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When you start a blog one of the first questions creators ask themselves is should I tell my family about my blog? Some people may choose to because they want to educate their families on a certain cause but not everyone will because not all families are supportive of bloggers. When your family reads your blog it changes it in a massive way because instead of having only strangers that you likely will never meet reading your blog you now have family members that know and respect you. I was not always sure if I was going to tell my family about my blog but decided to because I thought it was a good way to educate them about my disability. My family has been a huge support system for my blog but to say my family has not impacted my content would be a lie because it changes the way I create in a huge way. I am not going to be totally open with my feelings as I would be if I had a blog that my family didn’t read because there is a lot of things my family doesn’t understand about my disability and would be upset by. There is nothing worse than when someone totally reads through a post and demands you take it down because they didn’t understand something and thought you were promoting the opposite of what you actually were. In this post, I am going to talk about how telling my family has changed my blog and its content.
It changes the content I create- Everything I create I do with good failth and with the feeling of my family in mind. My blog can sometimes feels a little restrictive at time because I can’t create every idea that pops in my head that would to and some ideas are best not to make public for the sake of my family. I do not create the same type of content I would be if I had a blog that only strangers were reading and no one I knew had knowledge about it. Some topics are hard to explain and I don’t write about them because my family wouldn’t understand the reason for the post and be upset by it. I write some things for myself to stay sane but I never publish them because my family wouldn’t be able to handle it and it’s best to keep in my personal diary. If my family didn’t read my blog I wouldn’t secretly gossip about them online because I don’t think you should use social media in that way but I would be more open about my disability in a deeper way that I feel I can’t do now. If I started a new blog I probably wouldn’t tell my family about it so I could have more freedom to talk about about my disability without the pressure of offending people I care about.
It makes you hold back more- I have said a lot of things on my blog that I would never casually bring up in a conversation because it’s personal and is written specifically for this blog. I have said things on my blog that I haven’t told people in real life but I still hold back more than I would if my family didn’t my blog because I have to. My disabled followers get how life is hard and aren’t sad when I post something about the frustration of my disability because they know that is life but abled people don’t get that.. Most all my abled family only see a small fraction of the challenges I deal with every day and get sad when I talk about the frustrations of my disability and think I post it because I am depressed. When you are a disabled blogger it’s important not to lie to about your disability because you won’t educate anyone by lying and making stuff up but sometimes you do have to give people a more Hallmark version of what you are going through to spare the feelings of your family. I don’t generally talk about my past mental health struggles because family members don’t see how far I’ve come and think I am still in a bad place and need therapy.
Families help blogs grow because the more people that read your blog the bigger you will become but they do change the content you create. I don’t blog in the same way as I would if my family didn’t read my blog because there is a lot about my disability that my family will never understand and would make them sad if I posted it even if it wasn’t meant to be that way. If my family did not read my blog I would still write about my disability, but I would be more open about things that I feel my family can’t handle. I have more limitations with my blog because I told my family but that doesn’t mean my family should stop reading. My family knows more about my disability because I told them about my blog, and I have grown much quicker than I would have without my family even though the content I create has been massively impacted. Families often will take blog posts more personally than strangers and will be the first to demand creators takes posts down because of something they didn’t understand. I will take posts down if a family member is upset by them because I am a nice person, but I will not be happy about it because it hurts my blog, and you are basically asking me to delete hours of work. Some creators don’t tell their families and I don’t shame them for that because blogging with the knowledge of your family is more stressful than it would be without them. Have you told your family about your blog?
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