- Wednesday, 7 October 2015 -

Telling Your Friends About Your Blog

Hello my lovelies! Growing up there was a gaping hole in my life, with friends pursuing sport, music, drama and art, I felt barren in my achievements. I looked on with green eyes as friends would gush about their array of medals, trophies and awards, completely bewildered over how someone could keep their studies-to-hobbies ratio balanced (all the while battling through puberty and teenagerism? Pffft, come on!). It wasn't until I got cosy on this little corner of the internet where I began to feel that I'd finally found 'my thing'.

For the longest time, my mum was my blog's biggest (and only) fan, apart from sharing snippets here and there of blogposts on Twitter - a social platform that the majority of my friends refrain from having - blogging remained one of those things that only celebrities and fashion companies kept. However, as I began to promote more posts on the likes of a more universally used platform like Instagram, messages began to trickle in from friends and family alike.

In this internet-dominated era of 2015, blogging still remains a hobby shrouded in mystery to the general public. I get quizzed a lot about what exactly it is I write about on this little blog 'o mine, to which I answer: "anything and everything." As my blog began to gain more momentum in my social circles, I did find it difficult opening up and discussing more sensitive topics, such as my mental health and past experiences with bullying. I was afraid of what people would say, imagining a tidal wave of whispers behind my back, judging me for being so candid. 

The reality however, turned out to be quite the opposite. Not only was there support flooding in from friends and family, but even people whom I'd went to school with were taking the time to send me their kind words, it was a really humbling feeling. I guess it's because nothing fun or out of the ordinary ever happens back in the little town where I grew up, so seeing someone really relish in doing something different can bring confidence to those wanting to do something different with their lives too.

Now, when I'm home and visiting friends their questions go something like this: "So how's university? How's your other half? How's the blog?" And I can't begin to tell you how elated I am that they now recognise this little corner of the web as being part of my life! It now feels good being able to let your hair down and go into crazy photographer mode as you get that shot "for the blog" without feeling any prior judgement from them, you can finally be yourself without having to explain your obsessive love of peonies and marble.

So, dear readers, let your friends in on your blog, let them be a part of your journey, and who knows, one day maybe they could even start a blog, wouldn't it be amazing to think that it was you who inspired them? 

  1. You constantly inspire me <3 ^__^ Fab post lovely; I was very open about my blog from the beginning to be honest and I've never regretted it! It's a wonderful part of my life now! xx

  2. Such a great post! I told my friends and family about my blog since day one but I can totally understand why bloggers keep it under wraps for a long time or forever. I'm so glad I came out with mine!

    Ashleigh x

    Being Ashleigh - Lifestyle, Food, Photography and Fashion blog ♡

  3. Fab little post Claire. I've just started showing my blog to my friends via Facebook and my family after a couple of my friends discovered it and said how much they loved it.
    Now it's becoming even more a part of my life!

    Rach xx // illustratedteacup.com

  4. Ah this is such a nice post, and so glad to hear you were supported all the way! Mine is DEFINITELY still under wraps (half because it's new and half because....I don't even know!) but I'll think back to this post when I've found my feet a bit more and will consider sharing! xxxx

  5. I've never told any of my friends about my blog, only because they are the ones coming to me and asking me about it which is amazing! Specially my kawaii box posts they love talking to me about it which I love. Xx
    Love Vicki | victoriajanex

  6. Amazing post lovely! It took me AGEES to tell anyone about my blog and I mean ANYONE. At first only my fiance knew and that was only because he had to help me take photos haha. Now almost everyone knows and the amount of positive support I've had from it is overwhelming. xx

  7. This is a never ending worry of mine. Every time someone I know find my blog Instagram, I immediately block them. I'm so afraid of being judged that I don't even give them a chance.
    Hopefully one day I will be able to fully open up about my blog. Your blog post has definitely made me reconsider it.

    www.thelyricstolife.com | Music & Lifestyle Blog

  8. I loved this post. It was the same for me. At first I didn't want anyone to know about my blog because I thought they would maybe laugh at me. But the people I did tell about it, have been extremely supportive!

    Be | lovefrombe

  9. Some of my friend know but some of my friends aren't into it at all so they know but we don't talk about it. My family and boyfriend are so supportive x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  10. It was great to read this post today. Although I maintain that my blog has never been 'secret', it is certainly something I've kept quietly separate from my real life. This weekend I'm attending a blog event so will have to explain it to my friends - I'm hoping they should be positive!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  11. I never shared my blog but somehow it had gotten out and the support was crazy! I kept mine a secret because I had no clue how they would react. I hate confrontation and having to explain what blogging was especially to those who did not get it at all. I found out some of my friends were talking about my blog to other people.. it's just so weird! haha

  12. I'm always happy for friends to know about my blog (in fact when I meet people I'm usually waiting for the first socially acceptable moment to bring it up!) but I prefer to keep it separate from my family who are unfortunately too judgmental to get it. I think sometimes you have to realise that some people just won't get it, particularly if there's a generational gap, but that doesn't have to affect what you're doing, just find those that do support it!

  13. Love this, when the people from work found out I was mortified. Now I don't care

  14. I told my closet friends, my mum and my work colleagues. I have unfortunate reasons for not sharing it on Facebook! X


  15. I've always been really open about my blog with friends, family and colleagues - so much so that on Monday morning they all wanted to know about the Awards event over the weekend! I know a couple of them read my blog, they always come and ask me about things, how it's doing etc, and it's a lovely feeling! Like you, it has stopped me from writing some posts thought and as much as I want to write them I'm just not ready for everyone I know the read them!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

  16. I agree so much! I didn't really talk about my blog when I first created it, but then people would casually comments that they read and love it and it's such a rush!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

  17. This was such a lovely post to read, I think it is great that you have found that 'thing' that you enjoy and that people you know are so supportive and understanding and interested in it too, its fantastic! :D


  18. I love blogging and I would be so happy if my friends would love it too but sadly when I told them they laughed! They think its a bit weird to just write and hope someone reads it :/ I'm glad your friends and family were supportive of you :)

    Rhiannon ¦ www.studentpaperie.wordpress.com/

  19. I just stumbled across your blog on Bloglovin' and I couldn't believe it when I read your About page, I'm from Northern Ireland and study Interactive Multimedia Design as well! Following you now!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

  20. I've told a handful of my close friends about my blog and although I have explained just as you have that I write about "everything and anything" they don't seem to understand the point of it, nor realise that there is such a big blogging community out there. I often have to point out that many of the big youtubers, that now seem to have become house hold names, have a blog too. I just wish they would be as accepting as your friends.