THREE! I know, I can't believe it either!
And within those three years, I've told very few people as to why I was spending all my money on books, and my time on the computer. Actually I only told both my parents and my brother (who've all probably told the rest of the world, because no one in my family can keep a secret), but only after Turning Pages was set up.
I didn't even tell my best friends, who also enjoy reading, just as much as I do. But why would I keep this a secret? Why wouldn't I share this with my friends or boyfriend? The people who mean the most to me, and the people whom I truly trust?
While that might seem like a tough question, it actually has a really simple answer; I don't want to be judged. I don't want my hobby and what I love to do to be scrutinized, by others. In a way I guess I wanted this to be my own little space to explore, and describe my feelings, when I first created Turning Pages!
But it's been three years (almost) and I feel like Turning Pages has become a bigger part of my life, than when I was just sixteen years old. It's taken up one of the four walls in my room, and quiet a bit of my time. With that I've recently felt the urge to finally stop keeping this bottled up inside, and let someone else know what I was doing in my free time; my boyfriend.
Before I go into telling you how I went about it, what I said, and what he did in reply, I should probably tell you a little bit about him.
He is much calmer than I am. And I think that's one of the biggest reasons why he deals with stressful situations much better than I do. (I freak out, cry a little, suck it up, and then deal with whatever's going on).
It's been a few weeks that I've been meaning to tell him, and just could never find a good time to bring it up...I mean I couldn't just blurt it out, right in the middle of a movie...until my mom asked me right IN FRONT of him, if I told him about the "secret" yet!
Did I already tell you, that no one in my family can keep a secret? So I had no other option, and what better time to tell him?
And while I was freaking out, shaking, nervous and little light headed, he was calm and even seemed kind of interested in the whole blogging thing. I told him how I started Turning Pages, what I was writing, and how some of it worked. He, himself, isn't a hardcore reader, but it feels good to know now that I can talk to him about books.
I'll be hearing "blog about it" and "the life of a blogger" for months to come, but I'm still really happy that I finally found the nerve to share this part of my life with him. I hope to do the same with one or two of my closest friends, because it feels really good to get this off my chest.
Do your family and friends know about your blog? How did you tell them? Have any advice?