Blogging Insights – Family and Friends

I believe this is the first time I have done this blog activity hosted by Dr. Tanya.

For this week’s Blogging Insightsย edition, she wants to know what our family and friends think of our blogs.

How supportive are your family (or friends) of your blog?

They support me the right way — the way I want it. I have been blogging for ages. My first blog was in Live Journal early 2000s and I moved to this platform called around 2007. My sisters and I were a lot younger back then and they support me by NOT READING them at all. That’s the best thing sisters can give you when you’re young (early 20s) — your own space.

When I got a little older, I have moved to Blogger and started monetizing my site. My friends and family supported me with traffic. They even helped in promoting my blog because at that time, I write for stats because I was earning some cash from it.

NOW that my blog is not monetized and I do not have sponsors, I keep it at peace — away from family. My friends are the same. I have a Facebook page for momshiediaries that my friends are probably seeing floating around but given the microblogging bandwagon, I am certain that they hardly touch Safari or Chrome. I tell my family about my blog but they’re like, “meh.”

The one who listens to my stories, the one who knows of MisterBump, Melanie, Marcus and Micah, Sean, Fandango, Ed, Oneta among many others is my sister Fae. She listens attentively with interest as I retell the blog posts I have recently read or the interactions thereafter. For me, that’s the best support she can give me because I don’t want her randomly commenting on my blog either. I mean, same with her SMULE account. I never dared comment on her posts. As for Reddit, we both believe we’re anonymous, but I so know who she is (her handle’s a giveaway)… and I guess she does know of mine too.

So yeah… we’re supportive that way. We don’t burst our bubbles ๐Ÿ˜€

Do they do anything to help with your blogging efforts?

No. They don’t. They keep a safe distance.

Do they read your work and offer a critique, if so, how do you react to it?

We don’t really discuss this matter. I assume that they do not read because that’s how I like it. Nah, I don’t think they read it. I mean I have no secrets and I practically tell them everything about what I write in my blog but I’d prefer that they do not.

If ever that they read it, they won’t ever offer a critique. That I am sure because I had an FB breakdown last year (hence the deletion of my personal account) and they never said a word right after. Like it never happened. LOL.

We are weird that way.

29 thoughts on “Blogging Insights – Family and Friends

      1. Because I want to make my marriage work I am investing time and energy in two areas: I am learning as much as I can about how relationships work, and I am learning as much as I can about my wife’s culture and language and I am putting these things I learn together in a big file that becomes the basis of this blog

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        1. Oh that! I thought you were referring to the more personal aspect of your relationship.

          About sa hindi pagiging supportive ni misis sa blog mo, has she read your blog or not at all?

          Kasi my husband, it’s not that he is not supportive… he just do not have an interest at all… baka iba ang platflorm na type ni misis?

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            1. Hindi naman siguro. Kasi teacher si misis diba? I am sure she will value such an activity. Baka her personality is kind of reserved. Pwedeng iniisip nya na blogging over exposes us? Or something…


                1. Haha. Naiintindihan ko si misis kasi ang mga babae ang nag-iisip ng mga ganun na sensible reasons.

                  Yung asawa ko kasi is plain, walang pakialam, maexpose, or not, hindi nya yun need malaman kasi ibang ang mundo nya from me.

                  But women care that way. Kaya gets ko si misis.


                  1. Get ko rin siya, at bilang maibiging asawa wala akong magagawa kundi irespeto iyon. Tutal malapit ang paa ko sa kagalingan at si Gregorio del Pilay ay babalik sa trabaho in 2 weeks so mahirap mag-blog araw araw kapag trabaho na. Pwede lang minsan o twice a week kaya menos ang reklamo ni misis

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    1. It was a trend back then. My fellow bloggers do it, so I got enticed to participate. We have sponsors like Nivea, Dove, Cetaphil ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ they’d give us products and publish their “ready made” PR materials…

      Some airline companies would make us publish their promos and I was targeted because I am a Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia where lots of Filipinos who can avail of their products and they thought I have enough traffic to spread their news.

      I used blogger back then and google suite was easier to understand…

      When I was a new mom, I was sponsored by some baby brands and it can get exciting, seeing that you’re getting paid and you get goodies, but I guess I loved getting paid for doing something I liked and publishing pre-made materials isn’t as exciting and having tight deadlines isn’t my thing… I needed freedom.

      I stopped and never came back.

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  1. I would like my friends and few selected cousins to read. It gives me a reassurance that its going right way.. everyone is different that way. They never criticize it but sometimes I feel they just do it because they are close to me. But they are few friends who never read my blog its their right and choice. But I feel they can support me and encourage me. Nevertheless I always try to encourage any new work of my friends and family as I feel a little support is needed to venture into new things…

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    1. Yes! We sometimes need that kind of reassurance from family, from people who matter to us most… & thank you for being encouraging to friends and family… everyone needs that positive boost!

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  2. You have been around for a long time! My first blog existed in 2006, I think. Then Micah Does, then this one. It is fun, isnโ€™t it? Not sure if my famiy reads our blog, but they know we have one. But I totally understand your experience. Space is always great!

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    1. Thanks Sean… yes, yours is a household name ๐Ÿ˜€ I only get to see my sisters on weekends and we share about our days of the week and the stories we’ve come across… they love what you said about My Mister. They are so amazed at how much you liked it (because I first described who / what you are)… they even told our dad to watch it too because of your recommendation ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. You’ve set some respectful boundaries and it appears that your family is okay with them. Sometimes it’s a lot easier if our nearest and dearest don’t read our stuff. I’ve never encouraged my family to read mine. I doubt they know the location for one thing. But. I did find out to my great shock that they do know I blog. I’ve been asked to mentor nieces or nephews when they had to do one for a school project in the past. Sometimes we’re not as invisible as we might think. Sharing is fine too. Thanks for the mention Janis! I enjoy reading your blog! โ˜บ

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    1. You are right about being not as invisible as we think… because they were just probably waiting for you to open up, start a convo or a story about your blog ๐Ÿ˜€

      It must have been truly shocking to discover that they knew of your blog ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      Nevertheless… we won’t be publishing things that are too much for our families to handle either… We’re safe ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. Hi Janis, Happh Sunday! I hope you are doing well! From your past experience do you think monetizing your Blog is worth it? I’m not sure where this whole blogging thing is taking me but I’m definitely pushing my own boundaries and learning as I go!

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    1. It was worth the extra cash, ie I was able to have my custom domain maintained, premium blog, plus some brands may draft you as their ambassador… free goodies are the best but it can be time consuming and deadlines can be quite stressful too. It takes away the joy of blogging sometimes…

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