Should I tell my mom I have a blog?

Who knows you have a blog in real life?  Friends?  Family?  Parents?  Kids?

Both of our life partners know.  But nobody else.  DH almost let it slip to my sister.

And JD Roth from Get Rich Slowly knows who we are.  That’s pretty random though.

21 Responses to “Should I tell my mom I have a blog?”

  1. Sandy L Says:

    My close friends (my facebook friends) know who I am..some of which are work people. The good thing is my blog is banned at work as porn, so hopefully it won’t come back to bite me.

    Some of my family members don’t know..and certainly Babci has no idea I write about her to the whole world. I specifically haven’t told my cousin cuz she’d think all the articles were somehow directly about her.

    I don’t write anything that I wouldn’t also share openly. I’m also careful about sharing too much work stuff for conflict of interest purposes. And I never post comments or posts on my own blog during normal business hours in case people are checking up on me and wondering if I’m blogging instead of working.

    Lastly I bought my own PC, so that I didn’t do any blogging or commenting from work. I’m sure I’m not doing everything perfectly, but that’s what I do.

    I’d be open to meeting some of my blogging buddies if they were ever in town or vice versa.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Man, I must have missed the pornography! Maybe it’s the golf clubs.

      • Sandy L Says:

        I have no idea why my blog is flagged as porn. The closest thing to profanity is the word “puke”…At first, I didn’t understand when I went on my Alexa page, on their suggested link list, why it says “you might also like” Diarrhea.

        I’ve already spent some time with my host to try to figure out the porn thing, but they were just scratching their heads.

        If nothing else, it’s humbling and I have a lot to learn about the mechanics of this cyber world.

  2. Sandy L Says:

    I think if my boss ever found out and asked me about it, I’d tell him that I’m an engineer and my writing is crappy and this was my way to work on one of my development needs..written communication.

  3. Crystal @ BFS Says:

    Everyone knows about mine – I even use it in my resume. So far, other than my mom and dad absolutely hating that I give net worth updates, it’s been good. It would be impossible for me not to tell everyone since I spend so much time on it – it’s always on my mind. :-)

  4. Everyday Tips Says:

    My mom knows, but not my brothers. (Not sure why, must be something in my brain that keeps me from telling them.)

    I told the friends I have that I thought would be interested. It isn’t a big secret though. I have even thought of getting one of those stickers you can put on your car that says ‘www.everydaytipsandthoughts.com’. Haven’t gotten that far yet though.

  5. Molly On Money Says:

    I’m like Crystal, everyone knows. In the beginning my parents would leave bizarre comments. I loved it! If I ask them to continue they won’t because they don’t think they are all that unusual. My father-in-law also comments but writes like he doesn’t know who we are-it’s very funny. My Mother-in-law sends me article on the dangers of being to open in ones blog.
    Ask yourself what you think would change if you told your Mom and other family members. There’s two of you to consider. If one tells it may effect the other.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      I think we’re probably fine on that, unless #2’s mom decides she wants to move to my rural hometown and join my mom’s kickboxing class… their paths will probably never pass.

  6. MutantSupermodel Says:

    I share some of blog posts on a local community website. When those get featured on the front page, I let my family know. If they did some clicking, they’d see the link to my blog. I’ve given my blog to a few long-distance friends but doubt they read it. I just don’t feel comfortable with the idea of too many people I know personally reading my life especially as I deal with financial stresses and other things. I guess if you’ve felt the need to keep under wraps what’s suddenly changed that?

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      We’ve actually been wondering this specific thing since we started the blog, but didn’t have enough of a readership to ask! (I mean, we know that the universe knows about Donna Freedman’s blog, and for a while she was our only reader!)

  7. Money Reasons Says:

    My dad knows, but he doesn’t know the URL, and has never asked.

    It would be a good way to spread the word though… I’m anonymous because I work in the financial industry, and even though I’m a techie, it’s still frowned upon…

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  9. Meg Says:

    My husband knows I have one, but not the web address. I have only told 2 of my friends that wouldnt be surprised at what is written.

    Other than that, no one other then the blog community I follow.

  10. Suba @ Wealth Informatics Says:

    My close family (husband, sister, parents and inlaws) knows, but only my sister and husband read the blog. No one knows at work and I don’t want them to know :) After the So. Cal. bloggers meet, a few bloggers know me, but for the rest of the world I plan to keep it semi anonymous as long as I can.

  11. Rumpus Says:

    My “solution” was to make it as boring as possible to anyone other than myself. I told several people about it and never had to worry about them looking a second time.

  12. Donna Freedman Says:

    Given that you have jobs in academia, it might be better to remain anonymous. Some pissy administrator might hold it against you, especially if one of your posts took out after pissy administrators.
    My family and friends know about my site, and once a week something of mine gets re-posted on MSN Money’s Smart Spending blog — which bears my name and a picture of my face, so stealth is out of the question.
    So far there’s been no fuss about my content, although there were some cranky comments at the end of “Who would Jesus strafe?,” a post I did on immigration. My father never mentions that one to me, probably because he doesn’t want to start an argument — he, alas, listens to Glenn Beck. :-(

  13. me in millions Says:

    I’m 95% anonymous. None of my friends or family know about my blog, but I’ve met some other bloggers IRL. I like being able to be honest about my finances and life without being worried about being judged. Money is SUCH a taboo topic!

  14. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    So I sent my mom the link with her promise not to tell. Her reaction (after not having a reaction until I asked for one): She hasn’t looked at it much.

    Ahh, all that agonizing over nothing. That’s ok, it’s a curse to live in interesting times, so having a dull life is a good thing! Maybe more cute grandkid stories…


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