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.