Do Your Friends and Family Read Your Blog?

why we want our friends to read our blogs

One of the things I learnt from starting a blog was that not all your family and friends will be enthusiastic about your blog as you would want them to be. And there could be many reasons for that…

You know what they say, “A prophet has no honour in his own country.” So it could mean that some of your friends and family who do not read your blog do not believe in you enough to do so. After all, don’t they read other blogs on the internet?

If the answer is ‘no’, then I will exempt those of your friends and family who are not internet savvy or are not disposed to blog reading.

On the other hand, you might want to say they are very busy people and so could not make out sufficient time for your blog. That’s possible too, but don’t we all create time for what is important to us? I dare to say that if they considered your blog important, they would make out time for it.

Have you also thought of the fact that some of them could be jealous of you over your blog? Please forgive my frankness, but that’s the reality of our world.

Suddenly, you are doing something different (or even better) than all of them are doing. And you want them to heartily urge you on by checking out your blog and supporting it? I bet you that some of them might not want to do that wholeheartedly.

You have the freedom to expect that your friends and family members would be the most ardent followers/readers of your blog. But you might get to find out that they are not even interested. That awful reality should never discourage you.

Consider yourself fortunate if your family and friends are part of the ardent readers of your blog. I congratulate you on that too. But never you take them for-granted because they are giving you all the needed support.

There is nothing in this post that suggests that you should badger your friends and family into reading your blog. If it is okay by you, you may just let them know about your blog. But it is not okay to try to ‘force’ them to read it.

I don’t know what your experience is, but in my own case, it has not really worked out very well for me in trying to ‘get’ family and friends to regularly check out my blog. I have left that decision to them.

Let me even ask you: do you mind if your friend and family read your blog? For me, I don’t mind! But I know everybody is not like me. (Obviously!). There are some authors who don’t even want the closest people to them to read their blogs.

One of such people claimed that what she writes on her blog are things her family do not know are part of her life. So because of some kept personal secrets, she doesn’t want her family (especially her mum) to read her blog. I wonder what you think of that!

My take is that if you are not keeping personal secrets on your blog, there is no reason you shouldn’t want your friends and family to read your posts.

That brings me to the question in the heart of the post: Do your friends and family read your blog? We would like to hear from you in the comment section.


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22 thoughts on “Do Your Friends and Family Read Your Blog?

  1. Robert Chamberlain 05/02/2019 / 10:42 pm

    Interesting question, and I hadn’t really considered it before reading this, so I wasn’t bothered that they don’t read it, but now I think about it, it is a bit disappointing that most of them don’t seem interested! 😦

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    • VictorsCorner 06/02/2019 / 9:06 am

      Thanks Robert for reading and commenting. I would agree with you that it is disappointing to note that some of our family and friends do not read our blogs. But we should not feel discouraged about that.

      The good part about our blogs is that many people from across the world are reading our posts. That alone is gladdening in itself.

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  2. John Eli 05/02/2019 / 11:50 pm

    I have several family and friends that read my blog religiously, some that read my blog randomly, and some that could careless what I write. I’m indifferent whether I have their audience ot not. I just love to write.

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    • VictorsCorner 06/02/2019 / 9:09 am

      Congratulations John. Good to know that many of your friends and family do read your blog. I guess you are one of those fortunate few…

      Did it just happen without any efforts on your part? Or what exactly did you do to get your family and friends to be so interested in your blog? We would like to hear from you.

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      • John Eli 07/02/2019 / 3:32 pm

        I believe that it flows with my personality and the vulnerability of my writing. Most of my posts consist of real life anecdotes with a moral lesson. My family and friends seem to connect with it. I am also quite engaged with them on social media. When I began to announce my blog they began to click on my links and liked what I provided…..
        Come to think of it, I believe that our cohesive relationship led to some of them sharing with extended family members.
        I must say that this is my fourth attempt at having a blog. I have had this one for over a year. My followers all know that they can expect an anecdote on Monday and smaller “inspirational” posts throughout the week.

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        • John Eli 07/02/2019 / 4:22 pm

          … side note… my previous blogs were not very successful. One was geared as a bible study, one solely involved giving life coaching advice, and one involved politics. It wasn’t until I started being vulnerable and sharing my challenges and triumphs as a human being walking out my faith journey, that my family engaged in my writing and my blog started to grow.

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        • VictorsCorner 07/02/2019 / 5:31 pm

          Thank you John for the additional information. Your story is a confirmation of the belief that readers want to connect with us bloggers on personal levels. if

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        • VictorsCorner 07/02/2019 / 8:19 pm

          As your family and friends regularly read your blog, then there must be something you are doing right. Please keep it up.

          I can see also that you are very focused with your blogging perspectives. Allowing your self to be vulnerable and sharing your stories with anecdotes are good strategies. More power to your elbow.

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        • VictorsCorner 15/02/2019 / 6:22 pm

          You are welcome John. And thank you for reading and commenting.

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  3. nikhop320 06/02/2019 / 5:17 am

    Great post and Oh soooo true. I actually have more friends that read my blog, with the exception of one family member who reads and encourages me always😇 If I’m honest it does hurt my feelings a little when my daughters (27-22) never read and then I see them sharing other common friends blogs.
    It would never keep me from writing because it’s what God has told me to do, but having family support would be nice especially when that’s what you’ve done for them their whole life, lol. God bless you my friend!! 😊

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    • VictorsCorner 06/02/2019 / 9:22 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, having our friends and family read our blog would be something very nice. But where we don’t have it, it should not stop us from writing and sharing the messages God has put in our hearts. After all, apart from family and friends, we have audiences from across the world who are reading our posts.

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  4. Understand546 10/02/2019 / 6:34 pm

    You made alot of valid points. I enjoyed reading this.

    My family don’t know that I have a blog. Only my girlfriend knows.

    My blog is my privacy and this is where I can upload some of my darkest poems

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    • VictorsCorner 10/02/2019 / 6:52 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. I get your points. But why the interest on ‘dark poems’ as you put it?

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  5. Understand546 10/02/2019 / 7:07 pm

    Because those are the type of poems that catch my attention and I feel my darkest poems are some of my best work.
    But I do write happy and sweet poems as well

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  6. musingsalonglifesjourney 11/02/2019 / 10:45 pm

    Not many of my friends/family read my blog regularly, but I don’t expect most of them to since they’re not yet surrendered to Christ and aren’t interested in what I have to say. I’m surprised at how many people DO read my blog regularly!

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    • VictorsCorner 12/02/2019 / 6:09 am

      Thank for the contribution. How I wish your family would come to know Christ too.

      Thanks to everyone who reads our blog regularly.

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