I’m a pretty private person. I don’t like telling my own friends everything that happens in my day-to-day life, let alone strangers on the internet who can’t see me and have no idea who I am in real life. It took me a couple of years of book blogging to use my actual name, rather than my “internet name,” Lia, which I still use for some accounts. I have a Twitter account for this blog and a personal Twitter, and I recently just created a new Instagram account for this blog because my last name is part of my username for my personal account and I didn’t want to link personal things with my real life friends up with my blog.
Why is getting personal on my blog just so hard for me?
There are some people who are fine with using their personal accounts for their blogs, complete with real-life family members and last names and pictures of everything going on in their life in such. As long as they’re safe (i.e. don’t post their personal address, phone number, or social security number or something like that), there’s not really anything wrong with that – so, again, why can’t I do this?!
There are lots of times that I want to post a picture in the hopes that I can get an ego boost with some nice comments or simply to put a face to everything I do here! I know it’s nice knowing what all of my favorite bloggers look like because they seem more like real people (which, of course, they are, but you know what I mean, right?), but I have trouble doing that for myself!
It seems that with every passing month I feel my fear and resistance toward posting pictures weakening, but it’s still a big conflict for me.
Putting yourself out there can be quite terrifying. I definitely feel like I can be myself more on my blog than I can with my family and friends that simply don’t love reading as much as I do (or read a whole lot less), but putting your personality and passion into your blog is one thing – putting your face on it as well is a little more worrisome, or at least it is for me.
I think the fact that I don’t live near nor have interacted with many bloggers regularly is another reason why I don’t feel as much of a need to post my picture. If I went to things like BEA or was part of a book club with some other bloggers, I would probably want to post pictures since I would truly feel like a part of the book blogging community.
Does anyone else feel like this? If you have any advice, I’d definitely appreciate it! Is there a point where you’re getting too personal, or is protecting your personal details (you know, address and such) the most and only important thing?