Hide and Seek (Why I’m camera shy)

A part of why I love living in London so much is that feeling of anonymity you can get in your own home town. I of course have my friends and family who can spot me a mile off, (usually staring vacantly into space or eating a cake) but then there are those bus journeys, tube rides, museum trips and park strolls where no one knows who I am and I can return again and again, never seeing the same person twice.

In my three years of blogging I have not once shown a full picture of myself (although again, my friends are looking at this pic thinking it’s OBVIOUS that it’s me) but it’s a decision I made at the beginning and am now thinking about again, as my readership has significantly grown since then.

I have never really talked much about Pre-Blog-Poppy (PBP) as I never considered it to make particularly interesting reading.. but I thought that I should maybe fill you in as to why I’m being a little more camera shy than most other bloggers out there.

A little while ago, after several years in the music industry I had a brief taste of the very beginnings of fame. Don’t get me wrong – I was never super duper crazy famous, but I did have a couple of experiences where people I didn’t know seemed to know me, and liked to shout at me, point at me and stop me on buses.

Suddenly I was very easy to find.

It didn’t feel right to me and I could see the direction it was heading, so I made one of the hardest decisions of my life and got off the bus… and breathed a huge sigh of relief. (And then I panicked as I had to get a job, but that’s a whole other story.)

I value my privacy so much more now after that experience and feel very lucky to live in a place where I can be anonymous as well as part of the fabric of my local community.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your loyalty and readership over the years – it means so much knowing that you’re following my blog because you like what I write, rather than how I look.

So, for now I hope you’ll forgive me for being behind the camera instead of in front of it, and perhaps in a little while, when I’m feeling a bit braver, I’ll pop up and surprise you.

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