your food)
To be honest, my friends tell others about it more than i do. There has been many occasions when make up comes up into conversation and my friends will tell someone that i blog and that i sometimes get sent stuff because of it and it's always interesting to see their reaction and pretty much everytime its happened the person has been interested - in fact, ive never had someone sneer or think it's weird at least not to my face. The only place i choose not to advertise my blog is on Facebook because i find it a little uncomfortable know that people i know will be reading it.
Choosing whether to tell people about your blog is definitely your choice, it's not easy but people are alot more understanding about it especially nowadays because blogging is a little bit more well known. I'm really glad people know about my blog now, i feel it's made a big difference - help is available when i need but i also like that people do take an interest in something that i'm so proud of.
Personally, i don't shout about my blog from the rooftops but i don't deny it's existence if people ask me about it either.
Do you tell me people about your blog?