The question this time is…
As a book blogger, do you prefer to keep your personal life private and off your blog, or do you freely share those things on your blog?
These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section. So, with that out of the way… let the controversy begin!
What made me think about this topic?
This is something I’ve been thinking about for quite a while now. I’ve noticed that sometimes my fellow book bloggers will put up a whole post about their own, private lives that has nothing to do with books (although often there will be a connection, even if it is tenuous). With the world in such turmoil over so many things, including the pandemic of the past two years, there may be times when we just need to vent. Maybe we just want our followers to know we’re more than just reading and reviewing machines. That we’re humans, and we’re going through this life just like every other being on the planet. Sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse.
The last few years have seen many changes in my life, and I’ve shared a few of them with this blog, but mostly the ones that touch on books. One of the biggest ones in that area was my move to a new apartment, and how a whole box of some of my favorite books went missing in the move. I also told my readers that I had retired from my “day job” and that is now allowing me to read and review more books. On the other hand, I never did a whole post about either of those things. Nor did I write a whole post about how the URLs to my blogs got put in Facebook jail, which led me to moving from Blogspot to here. I didn’t even note here that more recently, my Instagram account was hacked, and because I didn’t get the message soon enough, the hacker changed the recovery email address to their own, and now my account is only getting spam posts although the last time I was able to get in, all my old posts were still there (I was @davidachazan1957 and I’m hoping that account was finally shut down. Let me know if you see it).
However, there are many things in my life that I just don’t feel comfortable about sharing on this blog. I certainly don’t want to discuss politics, since that can be divisive. Mind you, I have made comments on other bloggers’ posts that do touch on politics, but usually only when I agree with the post and have something to say. Religion is also pretty much taboo, except when I’m complaining about how some author got something Jewish wrong in their book. I don’t think I’ve ever talked about my family on my blog – not the good things, and not the bad things – and I certainly never did a whole post about them.
Still, there are a few personal things I’ve revealed. For example, I did talk about the time I had to take a break from blogging because I had surgery on my eyes. I am sure I noted an extended vacation or two over the years. I don’t make a secret out of the fact that I’ve been attempting to write a novel myself, but I haven’t actually written a whole post about it (although I might do one some time in June). I did let you all know that I used to write poetry and I’ve had some published; I even put all those poems up here for your chagrin/enjoyment.
So you can see, there’s definitely a limit to what personal things I’m willing to share with the book blogging world. And the more I think about it, the more I believe that this is the best for me. Sure, that means you probably won’t get to know me on a deeper level than you know me now, but maybe that’s for the best. I guess I’m just not the type of person to put my private heart of my blog’s public sleeves, so to speak. Maybe if we meet one day in real life… or not.
There you have it!
So… what about you?
Is your private life an “Open Book” on your blog?
Or is your blog only for posts relevant to blogging, books, reading, and reviewing?
This post is my 9th entry in the 2022 Discussion Challenge & Giveaway, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!