This morning I was catching up with my best friend on the phone. At the end of our conversation, to my delight, she told me that she had downloaded Elizabeth is Missing, Boy, Snow, Bird, and The Goldfinch to her Kobo after reading about them on my blog. My first reaction was excitement (I’ll be able to discuss things with someone I know in “real life”!); my second reaction was nervousness.
Being a blog owner, for me, is kind of funny that way. Of course I hope that my posts are read by many people and spark a lot of discussion (especially these Monday Musings posts – I always love reading your comments!) but whenever I think about the fact that some of my readers are people I know in real life, I always feel a twinge of self-consciousness. Do you ever feel this way?
I’m not sure why this is the case for me. Realistically, those who know me should be the least likely to judge me harshly. But I suppose it’s my need to impress that makes me feel nervous whenever I find out a friend (or even family member) has stumbled upon this project of mine. However, I do feel energized and elated every time a close friend tells me my blog inspired them to pick up a book. I guess there are two sides to each situation!
How about you? Do you enjoy knowing that your personal friends read your blog? Do you ever get self-conscious about it like I do sometimes (most of the time)?