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I’ve talked about blogging vs. real life before and it made me wonder about where bloggers, especially those who have niche blogs, draw the line at talking about personal stuff online? This is a book blog so as a rule, most of the things that I talk about are book-related but I can’t help but bring up other topics when I feel like it. I love that the golden rule in blogging is it’s your blog so you can post whatever you want. I love my blog and I can definitely say that it’s a huge part of my life. However, I try not to reveal too much about my personal life here. You get hints and glimpses when I review books because most of what I say reflects how I feel so it’s not surprising that some details about my life will pop up. If you also follow me on Twitter then you’re bound to know more about me than those who just follow me here on the blog. Although most of the time, I just tweet about the food I eat and how it’s so hard to get up in the mornings to go to work, especially now that it’s so cold.
In general though, I don’t mention details like my job and what is it exactly that I do (mostly because we’re highly discouraged to do that), what I do when I hang out with my family and friends and even things like where I live and my whole name. Chachic is my nickname and that’s what I’m usually called but I use my given name for work. When I do mention family and friends here on the blog, I seldom use their names to protect their identity. Also, I don’t think what I do outside of reading and blogging is relevant and it might bore some of you if I talk too much about things like those. I believe that this way of thinking applies to most book bloggers out there – we do tend to mention personal things on our blog but not too often and not enough to make us uncomfortable. The boundaries blur though when I get to meet people in person, like with the Filipino Book Bloggers, because then they tend to become part of both my blogging and real life.
What do you think, do you agree with me about bloggers not posting too much about their personal life on their book blogs? Do you ever experience problems in trying to decide whether you should post about a personal aspect of your life or not?