Does your family read your blog?

Arti
Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

A lot of us do keep talking about friends reading our blogs, but what about family? Do they read your blog? Does that bother you or do you find it encouraging? What do they make of your entire blogging activity?

Just curious, would love to hear you out! Please share Smile

 

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Soumabha RayChaudhuri
Soumabha RayChaudhuri
from Noida
8 years ago

My family members do read my blog, some posts they like some they don't they are my source for good positive criticism for a post. But they always complain that I spend too much time blogging and that I shd be 'studying' which makes me angry

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Wonderful, parents as a source of positive criticism goes a long way in inspiration to always put our best foot forward! Any advice they give is always for our best :)

Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

and what about you.... do you think that you're keeping a balance between blogging and studies or not? If you honestly think 'yes' then continue along the same line by humbly dealing with them... otherwise listen to what they are telling Wink

Anunoy Samanta
Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

what about family? Do they read your blog?

- No... 'hardly' to be humble Undecided

Does that bother you or do you find it encouraging?

- I'm used to it I guess and started to find it encouraging off late! Why? .... because I won't have to justify for every incident of vomiting after the party Sealed

What do they make of your entire blogging activity?

- Some drink, some drive, rest drink & drive... if few aliens are left out, they blog... after all something you need to do right? Tongue out

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

You are a free bird, enjoy your flight Smile

Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

not trying to sound greyish, but something I tell you which can't be denied even by most prudent thinkers- wings do have expiry dates Smile

I concur here with Anunoy ji. 

Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

Aare Pramod-da how fortunate I'm Tongue out ...

let me fly little higher Innocent

Well my brothers do read my blog sometimes and encourage me but greatest shock to me came when I saw a comment from my father. I had written a story about Father son relationship and he had jotted down a few kind words of encouragment on the facebook page for my block. It was a rather pleasant surprise for me beacause he is quite the strict kinds and I had never imagined he would have appreciated my spending my time writing. Still I have never discussed the incident with him Foot in mouth

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

That is touching. Lucky you, you have a silent admirer in none other than your father! That episode needed no discussions.. you should have just gone and given him a big jaadu ki jhappi Wink Can you share the link to that story please, would love to have a read. Smile

Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

You know what I feel Manavendra, may be your father wanted to see your happy face seeing his comment on your page.... and by not discussing the incident with him you denied him of that pleasure Yell

I started blogging in December 2009. My parents got to know that I have a blog just 2-3 months back. Since then they come to my blog to read. Though I never asked them to read. But won't mind the other way too! Smile

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

That is a long time after you started that your parents got to know of it. Why didnt you tell them before? Now that they have started reading, do they comment on your writings, may be not in blog but in person or are they just reading it?

I don't know why, I just didn't told them about this. 

My sister does comment, while my parents just read them, they don't comment on the blog, but do comment in person. They're encouraging in a way! Smile

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

That is wonderful Ritwik, I'm sure your sister is a big motivator for you. Siblings play a huge role to keep our spirits high. Smile

Lokesh
Lokesh
from Bangalore
8 years ago

My Wife supports and encourages me in writing blogs. Recently she started her own blog and we both blog in different CategoriesSmile

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Wow, that's really nice! Congratulations! Smile I guess your wife must be on IB as well. What topic does her blog deal with?

Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

Oh what a bliss! Tongue out

Shalu Sharma
Shalu Sharma
from Patna, Delhi
8 years ago

The more you tell your family and friends to read your blog, more they seem to run away from it. Now I don't bother telling them. 

Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

hehehe that's how gradually you get a new set of friends suited for blogosphere Tongue out

Purnendu
Purnendu
from Pune
8 years ago

My Exs read my blog.. do they count as family ? :P

Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

why not.... planet earth itself a big family Wink

Manavendra Bhardwaj
from New Delhi
8 years ago

I wish mine also did !! Cool

Bhakti Sharma
from Pune
8 years ago

That's a good one...do you count them as family?

 

Purnendu
from Pune
8 years ago

Ya kindda family Tongue out

Pooja Pradeep
Pooja Pradeep
from Bangalore
8 years ago

My sister-in-law reads me blogLaughing. Actually she is the only one I've allowed toTongue out. I don't let anyone else read it cause I don't feel comfortableUndecided. But I know that my brother reads itYell. But he doesn't comment on it because he knows I wouldn't be comfortableLaughingTongue out. But he keeps telling my Bhabhi that I write well itseemsSurprisedand she tells it to meTongue out.

Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

So by now you should be comfortable right? Wink

Pooja Pradeep
from Bangalore
8 years ago

NopeTongue out. I still hope he doesn'tUndecided but he still doesYell.

Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

ok tell me one good reason why don't you want him to read them? :)

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Ah, brothers! they always find a way, dont they? Wink

Pooja Pradeep
from Bangalore
8 years ago

Anunoy Samanta Cause he'll get to know everythingSurprisedTongue out. All my mischeifMoney mouthTongue out.

Arti Di: YeahSurprisedWonder how?SurprisedFoot in mouth

DS
DS
from Mumbai
8 years ago
My Dad reads I guess!!! He once told me that he loved the post on Jhansi Ki Rani that I had submitted for the kfc contest. I was pleasantly surprised and just sheepishly thanked him!! Never again my blog has been discussed, think he never liked any other post...
Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

"he never liked any other post..." - no brother, it's all about diversity in interest I guess Undecided

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

@DS Wonderful, DS! In addition to thanking him, perhaps you could have added - keep reading. May be your sheepish thanking, gave him an inkling that his reading your blog was making you conscious. Hence, your blog was never discussed again... Just a thought.

DS
from Mumbai
8 years ago

I think you are right Arti!!! Maybe I should add those words sometime soon!!

Tulika
Tulika
from Pune
8 years ago

Interesting thread Arti. I started my blog to keep my mum and sister updated about my kids, so yes, they do read it. A lot of other family members read it too excpet .... The Husband. I'm not sure that's a good thing or a bad one :-). But I have to admit praise from family is a whole different thing. Despite me being a journalist, they're surprised when I come up with a specially good post each time :-I.

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

So that is the secret of how a wonderful journalist blogger keeps her feet firmly rooted in the earth Smile

Subhorup Dasgupta
Subhorup Dasgupta
from Hyderabad
8 years ago

Thank you Arti for starting this thread. I have never thought about this, since for many years, my family were the only readers I had. There are times today when some of the things I share tend to be ground for debate among the family but I am still glad that they read. It is encouraging, of course, but I see the point about whether that would stop you from sharing some things that you might otherwise have been comfortable sharing. In my case, I believe that if there are things that I am uncomfortable sharing with my family, I would want to reexamine the basis of my relationships.

Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

Well said Doc...  but I think all bloggers are not in the same stage as you're in... so accordingly some are lucky and some aren't yet Tongue out

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Thanks for sharing, Subhorup.

I believe that if there are things that I am uncomfortable sharing with my family, I would want to reexamine the basis of my relationships.

I second that, I believe in that too.

TangyTomatoTwist
TangyTomatoTwist
from Bangalore
8 years ago

Interesting topic Arti ... My hubby and sis read my blog ... infact if I am not sure about some story or poem I take my hubby's opinion ( its a diff thing that I do just the opposite of what he suggests ;) ) 

But the only thing is they don't comment on my blog ...they just tell me verbally whereas I would have loved it if they commented on my blog ... 

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

I haven't seen many family members commenting on blogs too unless they are bloggers themselves. Wonder what keeps them away... perhaps they think their presence will spoil our blogging rhythm?

Leo
Leo
from Bengaluru
8 years ago

Nope. And I'd like to keep it that way Tongue out

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Someone needs to tell them, WHAT they are missing Innocent

Leo
from Bengaluru
8 years ago
They are missing a lot other than my blog. That what they're missing is so much that missing my blog is fine. Its my personal space away from family. They don't need to read it.
DS
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Hehe!! Guess you switched to wp because of some such reason!!?

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Point noted, sir. All the layers may not always be there to be seen or imagined. Great going, any which ways. Smile

TF Carthick
TF Carthick
from Bangalore
8 years ago

Arti - You still have not answered your questions yourself.

Anunoy Samanta
from Bardhaman
8 years ago

may be she wants to hear from us first... including you Tongue out

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

TF, I have answered now. Please give your answers as well. :)

Niyati Mavinkurve
Niyati Mavinkurve
from Mumbai
8 years ago

I think they do! Sometimes they ask me why they can't comment :p but they never tell me their opinions to my face

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Even my family reserves their comments most of the times! And I have the same question for you - why they cant comment?

Aryaansh Sood
Aryaansh Sood
from Chandigarh
8 years ago

They Don't Even Know.....I Just Don't Want Them To....Read It

But Someone used to ...who was just like a family member ...lost track of her ...

And Now maybe she doesn't ...!!

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Ah, that's a bit touchy... but then, we never really know..

Arti
Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

I forcibly send my posts to my brother to proof read them, so he reads it Tongue out And I share this thing with my father, that the day he stops reading my blog or tells me that he no longer likes what I write, I will stop blogging. Smile

DS
from Mumbai
8 years ago

And I share this thing with my father, that the day he stops reading my blog or tells me that he no longer likes what I write, I will stop blogging. Smile

 

Dont think the day will ever come!!!

TF Carthick
TF Carthick
from Bangalore
8 years ago

I did not really mean to get my family to my blog. But somehow my prospective bride had stumbled on my blog even before I met her for the first time. Eventually after marriage, I enlisted her to proof read most of my posts. Then my brother-in-law's then girl friend stumbled upon it and became a frequent visitor and one of the most regular people to comment. Somehow she is not so regular at my blog after her wedding though. To get readers I had synchronized to Facebook. So many of my school, college friends and current/former office colleagues would be aware of my blog. My father also came across my blog when he started his FB account and added me. He follows me rgularly and also goes around giving the link of the blog to relatives as well. My in-laws are also aware of the blog but don't frequent it.

So in short everyone knows my blog. So I need to be very careful what I write there. Definitely can't write personal experiences openly as whatever I write, definitely some characters in the story will be reading my blog. Similarly even if mustered courage I can't do strong political satire as dad will get alarmed. 

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Very interesting TF, guess, as our blogs start getting older... the wrappings we lay on it tend to come off.

My case is somewhat similar to yours when it comes to the distant family, of aunts and cousins. I never wanted them to read my blog. But after the Japan trip happened, most of them got to know about it. But even now, I dont think they read it... neither do they value it. It is only my immediate family that is a source of encouragement.

Anyways coming back to you, does your father also advice you on blogging related things like whether you should be doing blog reviews or not, or any such thing?

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
8 years ago

@Arti - You would be surprised to know that he takes active interest in my blog. He in fact even visits even your blog and those of many other blog friends of mine. Though he never comments, he often inquires about the other bloggers and discusses blog posts with me. Of course he advices and one thing he always keeps warning me against is political satire.

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Thank you very much for sharing TF. I am super delighted to know about him reading my blog. wow! You visiting my blog itself is such an honor, your father visiting is double honor. Please convey my thanks to him. Smile

wow,  fool, cheers..

Archetypes India
Archetypes India
from Mumbai
8 years ago

My blogs are read by Mostly the non-bloggers i.e. Public, a few Bloggers, and FRANKLY none by the family (they might read after my death :-))

Arti
from Mumbai
8 years ago

Your target audience reads what you write is great! Till we get our family into it, let's just keep those hopes alive :)

Stagg Mann
Stagg Mann
from Stagg Landd
8 years ago

They will disown me if they did :). I'm even careful about which friends I show my blog too.


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