Sunday, May 02, 2010
Question Of The Week
Blogland is weird. This whole crazy community we all participate in is often hard to explain. If you were to have told me 10 years ago that 1/2 my friends would eventually exist online, I would have called you insane. I'm constantly impressed with the support and friendship I find online. Yall have listened to me breakdown about our previous relocation.....you've bought shirts and sent meals for my sweet sister, Caroline, without ever hearing her voice or mine.....you've rallied around sick babies......you've encouraged and loved people you've never met.
It really is fascinating.
And, I love it.
But, I find just saying the words, "On my blog" make me feel narcissistic. Like my life is so important that I have to chronicle it and share it with the world. Yes, my original intention was to keep family and friends up to date on our moving around the country. But, this crazy little blog has turned into much more than that. We're a community.....or "tribe".....as Coco recently explained to me.
Most people get it. But, every now and then I'll launch into some explanation of a connection.....of my friend, Clare, for example, who went with me to a Building Better Moms GNO recently.....and how we met via blogland......I commented on Tuesday's blog about a year ago and she noticed I was moving to KC and so was she.......so we "met" online and have been in touch for a long time, but never spoken to each other and then met in real life Friday.
The looks I get.
Or, how about Coco? People assume we knew each other prior to our blogs and we didn't. I randomly found her blog and immediately thought she was really funny, so I commented. She in turn saw my blog and liked Lainey's 1st birthday dress Mae Mae gave us. So, I shared the link and we started emailing.......and then moved to sending actual mail to each other......then gifts.......then we spoke on the phone (she was so awkward at first, yall).......then she drove her wacky kids 17 hours north to the Midwest for us to spend a weekend together.
It's quite confusing to those who aren't familiar.
***How have your family and friends reacted to your blog? What are your thoughts on blogland? Any uncomfortable explanations like I seem to always find myself in?
And, please know I won't judge. I recently created a Facebook fan page for a fake cat. I obviously have no reservations about throwing it all out there.