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This was one of the topics that was discussed in a Filipino Book Bloggers meet up and is a question that I asked fellow book bloggers. Don’t you ever feel like you have two lives – your blogging life and your real life? Blogging life consists of your book blog, of course, and your interactions with people in the blogosphere through blog comments, Twitter, Goodreads and other social networking sites. I can also use social networks as examples – like Twitter is more for your blog friends because you can also follow authors and publishers there while Facebook is more for your real life friends because you post pictures and write in each other’s walls.
You have to admit that blogging takes time and effort and it’s the kind of thing that not a lot of real life friends understand. How many of your real life friends and family actually read and appreciate your blog? And how many blog friends do you have that you never would’ve met if you didn’t have a blog? I’ve mentioned this before – one of the reasons why I enjoy blogging is because I’ve found bogging buddies who love the same kind of books that I do and can totally understand when I gush about certain books or authors. My friends listen to me when I do that but not a lot of them read the books that I do.
Now that the Filipino book blogging community is being more active and more book-related activities like meet ups appear on my social calendar, I feel like my two lives are intersecting. Also, I’ve noticed that ever since I started the blog, more and more of my friends are asking me for recommendations. They’re more likely to pick up books now than before and I’d like to think that’s partly due to my influence.
Sorry for the totally random rambling but I just wanted to get this out there and to ask the rest of you if you feel the same way too. Do you feel like your life has two aspects – blogging/reading and real life? If yes, how does one affect the other? Let me know your thoughts!