Happy Friday everyone! It’s time for another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts. Today, we’re discussing using online personas for book blogging, a topic suggested by Lydia @ Lydia Schoch.
I personally don’t really blog much about my personal life here at Beyond the Read. I’ve always been wary of leaving behind a digital footprint on the Internet, where anybody can track down my information (or so my sixth grade Information Literacy teacher taught me). I love to share movies or shows I’ve been watching or music I’ve been listening to — things associated with my story-loving persona. But I do tend to avoid sharing personal information, like my full name or age or where I live and whatnot. NOT that I would suspect any of you dear readers of identity theft.
The thing is — if you don’t mind me getting deep for a second — what I love about book blogging is that the Christian bookworm part of my personality is pretty much the only part of my personality that I need to show to the world, just for this tiny corner of the Internet. And it’s honestly incredible how people like and respond to my content solely based on that part of who I am. I love that feeling of being free to express myself in a way of my choice, without the limitations of real-life technicalities.
Besides, my life is pretty mundane, especially in lockdown. I doubt anyone would want to read about me eating cereal or taking a nap. 😂
But anyway, although I prefer not to share personal details on my blog, I love and genuinely enjoy it when other bloggers write about their personal lives and how books fit into all of it. It makes me feel more connected to them as a reader, and increases my appreciation for their work even further.
As for the question of whether book blogs should focus on only books or be allowed to veer into other territory, I really don’t think you should restrain yourself from writing the content you enjoy writing just because of the label of being a “book” blog. After all, it’s your blog and your safe space. Don’t limit yourself because you’re afraid of what other people might think. And if you’re someone in search of less casual, less personal, and completely book-centered book blogs and none of the blogs out there meet your requirements, I suppose there are always blogs by publishing companies that you can turn to?
That’s it for today! How about you? Do you like to blog about your personal life? Do you enjoy it when other bloggers write about their personal lives? Chat with me in the comments!