Today’s guest post comes from Kayleigh Zara, who explains the reasons why she does not share her blog with the people that she knows.
“Hey, lovelies, what a dreadfully beautiful rainy day it is today. Honestly, as of late my friends/acquaintances have been stumbling onto my blog and I thought it was time to write about why I don’t share it with people. I fully respect why people do share it with their loved one/friends/associates, but it’s just not something that I want to do.
If people ask me what I do with my free time or why I’m on my laptop so much, I simply tell them “I’m writing” or “I’m a writer”, which factually speaking isn’t incorrect because I’m currently working on my thesis.
I have no problem with the term ‘blogger’ or anything like that, but since I spent most hours of the day writing or planning writing or thinking about writing, I think the term writer suits me more. Plus, it makes me sound slightly less like a loser.
Writing has always been something I’ve done to get away from my life, the people around me, the thoughts I have that drag me down. Maybe this is where the divide started, I don’t know. I feel like when I write I have the space and freedom to write anything I want, especially my mental health – something I don’t talk about with people in my life – and maybe that is why I’m so protective of my little space on the internet. If I had my friends/family/acquaintances reading my blog everyday then I know I wouldn’t be so honest about the things I wanted to say. It’s the space that gives me the freedom to do that, and it’s not necessarily a judgement thing because I have published writing that people in my life have seen.
Maybe the underline is that I’m simply not comfortable sharing my inner thoughts and feelings with the people in my life and therefore I share them on my little piece of the internet as a sanctuary. I just feel like the minute I share it with everyone, my content becomes less about what I want to write, and more about what I want other people to see/read. If I’m honest, I really like having my private space.
I mean who knows though, there might come a day when my blog is published in a newspaper or mentioned on the radio and it will become unavoidable to keep to myself. But, for the time being, it works for me.
I would love to know if you tell people you know and why, and if you don’t share it, I’d love to know why too in the comments.”
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Thank you to Kayleigh Zara for sharing her story. You can find more from her on her blog or Twitter.