Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Outside Looking In (on Blogging)

Hi friends! On Monday, I was part of Johanna's (101 Things I love) fall blog series. She's a fellow Chicago lady : ) Head over to her blog for your daily dose of fashion, fall favorites, and one sweet baby girl!

We spent this past weekend up at the lake. While chatting with TG's stepmom, I was reminded that blogging is...well, a little weird to non bloggers.

Before I started this blog, I would have thought it was a little strange too. I suppose I can still see why people might think it's odd.

Especially when I say things like this on a daily basis:
-"My blog friend ______ went/ate there! It's good."
-"I'm meeting my blog friend _____ for drinks tonight"
-"I'm so excited about this blogger event coming up"

So, yeah. I have friends on the internet. There you have it.

I'm from a small(ish) town where blogging is certainly not the norm. And meeting people on the internet seems creepy and brings thoughts of criminal activity to mind. Let's be honest. 2 years ago I would have thought the same thing. But not anymore.

Blogs make me feel so connected. To people. Places. Restaurants. And to just generally being in the know.

It's quite the community, really. So thank you for reading and leaving kind words of encouragement/support.

Favor: will you leave me a comment and let me know you're a reader? Or just say hi! I'd love to check out your blogs too!

I would appreciate it! Thanks!

27 comments:

  1. Ha, I can relate. You feel slightly weird talking about your "friends."

    http://www.ourlifebeyondthegame.blogspot.com/

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  2. Well said. And very true. It's also weird when you see your blogger friends and you know what they've been up to for the past week. Somewhat voyeuristic but kinda funny. It really is a cool thing to meet so many women supporting each other!

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  3. My mom and boyfriend always laugh and me and try and make me feel stupid when I refer to my blog friends as 'friends'. They claim I don't even know them. I beg to differ. We know a lot more about each other than most of my real life friends. We are always there to support each other and make each other feel less alone. http://www.jnmcreativedreams.blogspot.com

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  4. Oh my gosh Hannah, I could not agree with this post more! We seriously need to get together and meet soon- I think us Southern girls would have so much in common. Alex {Things that Sparkle} says her fiance calls the blog girls "her Internet friends"...makes me laugh :)

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  5. I couldn't agree with you more. People who are not part of the blogger community don't get it. My boyfriend calls my blogger friends my internet friends. I have tried to explain to him that since I have hung out with many of these girls more than one time and so I have now moved them into the real life friend category. Can't wait to meet you so soon. :)

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  6. Very well said! I had a hard time at first with this hurdle ~ explaining to other "non-bloggers" that it's not creepy to start friendships via blogging. For the longest while, my friendships formed were with women in different cities though, so I'm definitely looking forward to meeting some of you Chicago ladies soon!

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  7. I always think of an old sorority quote when it comes to blogging...From the outside looking in you can't understand it, from the inside looking out You can't explain it.

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  8. I'm with you in thinking that blogging gives a great sense of community and keeps you connected! When I moved to Chicago this past July, I started following a bunch of Chicago blogs (including yours), and I feel like I've learned SO much about the city through reading all the posts from the different gals -- it's great!

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  9. You said it right! The blog world is so very different to non-bloggers. I enjoy reading your blog! :) I'm originally from a small town as well, and just recently moved to Atlanta. Hearing about your transition to Chicago has been fun!!

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  10. So can relate!


    Colorfulrelationships.blogspot.com

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  11. Hello my friend! I like to say that non-bloggers have no idea what they're missing out on! :)

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  12. I agree that non-bloggers will think you are totally crazy for meeting people on the internet. And they do not understand what a blog or blogger is at all, no matter how many times you explain it. I somehow have managed to change how I say "I saw that on a blog" to "I saw that online". It saves me a lot of looks and a lot of hassle!

    http://matthewandmorgandaughtridge.blogspot.com/

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  13. couldn't agree more! i have family members who have no clue i have a blog. it is just easier this way...they won't get it. the relationships that have been formed through blogging have been awesome!

    welcome to chicago! i hope you are enjoying this awesome fall we are having! it is very rare for us to actually get a fall - it is not uncommon for us to from winter straight to summer or summer straight to winter.

    here is the link to my blog: http://wearethesheppards.wordpress.com/

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  14. I love your blog!

    http://projectsoiree.blogspot.com/

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  15. Great thoughts! I love having a blog and my family and friends actually love my daily inspirations...just need to make sure I maintain a balance in everything else in life!! You are a terrific blogger and keep it up! Enjoy your weekend xoxo http://twirlingclare.blogspot.com/

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  16. I totally get this. People thought it was weird that i had a blog at first but now that they read it and it has grown they get it. (Also I turned a lot of my people into blog readers. Haha)

    http://lachapstickfanatiqueblogspot.com

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  17. You got it right! My husband (jokingly) makes fun of me all the time when I talk about my 'internet friends'. I love the friendships though...it's an awesome community.

    totalbassetcase.blogspot.com

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  18. I agree 100% with your post! I just started a blog because I read so many I figure I should create my own! :) People outside the blog world think it is a bizarre idea. I think it's just because they haven't tried it out!

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  19. Just stumbled upon your blog! I'm in love:) Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  20. I love this post! Such the absolute truth! In fact, I am going to see my bloggy friend, Tamra from Walks with Bella in NYC next week! I never knew this world existed a year ago, but now I am so happy to be part of it :) xoxoxo brynn

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  21. p.s. glad you liked your candles! Enjoy!

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  22. you are darling and i love your blog!! if you get a sec, check out mine, too! a work in progress ;) xoxo
    tinabells

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  23. Literally just had this conversation with my roommate. At least we all get it right?!

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  24. YAY! Another Chicago lady! I came across your blog via The Daily Dish - can't wait to keep reading!

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  25. I can relate... I'm always telling my hubby and my blog friends and what they are up to!

    http://southernbelle23.blogspot.com

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  26. just came across your blog! I can't wait to continue reading! And your right, people just don't get it!

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