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Do you post off-topics: not book/blogging related but personal stuff?

Bookish Verbosity is a non-regular feature at AEROPAPERS where I talk about topics that are related to books, blogging, and the book community.

I’m very selective of what I wish to share online. The same can be said offline. I don’t open up that easily unless I’m really close with that person. Now, if you noticed in my sidebar I used the phrase “personal book blog,” because I think despite me not sharing anything really personal about myself, my thoughts  are mine therefore it’s still personal to me.

My blog is more of a book journal. It is the reason why my blog is dominated by reviews. If you’re reader looking for the latest book updates around the book industry, I’m afraid my blog is not the place. And I like it that way. It eases up my routine; for me there’s an unaware responsibility of sharing the latest trends to everyone on my shoulders. I can’t keep up with that. And because blogging is something I simply do because I’m having fun—whether just reviewing and sporadically some book discussion like this one that I didn’t thrive to have that kind of set-up. And I’ve said before that my objective was to log my opinion on the books I read. After few years on book blogging my goal hasn’t changed. It was the essence of why I blog in the first place.

For the personal stuff, I rarely—like out of a blue moon, share anything personal about me here in my blog. I’m quite OCD and cautious that I have a separate blog for it and only few people that I allow can read my personal blog. There I share events in my life (but hasn’t done so for quite some time). Since this is a book blog I should only share the things that are book related—or at least that is what my head wants things to be done.

However many bloggers are good in incorporating their personal stuff in their book blog. And in fact, I love reading them, and I think the reason why is because they have interesting story to share whereas in my case, it’s quite…not. So I decided to spare you good people with the boringness that is my life. As a reader I like them as the blogger…not so much.

Some book blogs make it work but because of my uncomfortability and slight obsession to categorizing my websites, I decided to separate my stuff from book stuff.

So how about you, do you share personal things in your book blog. Do you also post about other stuff that are not related to books? What is your opinion on those who does? Care to share it with me?

2014 / 03 / 12

35 Responses to Bookish Verbosity: How personal is your book blog?

  1. Kayla Elizbaeth says:

    I can always come here and read great discussion posts.
    I used to be very personal on my blog, but in the last six months I have eliminated a lot of personal details. I do still have some personal items up and will occasionally share some items, but now I am more guarded. I try to focus on books and writing, but even with the writing I am guarded because it is all so personal.
    I do, though, love seeing some personal items on other books blogs that I visit. It is nice to get to know the person behind the blog. I think that most, if not all, the blogs that I visit that share personal items it is just enough and not necessarily overboard. But then again, what is going overboard? There is nothing wrong with sharing as long as it is something you want to share.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Thanks so much Kayla, I’m still struggling at writing these kinds of posts, so that means a lot to me.

      It’s nice to read them, right? And yes, it’s always on the blogger’s prerogative; there’s nothing wrong as long you’re comfortable with details about your life, then you can share it.

  2. Annie says:

    When I follow book blogs, I don’t expect them to really talk about anything other than books and book-related stuff so it’s fine if bloggers don’t really have any personal posts, as much as I do like reading them. It’s just interesting for me to see what they do besides reading and blogging. I don’t know if I necessarily have ‘personal posts’ on my blog as much as ‘posts that have nothing to do with blogging & reading’. Occasionally I do talk about my life in my monthly recap posts but not often. How much I share online is around the same as how much I share IRL. I’m actually much more comfortable talking about my life online than offline but I know that people I know do read my blog from time to time so I make sure not to post anything that I wouldn’t want them to know. This, I feel, is kind of deceiving but anyway going back to the topic at hand, I do like personal posts but they’re not a must. I follow book blogs for books anyway and if I like more lifestyle-ish posts, I follow blogs for that too! :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I read monthly recaps and they share bits of their lives and it’s interesting to know them in this level. I also follow a bunch of blogs, too, not only book blogs.

      Oh wow, only sister knows my blog and aside from her, no one know about my online persona. No one knows what I do when I’m facing the computer. I don’t feel comfortable if they ever knew hence not telling them. :D Thanks Annie.

  3. Sophia says:

    A very interesting discussion post! I started out very impersonal, and then evolved into sharing a little bit more of my daily lives. In fact, today I just posted a rather general update on my life, only part of which had to do with books.
    I am definitely on the cautious end of the spectrum when it comes to putting personal stuff out there, but I’m slowly feeling out the places where I can talk a little bit more about my life outside of books without completely baring my soul.
    But this may just be because I only have one blog – my literary blog. If I had a separate personal one, I think I would be more segregated with the content as well.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think there’s some sort of limitation on which things in our life that we would like to share to everyone. I like reading them, it gives me a small peak on the blogger’s life. It makes it more…well, personal. Thanks Sophia.

  4. Pretty Little Reader says:

    I share personal things on my blog, but it’s almost a superficial kind of personal. Like, I don’t get in to when I’m feeling down, or when something large is going on in my life, unless it affects my blog somehow. So I’ll share little details here and there, and I participate in Jessi’s Life of a Blogger series, but I don’t get in to a lot of the deeper stuff.

  5. I don’t share a lot about myself, but I do sometimes. I usually just talk about exams coming up, or what kind of other things I enjoy doing aside from reading–noting TOO personal. Like, I don’t share a lot about my family, or school life and such. But I do think it’s okay. It’s all up to the blogger, of course, but as long as you don’t give a reason for people to hate you (lol), judge you or want to hunt you down, sharing a bit of personal things shouldn’t be a problem. I love posting reviews as well, which is basically the point of having a book blog, right? Lovely discussion, Mitchii!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think I unawarely share something about myself but they were not too personal. And I agree as long you’re comfortable on what you’re sharing it really doesn’t matter. Not necessarily the sole point but I do love reading reviews. Thanks Aimee.

  6. I never originally sought out to make non-book related blog posts but I didn’t like keeping myself so restricted and wanted to give myself more freedom. I do think it also makes your blog more ‘you’ since your readers can get to know you better and it’s interesting to read about others too. When nearly everyone has reviews and discussions, it’s nice to read something different once in a while.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I really envy those bloggers who can easily incorporate their personal touches on their blogs. And you’re right, these things can give your space a little more you. Thanks Charlotte.

  7. I like including things about myself and my life, but I don’t feel comfortable to go ahead and write a post only about me. I still feel better if I can relate it to a certain topic or book. Like, when a book touched me because it reminds me of something I’ve been through, I like to point that out. Or when I do my recap, I like to include a little text to summarize what I’ve been up to that month. I love reading about personal things, because it gives me a feeling I truly get to know a blogger :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I know what you mean, like sprinkles of me stuff is ok but as the sole subject, it really makes me uncomfortable. I guess it’s safe to say that we enjoy personal posts, yes?

  8. Shannelle C. says:

    I suppose I share a little of my life, but my life is so boring that I can’t include much even if I want to. That’s why I’m sharing my Fangirling Friday, and I think I’m also going to start a feature for stuff that I want but can’t have. Because let’s face it, there’s only so much a teenager with strict Chinese parents who hate spending on useless things can buy. :P But I want so many things! Online! And I don’t have a credit card! *sobs* And my parents don’t get me presents!

    I think that feature would just turn into a woe-fest. :D But I do want to share more stuff because I do want to share my likes, and I enjoy talking about those things, and after my blog slump, I’ll just go and write about whatever I want to write about.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      That’s my problem as well, like ‘hmmm, should share this stuff?’ only to realize that it was pretty boring that I rather not share it on my blog.

      Haha, sucks about the limitation. On one hand it’s nice that you don’t have this responsibilities like adult does but on the other you’re limited on what you’ll able to spend. But even us adults have budgets, too.

    • Shannelle C. says:

      But you have far more freedom. You gotta admit that, except when your work’s absolutely such a time sucker. But hey, I will be seeing you at the Tahereh Mafi signing, right?

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yes, hopefully our plan vacation will not fall in that date. *fingers crossed*

  9. I share very little about my life but I do share my interests other than books on my blog.
    But I do enjoy reading blogs where the blogger is comfortable sharing personal stuff, I think that sort of post helps the reader connect better with the reader?

    But at the end of the day you have to share only what you are comfortable with so I can definitely understand the need to spearte your real life and your virtual one. :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Exactly, nothing sharing personal stuff, from what I gather most people like to read it but it’s all up to you on what you’re comfortable to share with others. Thanks Nuzaifa! :)

  10. Christine says:

    I think I subconsciously share things about myself sometimes in my reviews and things? I’m not very good at talking about myself though, which is why I normally don’t do so consciously. But I find it nice when bloggers do share stuff about them with their readers though, because then it sort of feels more… personal, I guess? Not just like you’re reading words off a screen, but it’s more obvious that there’s another person on the other end. And that’s nice. Hopefully that made sense xD

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s strange how a lot of us like to read these kind of post but reluctant to do it ourselves, or at least we give ourselves a limitation on what we could share. But I get you, it’s nice to have a more personal connection with the blogger, thanks Chri!

  11. Kezia D says:

    I have feature called Status Update where I share what’s been happening in my week. But that’s like the only time I talk about myself, really. I honestly don’t mind sharing personal things like about school, exams, movies, how crappy life’s been but I have zero intentions of sharing my picture online O_O I’m okay if any of you want to do a video chat with me but the thought of random people seeing my face makes me uncomfortable ><

    • Mitchii G. says:

      That’s cool, like the name. Haha, I know, I’m very shy and I’m not really that comfortable sharing photos (although I do it…sometimes but I rather share photos of other things aside from me, lol). Thanks Kezia. <3

  12. For me, I don’t post any actual personal experiences. I might share a story from along time ago but never anything like “omg, today I did this.” I do share a lot about my hobbies, the things I like and my personality though. I also love doing the Life of a Blogger posts which I guess you could consider a personal post. I love learning more about bloggers because it helps me feel more connected but I need that balance between life and books. :D

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I also do that, sharing like snippet on what’s happening. I don’t think there’s any harm on that. I love reading Life of a Blogger posts, it’s like getting to know the person outside books. It’s nice. Thanks Laura.

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  14. Elizabeth says:

    I’m trying to relax a little about details in my personal life to my blog – in part because my family has recently discovered it exists so I know a lot of them read it and get angry if I don’t call or update the blog so they don’t know what I’m doing haha! I’m still really uneasy about having much information about my stuff up as I was harassed last summer…and I’m still second guessing having as much stuff as I do about myself on the blog. I think your style works perfectly on your blog! Even though you don’t put much personal stuff on here, it doesn’t feel like you are devoid of a personality or anything – it feels like I’ve gotten to know at least a part of who you are. Which is nice :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh no, you experienced that? *sighs* You really don’t know how people will respond to you, they can’t read your intentions.

      Only one person knows that I blog or that I do webdesign as a hobby. No one knows about that. I’m not really comfortable telling them. I guess I slip a bit my personality in my blog. I’m so relieved to know that. :)

  15. Cee says:

    I don’t divulge personal information about myself like what goes on in my real life (my job and relationships and whatnot) on my blog. I try to keep it as vague as possible because I like having my privacy. The only thing personal that I reveal about myself is my personality + the things I watch and read. When I get excited and joke around, that’s all me. Once I know that people share the same interest as me, I open up (which usually happens immediately). I get all excited because I have somebody to fangirl with me about the show or book. I created my blog to write and to interact with people with the same interest.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I do that as well, I don’t know there’s a level uncomfortability than I couldn’t shrug off but at the same time I do want people to know who I am outside this persona. I think we bleed in some of personality in out content regardless if it has something to do with books or not. :D Thanks Cee.

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  17. GEORGIE. says:

    You could say I’m an open book to some extent. Some people may think I share quite a bit of my life online and it is true but I’m quite selective with what I share, on my design blog I’m more open as I feel inspired by everyday life whereas my book blog I select the stuff that will only effect my blogging (unless I’m doing LOAB posts).
    I keep my Facebook account strict to friends and family ( I can’t even be found on search engines), but my Twitter account is pretty much open.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I admire those people who are comfortable sharing their lives openly. I don’t know, somehow I feel uneasy that strangers get a glimpse of who I am outside the internet.

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