How do you feel about being a book blogger—especially offline?
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 was about to write this post prior to reading Shanelle’s post today. I never thought that it is important to tell people that you’re a blogger if it’s not necessary (subjectively speaking). Like on book signing, I don’t feel like telling people I’m a book blogger because (1) I see myself as a relatively small blogger (2) like I said earlier I deemed it unnecessary. To be perfectly honest, no one outside of my two sisters knows I blog. Oh, let me rephrase that, no one knows that I blog, I design, and pretty much what I do on the internet (sans the two sisters).
Why is that? I don’t know. I guess there wasn’t an event that need for it to be brought up so it never came out. I’m also very private person so I don’t share a lot of things about me (even though I’m very passionate about these hobbies) unless it’s within the topic of conversation (which is never). People just knew that I’m very good with computers and that’s pretty much it. I’ve always been Mitchii online, and Cecille is my offline persona. They are (gawd, I’m now referring myself to two separate persona) pretty much the same person, both shy but the me online is more open.
It’s not that I’m not proud of what I do (because I do!! I really, really do!). There were times I overheard people in the bookstore telling the other they were excited to read the sequel, while me on the other hand, had already read the book they were excited about. And on those occasions I realized the privileges I get as a book blogger. And it’s humbling feeling. I’m really thankful to be part of this community.
Yet, I still sometimes feel undeserved of the title. On my early blogging years I refused to coin my post as “reviews.” It sounds so professional and mine were not—even close to that. There’s also something about the label ‘book blogger’ that sound so influential and well, professional, official (especially if I mention it offline). And for someone who do this for the heck of it (because it’s fun to do and doesn’t care much on other things) I feel that I’m giving injustice to those who thrive so hard to leave a mark on the community. And actually doing pretty stellar job with it.
So I’m pretty much satisfied with where I am now. I’m still uncomfortable telling people that I am (for some reason which I think is just a preference. Not sure though, I haven’t deduced it yet, haha!) a book blogger offline. Maybe there will come a time but for now, not yet…but who knows, right?
How about you, do people (family, friends, classmates or anyone offline) know that you are a book blogger? Did you also feel undeserving to be called book blogger in some occasion? Why? Care to share it with me? :chup: @.@