Do You Want To Know A Secret?
I have a blog.
Wow, big deal.
I come across a lot of blogs, or I see people publicly posting somewhere, “I don’t want _____ to find out about my blog”. I understand this in certain situations. For example, you don’t want your boss to find out about your blog, since you could be complaining about your work and you don’t want to risk losing your job. You censor things or you keep posts private or you just don’t mention work at all, yet of course you wouldn’t tell your colleagues or boss what your blog URL is.
Another example – you don’t want your family finding out that you have something against your brother’s fiancee and you don’t want to pipe up and say that she’s really not the person everyone thinks she is.
One final example – not work or family, but friends. You might want to lash out about a friend on your blog. Whether or not they discover the post is at your own risk, but that’s why you hide your blog in the first place, because it certainly reduces the chance of them finding your blog if they don’t know you have one.
I absolutely understand the need to hide blogs from people, since a lot of people don’t simply want to change names – they just want people offline to have nothing to do with this little outlet of theirs.
What I do not really understand is people hiding their websites or blogs because they are afraid of being teased or picked on. I see a lot of people saying, “I don’t want people to think I’m a nerd”.
“I don’t want people to think I’m a geek.”
“I don’t want people to think I’m a freak.”
Well honey, that’s what people think. If people are going to judge you about something you like doing, then that’s their problem and you shouldn’t give a damn. Since when is web design or blogging supposed to be nerdy? Don’t most people use Facebook these days (except for me, ahaha) and are active online somehow?
I certainly don’t fear what people think when I share the fact that I like blogging and web design. If they want to think I’m a geek, they can go ahead. Web design is a huge thing for me and I spend a lot of my time on it. I enjoy it, and it’s one of my favourite hobbies. In fact, when it comes to introduction in class – other than my name and what major I’m in – I feel like web design is a big part of who I am, and I choose to mention it as one of my hobbies.
I don’t know why people are so insecure about admitting their interest in such a wonderful field. Blogging is not lame, and even if it is nerdy or geeky, what’s wrong with it? In such a digital age, more people should be blogging and getting creative with websites.
If you’re afraid of people in your class finding out that you like web design, don’t be. If you’re afraid of your friends judging you, you shouldn’t be. Your friends shouldn’t judge you on what you like – what kind of friends are they, really?
Wow, there was just a blackout.
Thank goodness my battery in my laptop was in, or I would have lost all the crap I typed. :D