Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Personal and The Professional: To Keep Separate or Combine?

Alright readers, I have a couple questions for you.

Back in August, I created a second blog(Brianna’s Babbles) for posting more personal things. My life in and outside of my work, my interests, opinions, rants, and such. I did this so my readers have the option of not hearing anything from me unless it had something to do with my books or the odd review of a book I’ve read. As a newbie to the blogging world, I thought this was the more ‘professional’ way to do it.

Of course, that wasn’t the only reason. There was also the fear that no one would be interested in who I am or what I had to say about anything that wasn’t writing related. Now, I’m starting to question whether or not keeping my ‘self’ and my work separated was the right move.

Personally, I find myself drawn to the blogs whose authors intermingle bits of themselves into their posts alongside their work related stuff. Then again, I find people interesting and those bloggers are usually easier for me to feel a connection with. Amanda Hocking, for an example, often writes about things that are personal to her. Topics that have little or nothing to do with her books. She seems to have a pretty good following, considering that and I’ve yet to find myself bored by her posts. At the same time, I’m certainly not Ms. Hocking. My personality, life, and interests are quite different from hers.


So, what I’m wanting to know is: would it be unprofessional of me to share bits and pieces of myself and my interests within my author blog? Will my audience find me, if I keep ‘me’ to myself? Can you, my readers, feel any connection to me, if all I blog about is my work? Is a feeling a connection to me important, or preferable, in order for you to want to read my books?

Whether you’re a reader or fellow writer, I’d appreciate it if would express your opinion, either in the comments section, or the poll on the top right of the page(or both, if you’d like). Thanks in advance!

4 comments:

  1. You are an individual being and you contribute yourself into the world in some or the other way and not just by adding to the population. Be confident with your self and combine both the lives and live them as one. Because you are a single individual then why live two separate lives?? think on what i said. You really do write good, keep writing.

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    1. Thank you for your kind response and I hope you continue to enjoy my writing!

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