My blog readers have become such important people in my life. Some of you have become great friends. Why? Because y'all are so supportive and get it.
We all blog for certain reasons. Explaining to non-bloggers why I blog is difficult. They just don't get it,understandably so. When I first started this blog, I was anonymous. Then I started to share the blog posts here and there on my Facebook. Then I re-branded and changed my blog signature to my real name. By this time, my blog was already being fed automatically to Facebook and Twitter. As expected, I heard all of my friends opinions on my blog, both positive and negative. I knew this would come up, but sometimes you think you are prepared but really are not. I took a long break from my blog because I let other people's opinions become mine. Then I snapped out of it and came back and missed every second of it.
And here we are, almost five years later and I have come to a point where I think I may take my blog off of my personal Facebook. Because there are some things I want to talk about, but a part of me doesn't want my IRL (in real life) friends to know. Not because it's a big hush hush secret, but more because I am not ready to hear their opinions on my life. Let's face it, our IRL friends are a lot more judgemental than blog friends. I am not saying it's a bad thing, it's just that us bloggers are more acclimated to not being judgemental and more understanding with people having their own way. We read it everyday in our fave blogs.
To my friends who are reading this, this isn't me dismissing your opinion. Just sometimes because you are so close to my life and know the ins and outs of it, you tend to project your opinion on how I need to do things. Not everything I do has to be your way. And you don't understand blogging, so it's hard for you to realize why I share so much to "strangers". But it doesn't mean you need to put down the idea of blogging just because it's not something for you.
So here I am, contemplating on what to do. Do I cut ties with my personal Facebook and start writing what I want to share because let me tell you, some of the stuff is hilarious. I wouldn't dare try to keep a giggle from you.
Yes I know that my friends can look up this blog, but a strong part of me tells me that won't happen. It's easy now because it's a click away from Facebook. But will they actually type in their address bar www.lifewithgiggles.com? No, most likely not.
I never once thought that my blog would cause a clash with IRL friends, but recently it has. Because of this, I have held back, worried about what my friends are going to say or think. Yeah, I know I shouldn't care what they think, but when it's your IRL friends.... it's a whole other beast to handle than when another blogger tries to crash your party with negative comments. I've learned to deal with those type of bloggers. But I am still learning how to deal with those IRL friends.
Decisions to make. It should be easy right? Ugh, someone pass me some wine.