End the Pre-IPO Quiet Period

Joi over at Rx Fitness Lady blog has asked us how do our family and friends react to our blog.  To be totally honest, most of my family and friends have no idea that I blog.  This was done on purpose.  My husband has known from the beginning, but those friends and family members who do know about the blog, just found out about it within the past 2 weeks. 

Because of procrastination brought on by fear, my blog has been about 2 years in the making.  When I finally took the plunge, I wanted to be able to freely write without any outside opinions or judgements.  I specifically didn’t want any negativity about how much I shared about myself, or the photos that I chose to post online. 
So far the responses I’ve received from friends and family have been very positive.  I have received calls and messages of congrats, praise, and a few “I’m proud of you”.  The positive responses have been reassuring and encouraging as I take this journey into the blogosphere.
If I had to do it all over again, I would do it the same way, as far as publicizing the blog goes – only I wouldn’t take 2 years to get it started.

What about you?  How has your family and friends reacted to you your blog or online activities?

 Rx Fitness Lady Blog Challenge:  Saturday: How My Family Reacts to My Blog


16 Comments on Shhh… I Have a Blog

  1. Dana Hemelt
    September 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm (4 years ago)

    I totally understand the fear. I got lots of support from friends when I first started, but it’s trickled off to a small dedicated few that read loyally. That’s ok – I’m doing this for me. So it took you two years – the important part is that you did it!

    • Beignet Mamas
      September 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Exactly! Since I’ve finally gotten it into my head that I’m doing this for me and no one else, blogging has become so much fun. I’m really enjoying all of the friendly connections. Sometimes I have to laugh at myself and ask, “What were you so afraid of???” LOL

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  2. VITA Train for Life
    September 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm (4 years ago)

    I was really afraid of “putting myself out here” to be judged and criticized and commented on but, it’s all been great!! Haters are never going to change but luckily they don’t have a blog!!! Good for you for having the courage to do it.

    • Beignet Mamas
      September 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Allie! You’re right, haters don’t have a blog. They’re probably hating because they wish they did! LOL

  3. Alison
    September 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Like Allie, I was a bit reticent about blogging, although I really wanted to. But I’m glad I went ahead and did it. Most of my friends and family know that I blog and most have been supportive. Do they read it? Not many. At the beginning that bothered me, but now that I’ve been at it for two years, it matters less and less. Grateful for the outlet to share my thoughts, as I’m sure you are too, Kennie!

    • Beignet Mamas
      September 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm (4 years ago)

      I think what matters most is that we’ve all decided to continue, in spite of the reactions or non-reactions of others. I’m finally getting the hang of this blogging thing, and at this point, I don’t think the negativity from those that I KNOW will have it matters much anymore.

  4. Be-Quoted.com
    September 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Good to hear that your family is supportive! I actually skipped this prompt (bad Andrea) because I touched on my family/friends illiteracy on Day 1 Blog Confessions. Some of them know about it and still don’t support. I’m not mad though. I write because I like to. It’s a release and practice for me. Strangers have actually been my best supporters and allies on this adventure. #mbc

    • Beignet Mamas
      September 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm (4 years ago)

      I was kinda surprised, but the support has been great! Now just how long they’ll keep up is another thing. LOL

  5. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    September 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve read similar sentiments countless times in the months I’ve been blogging. I get it! I just started totally different and blasted my blog all over my FB and twitter. I figured it was the fastest way to get readers other than blog commenting. I can’t say that I’ve gotten any negative feedback so I’m not surprised that your family and friends were positive. How could they not be? Seriously, blogging is impressive 🙂 Thanks for posting Kennie!

  6. Kenya G. Johnson
    September 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Actually that was a good idea to wait. I told 10 people right off the bat. One person did ask me why I put all of that on the internet blah blah blah. Never said that was good or anything. Just negative. Come to think of it, that’s when I stopped sharing my link on my personal fb page. It gave me a complex. One day she asked me how my “little blog” was doing and I was really through with her. That wasn’t the last straw that broke our friendship but I realized that her negative energy put a damper on my life and I had to cut her loose. Sorry I went off on a tangent didn’t I? Anyway that’s been almost two years ago and I’m still shy to share my blog on my personal fb page. That’s crazy because I so freely share it everywhere else.

    • Beignet Mamas
      September 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm (4 years ago)

      I think I know that girl! Is her name… Oh never mind.
      What you experienced is the EXACT reason why I didn’t say anything. I haven’t had the guts to post on my personal FB page either. Although I pretty much know who I can expect the negativity from, it’s still hurtful. Your blog is something that is uniquely yours, and the last thing you need is someone trying to downplay your efforts. Your ex-friend is probably just jealous because she doesn’t have a blog.

  7. Natalie
    October 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm (4 years ago)

    I am with you on not revealing my blogging venture to many for the same reasons. You feel so vulnerable to criticism that it can be paralyzing, which makes it difficult to press forward until we get it all together. I think we have to just start somewhere. We shouldn’t hide under a rock just so that our light doesn’t challenge the critics. 🙂


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