Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cat's Out of The Bag

Well it finally happened.

My IRL friends discovered my separate blog accounts for Twitter and Instagram.

Bloggy friends, you know what that means.. They found my little piece of Blogworld.
Cue anxiety attack.

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Whitney has talked about it.
Beth has talked about it.
Erin has talked about it.
Helene very recently talked about it.

And seriously countless others. It's a pretty hot topic.

A lot, A LOT of bloggers create blogs and start writing and don't tell people in their real life. I'd say 90% of the time it's not because they are totally different people attempting to lead a totally different life. Usually everyone says the same things:

They don't want to censor themselves.
They want to be "real".
They don't want to be judged.

All of those apply to me.

I also feel like it's hard to explain blogging to people who don't blog and/or don't read blogs a lot. We say things and do things a certain way for a certain reason. I don't think I'm a different person.

When I'm blogging, I act like a blogger and I talk like a blogger because I'm talking to people who are bloggers.

When I'm working at the CPA office I act like a professional and I talk like a professional because I'm talking to people who are professionals.

When I'm working for athletics I act and talk much more casually than I do at the office. Different situations call for different aspects of my personality.

So even though I had a bit of a panic attack on Monday night and my anxiety is a little high, I'm also a little excited that I can finally share this with my IRL friends. It just might take me a tiny bit longer to get used to it.

So shout out to my dgrm girls! Hi!
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  1. haha....I had a minor anxiety attack the first time I posted about it on my FB....I just had to take a deep breath and realize I didn't care. If they're going to judge me I don't need them anyways:)

  2. I can't remember if I told you or not, but my aunt found mine and READ IT OUT LOUD AT A FAMILY FUNCTION. But I'm still over here all bullshit this and bullshit that, oh well.

  3. such a great post! and so true, we say things to other bloggers... and we fear that other might not understand. since a lot of times they don't. but it is exciting to share it with friends and see what their opinion is. plus its not a secret anymore!

  4. Ahhh! I am so worried about my IRL friends judging me. One apparently reads my blog and gets mad about it all the time. Another friend told me this the other day. I have never even mentioned her but she gets mad for the most bizarre reasons- like mentioning my boyfriend but not my friends. I don't get it!

  5. ohhhh no! My whole family/circle of friends knows about mine, and while it's nice for it not to be a secret, I do find myself thinking 'uh oh, better not write that, aunt susan will see...' which sucks. But what are you gonna do, I guess!

  6. I'm mostly concerned about being "discovered" IRL because I'm pretty open about how much I hate my current job, and I'm desperately trying to find a new one. I'm concerned that my blog posts might affect my job search in a negative way if found by the wrong person.

    I don't hide my blog from anyone, but I also don't bring it up. That balance has worked for me thus far.

  7. I've only told a few IRL friends about my blog. I think because I wrote about weight loss I feel like everyone I know doesn't need to know about my blog. I'm not sure how I'd feel if people found it, but it would be interesting!

  8. My mom knew about my blog a long time ago, and used to read it on the regular... until she started calling me just to ask random questions about things I posted. She still knows about it, just doesn't read it. I don't hide it from people, I just choose not to share it with most people.

  9. Ahhhhh this is definitely a fear of mine!! I completely understand what you mean about showing different sides of yourself in different situations. I mean, a blog is almost like a diary-- it's [sometimes] a vulnerable thing to share it with people who know you IRL. I talk about my actual weight on my blog, so it's made me hesitant to openly share it yet. Soon enough, though!

  10. Ughh! I'd be totally freaking out too. I'm in the closet as well; mostly anyways. I totally feel like I'm leading a double life because I make every effort to hide the other accounts and keep 'em separate.

  11. I am terrified that someone IRL will find out about my blog. I just don't know how to explain why I blog to someone IRL so that they would understand.


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