Saturday, 6 June 2015

Olivia's Catastrophe ~ The Book Nerd Label

Hello everyone!

It has been a while since I have done a discussion post, but I really felt in the mood to write one. Mostly because I had some motivation. So this blog post is all about coming out of the hidden blog world and revealing your blog to your friends.


When I started this blog I didn’t purposefully keep it away from my friends. Sure, my closest friends knew about it but I wasn’t focused enough on it in my first year of blogging for it to be of anyone’s concern. Somewhere along the way this year it became known to my year group that I had a blog and it was about books. None of them made fun of me for it apart from slight teasing, and my friends were actually pretty supportive. It sort of made me happy.

So why am I writing about this now? It’s simply because ever since I made my Instagram and Facebook page (both of which are connected to my facebook account) now everyone (well, not everyone, but enough people) know about my book blog and how much I read and adore books! I am actually a shy person in real life sometimes, so it was a bit hard to force myself to invite all my friends to my facebook page because I needed some ground support. In fact I skipped over a lot of people. But then my best friend went and invited everyone she knew too, and she’s friends with nearly everyone in the school xD

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be though. No one made fun of me. I know a few people have seen my videos and I know I have a bit of reputation as being a massive book nerd. But I don’t even mind that, because I sort of am a book nerd and have already accepted that. I don’t think many of them if any of them actually read my blog because I doubt a lot of them are as into books as I am, but it meant a lot to me when they went and liked my facebook page and even like the occasional facebook post. It means a lot to me when they like my book related Instagram pictures. In fact, it all meant so much to me.

Because even though I had never purposefully thought about this before, but I was a bit nervous about coming out to everyone with the fact that I loved reading so much and blogging. But I did and no harm was caused. This place is a free place for anyone to visit online after all. And I am glad everything is out in the open because now it’s just me being me.

It doesn’t mean I don’t squirm with shyness when someone is talking to me about my blog face to face in school. It’s like when someone in school reads something I wrote. It makes me turn into super shy mode. But I’m proud. And it makes me happy in the end :)

New Video! A video review of Allegiant by Veronica Roth. 


Olivia’s Question: Do the people around you know about your blog and how much you like to read? If so, how did it happen? And if not, would you want them to, and why so?

Olivia-Savannah x

48 comments:

  1. No one on my personal FB friends list reads. Well, I never see them talk about books. They don't even know that I blog, but they know I love to read. I have yet to make a page for my blog, but I will soon. It's not that I'm hiding it but the majority of the people I know do nothing but party/drink. I don't do that so I'm considered the party pooper or weird. So I say, why let it be known when they aren't interested anyway. I have maybe 2 associates who read as much as me.

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    1. Oh, I understand - they simply have different interests. If you do make that facebook page you should let me know :) It's always a shame when you don't have too many readers around you as well :(

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  2. Some of the people I'm friends with on FB know about my blog; not all. I should invite a few more to check out my blog and/or my FictionZeal FB page. Guess I'm getting up the nerve like you did. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. It's always great to share with those around you, and they might be more supportive than you first think ^^

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  3. Not many know about my blog, but everyone that knows me at least a bit knows that I'm almost always with my nose in a book and most of them are cool about it.
    Andreea Catsfika

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    1. I think it's cool when everyone knows what your hobby is ^.^

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  4. My closest friends know about it and they are great supporters, my husband thinks I am off my head plus he moans when I get more books. I don't go out of my way to tell other people, I always get worried thinking they'd read it and think it is awful! Great post!

    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

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    1. It's good that you have friends which are great supporters! I know what you mean about not going out of the way though -- there isn't really a reason to feel the need to. I can understand how some might not understand the love for books though xD

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  5. My close friends and family know about the blog but not many other people. I like having it separate to school because just like reading it is my escape sometimes <3 of course many still know I'm a booknerd! And I don't mind that at all

    Most recent post on Enchanted by YA: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.com/2015/06/review-magic-study-study-2-by-maria-v.html

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    1. Yes, sometimes it can be good to have your blog as your own escape!

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  6. I'm the same as well, I used to keep my blog away from close friends and family. Now, my parents, siblings, and some of my closest friends know. I also have told a couple of my closest friends, but that's mainly it. I like keeping it separate from my school life though, great post overall <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I think it is pretty nice that your family and closest friends know ^^

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  7. How awesome that you decided it was okay to let the people who know how much you love books. I know it can be hard to let people see something about you that you are very passionate about because it makes you feel vulnerable. It sounds like you got a lot of support from the people in your year at school. Yeah! :)

    I enjoyed your video review. I recently read Allegiant. I wasn't sure about the two point of views. I know it had to happen, but I thought it kind of took away from the story for me. I am still not sure about how I felt about the ending. It was definitely different. I just read Four- which is a whole bunch of events from the series from Tobias's point of view.

    Happy reading!

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    1. Yes, I think the vulnerability is probably the hardest thing to handle. But it all ended out alright :)

      Some people don't like the two points of views because they were too similar to each other as well, but I did like it. I need to read Four still!

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  8. Aww that is fabulous that your friends have been so nice about it! My friends kind of do not care about it. Like, they know it exists, and the enter my giveaways I guess because they just want free books, but they don't generally bother with it otherwise. My parents have recently started reading it- at first they thought it was stupid, but then they realized that they actually liked it haha, go figure! And I definitely don't care if people know I am a huge book nerd, because I absolutely am :)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. I think it is great that your parents enjoy it and are following you right now ^^ And even though they might not seem to care, it is good that they can accept your booknerdness ;)

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  9. Yeah a lot of people know that I have a book blog - I get pretty defensive when I found out that some of the have been reading it but I get over it quickly and try to forget about it, haha. Can't let anyone get in the way of my passion for my hobby!!

    Great post, Olivia :)

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    1. Yes! That's the spirit to have ;) Don't let knowing that affect your writing in any way - stay just as original as you are now.

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  10. I too felt the same about being shy and all when I first started my blog and was bit cynical about the whole blogging idea and letting my friends know about it. FYI: My parents still don't know about my blog, including most of my friends, except the close ones!

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    1. It is good that some people know though! And it can be pretty hard to let everyone know at first :3

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  11. I always forget that there are people who think that reading a lot is weird. I guess that's why we blog -- to connect with other people like us. It's so interesting that a lot of us are secret bloggers. My family and close friends know, but it's not like a thing I talk about to people I don't know well...

    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. I suppose those around me aren't like that, but I do know some are out there xd It really does help to have blogging to escape, and relate with others as well in that case.

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  12. Hehe, I love that ecard. If only we can read all the time.

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  13. I didn't tell many about my blog at first either. Most everyone does know now. I am glad you are feeling better about the whole thing! Be a reader and be proud! I am glad you are happy! :D I understand the whole being shy thing. Great post!

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    1. I am definitely proud to being a reader now ;) Maybe I am still shy, but getting over it ;)

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  14. I feel exactly the same way, still haven't told my friends about my blog.. don't know how they would react

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    1. Yeah, it isn't easy for everyone :/ But hopefully you can get there at some point if you want to!

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  15. I feel you, girl. I never told anyone I was book blogging, except for my close friends and they're actually very supportive of it, until when I realized I had to reach out. I've also used my personal instagram as my blog's instagram too, so people are now finding out that I read too much and it's fun to find out that some of my followers (prior to turning it into a bookstagram account) are also readers as well. Plus, when I created a Facebook page, I was conflicted whether or not I should invite a lot of people to like it, but I ended up doing it anyway and I've got a lot of positive feedback from people too. People are actually awesome. It just doesn't show everyday, lol. Glad that you braved the whole thing and kudos to your school mates for being supportive! :)

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

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    1. Using my personal instragram as my book related one and inviting people to my facebook page was how the majority of them found out in the first place. But it is good that you reached out and nice to see all the positive feedback coming in!

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  16. I think most of my friends and family know that I have a blog, and that I love to read and write too. My daughter also reads tons and tons of books, and we talk about books lots, but sometimes I suppose other people might think we're a bit obsessed!

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    1. It's nice to have your daughter as a reader partner around the house! Nothing wrong with a healthy little addiction ;)

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  17. My closest friends and family know, but I don't think they care a lot about it. I just posted my first video a few days ago and I still don't want anyone from my family to know, I'm just too shy!!

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    1. You should share the video on your blog as well! That's how I originally felt about my videos as well.

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  18. Only my closest friends and family know about my blog. Very few people at work know about it. Very few people knew I wrote and published a poetry chapbook until the EVP at work shouted me out at a work conference to the entire staff last month. Well, all eyes were definitely on shy lil old me. Yet that still doesn't count, as I'm still in the closet about admitting to other people, some family members, acquaintances & strangers, that I'm a writer. I'm just too shy and nervous to come right out and say it.

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    1. I think when it comes to being a writer then maybe it would help because you could get a lot of support and you never know who has the right connections to help you out. Increasing the amount of people you know around you could increase your rate of success!

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  19. my facebook friends don't read either, but I am so proud of being a reader. It's like a badges of honor to post about being a book nerd.

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    1. You should be proud and I am glad that you are ^.^

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  20. I'm glad you're having such a positive experience with it! I had blogs before that I didn't tell people about, but when I created Reviews and Cake last year I had no intention of keeping it secret. I still don't tell everyone I meet right away obviously, but I don't mind if someone reads it either. That said, I don't think a lot of my friends do (hmph :D). It has happened twice that one of my friends casually mentioned something I wrote on my blog in conversation and I was like ...you're reading it? I didn't even know, you lurker. :D So I'm aware that people I know can read it and sometimes it influences me a bit, but I'd say all in all I like my blog and if people want to read it, I'm happy about that. :) I did invite a few friends to like the facebook page, but I couldn't get myself to invite the whole friends list haha. The facebook page is literally just like 7 friends & family members, so yeah... it's not exactly the most effective platform for my blog. :D :D

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    1. Well, that means I better go like your facebook page right about now :D But yeah, it can be difficult to let people know and it's cool that you let it be out in the open about this one. You don't have to bring it up, but more so it's about not hiding it. Oh, and it's pretty cool that some do read it ^.^

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  21. I actually haven't told anyone about my blog! My brother knows because he found me on Goodreads and discovered my blog through the links listed there. He told my mom and she got a button with "Reading is My Treasure" on it made for me, but I've never purposely told anyone yet. My closest friends would probably think it's pretty cool that I have a blog, but it's kinda private for me and I'm a really private person offline.

    I'll eventually talk to people about my blog and maybe even send them a link to it! I just have to wait until I'm more comfortable with it. :)

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    1. It's perfectly okay if you aren't read to share it yet, so take your time with that as well. It's cool that your mother did that for you when she did find out ^^

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  22. Well, everyone in my school knows I'm a huge bookworm because in my school we have this thing where once you finish a book, you can take a quiz on it, and you win a certain amount of points depending on how much of the questions you got right. And I kinda almost got 1,000 points by the end of the year so the teachers awarded me for that during one of our school award ceremonies. But I've never actually told anyone face to face that I blog, though I have the link to my blog on basically all my social media accounts which my friends/people from school follow me. I've actually been thinking about making a facebook page for my blog but I'm not entirely sure ^^

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    1. Bookworms for the win! You should be chuffed that you could get so many points ahaha. Maybe they will discover it on their own through those links, so it is good that you have them there. Let me know if you ever do make a facebook page!

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  23. I definitely know what you mean about sharing with friends. I have a few close friends who know about the blog, but that's it! Some family members know too. Otherwise I've kept it under wraps. I just don't feel comfortable yet with them reading my stuff D:

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    1. And it is best for you to wait until you are completely comfortable with the idea of it. But it is good that some know already :3

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  24. It's great that you're proud of your bookwormy-ness Olivia, that's never a bad thing! Sometimes I guess it could be hard for people to understand the extent of how much people like us love books, but at least we can hope to open their minds more to reading through blogging about it. Lovely post :)

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    1. Yes I know what you mean. Sometimes I find it difficult to understand how people can spend so much time with their hobbies as well, but it all comes down to a matter of what they like to do.

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