Over the past ten years or so blogging has evolved from online diaries to platforms for writers, experts, and journalists. Anyone with something to say, a book to promote, or an album that is launching, most likely has a blog where they promote themselves. Owning a URL, self-hosting, and managing a website has become commonplace for a lot of people. That doesn’t mean that “blogging” and “bloggers” don’t still fight a negative connotation sometimes. This makes coming out of the blogging closet scary for a lot of bloggers.
My Experience Blogging
When I first started my website I hated the term “blogger” and I was pretty embarrassed about it, to be honest. I mentioned it to a couple of friends but for the most part I kept my site a secret. When I did mention that I was writing a blog people would look at me and ask, “So what do you write about? Its just a journal, right? Do people even care about what you have to say?” I quickly realized that unless you blog the odds of you understanding it fully are slim to none.
People not in the “blogosphere” didn’t understand what blogging was about and to them it was amateur and childish. That’s nowhere CLOSE to how I saw myself though. Suddenly I was a part of a community of writers who were using blogging as a platform to perfect their art form, share their work, and build networks. It was amazing and I was in almost constant awe to be a part of it. I had such blazing pride about my writing, my website, and the friends I was making that I started hiding it.
Growing As A Writer
How does that make sense? Wouldn’t it make sense to be coming out of the blogging closet if I was so proud of my growth as a writer? Well, if I was hiding my writing then I didn’t have to defend it and I didn’t have to feel awkward explaining my “hobby” to people. Slowly the cocoon that I built around my writing made the very thought of telling people I was writing absolutely horrifying. I was like a mama bear protecting her cubs and the thought of having anyone say negative things about it was enough to make my want to rage. This is not my “hobby” this is my passion.
The normal progression of my writing meant that I branched out to short fiction, guest posts, and grabbing any writing opportunity possible. I started writing for The Indie Chicks and excitement built over all the writing I was doing. Eventually the sense of pride about my writing became so great that keeping it a secret felt wrong. So, what do I do when I’ve built a wall between my writing and now I want it gone? Was coming out of the blogging closet right yet?
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