Hello and happy Friday! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: Do You Use an Online Persona for Book Blogging? (suggested by Lydia @ Lydia Schoch)
I wouldn’t say that I completely do, but I am a little different on my blog and online than I am irl. When I started blogging, I didn’t really share anything about my personal life on my blog, and almost no one I know in person knew about my blog. Now, it’s pretty different. I’ve been blogging for almost a year (wow!) and I’m more open about my personal life here on my blog, and also in person.
When I started my blog, I guess I was kind of embarrassed to tell people that I had a book blog. I mean, I don’t think that it would be surprising to anyone, but still. It also made me more nervous to have people I know irl read my writing. It seems silly because there are dozens of people who read my posts, and I am very fortunate to have become friends with them through blogging, but it’s still different and can be harder.
I also talk more about myself now, and share some things from my personal life. For example, I’m going to start 8th grade in about month, I live in Oregon, and have two cats and a golden retriever. I do ballet, and I have a physically distanced showcase with masks and an outdoor audience today. That’s the sort of thing that I never would have talked about that sort of thing six or seven months ago.
But like I said, I do think that I am different on my blog and in real life. However, I think that overall I’m the same person. I love books and will talk about them for hours and hours. I’m shyer around people I don’t know as well, but once I get to know someone a little better, I’ll be more outgoing, and will have lots of fun talking to them!
Should book blogs only focus on being book blogs, and not veer off into other topics?
Definitely not. I read lots of book blogs, and lots of blog posts, and yes, most of them are about books. Book reviews, book tags, or recommendation posts; there are so many different types of bookish posts. There are also, lots of great posts that aren’t bookish oriented, and are just as great! Book blogging is supposed to be fun, and if you like writing posts that aren’t related to books, there is no reason why you shouldn’t write those posts.
Maybe the post would be about blogging, and less book related, like Marie’s post about why she doesn’t believe in fake engagement in the blogging community. Or maybe more writing related, by Beck’s post of a list of writing prompts.
I think that it’s really up to the blogger. If you want to use an online persona, and don’t want to share anything from your personal life on your blog, that’s great! If you do want to talk a lot about what’s happening in your life on your blog, on your blog posts, that’s great too! The same goes for your content. If you want to write only bookish posts, that’s great! If you want to veer into other categories, and not just book related posts, that’s amazing!
It really depends on what you are happiest with, and it’s all your decision.
Do you use an online persona for book blogging? Do you think that book blogs should write only bookish posts, and not veer into other topics? Chat with me in the comments below!