Beyond The Books – Do People Know You Blog?

Posted February 11, 2016 by Kathy in Discussion / 16 Comments

Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by which gives bloggers topics (mostly non-bookish) to discuss about. This is a fun way of learning more about each other. Check out her blog for the schedule of topics.

This week’s topic is:

Do people in your real life know you blog?


Only a few people in my “real life” know about my blog. These are my family and close friends. Since my blog is primarily about books I don’t know that many people that read as much as I do or read the same genres. When I first started my blog I was really excited and shared the news with a lot of people. But after getting so many confused or uninterested reactions I decided to only share my blog with booklovers.




My husband and daughters support me and understand that blogging takes time. They are occupied with their own interests (like video games or reading) so I do have guilt free “me” time to read and blog. Since my daughters also read we often tell each other when we find a really good book, so it’s great to have this connection with my teenagers.

Now it is your turn. Do people in your real life know about your blog?


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16 responses to “Beyond The Books – Do People Know You Blog?

    • Kathy

      I understand how you feel. I like keeping this to myself only until I meet people that love reading as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by Nick!

  1. When I started out, I didn’t tell anyone and I actually still try not to tell anyone. I have a feeling I’d get a lot of funny looks from my family. However, as it happens, when I go out with friends and they ply me with alcohol, I appear to have a very annoying habit of telling anyone that listens. On the plus side, my close family still have no clue that I blog and I want to keep it that way.

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    • Kathy

      I think most of my family forgot about my blog which is ok since they wouldn’t like the books I read. I’m fine with not that many people knowing about this. Thanks Lauren for stopping by!

  2. That’s a great question. Since I’ve been blogging for 7 years pretty much everyone knows. Before I went from stay-at-home-mom to work-at-home-mom it was how I kept something meaningful for myself going. I treated it like a part-time job. So when my friends or family would talk about work I’d often talk about the blog. Very few of them visit or look at it but they know it’s a meaningful part of who I am. I can’t imagine hiding it from people but I have definitely experienced the raised eyebrows when a kid’s teacher or doctor or friend of a friend over it before. lol

    In fact, I was picking up scrapbook paper on sale the other day to use for bookstagramming and the lady asked if I was a card maker or scrapbooker and when I told her neither because I was using them as backgrounds for instagramming books she got really quiet and gave me a look like I was a moron and breaking some unspoken rule of how one uses paper. lol

    • Kathy

      It’s good to know that I’m not alone with the weird looks. That is funny you mention the scrapbook paper. I was at the fabric store and got some swatches to use for my Instagram. The cashier asked if I was making a quilt and I told her that I was using it for taking photos. She gave me that “how interesting” look and ended the conversation lol.

    • Kathy

      It is great to have that connection and I see it’s the same with you and your daughter. Some of my family come to me for book suggestions so that does feel good =)

  3. I’m kinda the same. Even though most people in my life know I blog, there aren’t a ton of people to talk books with, so that’s where having the blog comes in very handy. 🙂 And while some people come by to take a look, I don’t think they’re regular visitors or anything. 🙂 And I kinda like it that way- like a lot of bloggers have said, it’s nice to have something that’s personal and yet other people around the world share.

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    • Kathy

      I agree! I’m fine that people in my life don’t care about my blog since I’ve met a lot of great people online that do =)

    • Kathy

      Isn’t it sad that we all don’t know that many people who read like we do? They are missing out lol. Thanks Katherine for stopping by!

    • Kathy

      The book blogging community is amazing so I’m fine with no one in my real life caring about my blog. They are all missing out on all the great books we get to read =)…Thanks Eva for stopping by!

  4. OOh! That is basically like me with my daughter. At one point I thought she might want to blog some reviews since we are always talking about books. She is like way too busy with school and stuff, though. So glad I don’t have that on my plate. Just work. And raising 4 kids. And trying to keep the fire going with my Miguel, paying taxes and balancing my budget. lol

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    • Kathy

      All that is very important so your plate is full lol. I’ve been thinking about how to get my girls involved on my blog too but we can’t agree on anything lol. But I’ll keep trying. Thanks Karen!