An open letter to friends of the blog

Oct
09
11 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Blog Nuts and Bolts

I Heart YOU

Dear you,

Have I told you lately how awesome you are? Let me explain.

No… there is too much. Let me sum up.

Last week, Alissa from The Grammarian’s Reviews wrote a post about blogging coming in contact with her personal life. It was a great post about being shy talking about what we do to “real people.” Her whole point was that we shouldn’t be shy – we should be proud of what we’ve done, because heck! Running a website takes lots of work! But what it got me to think about most is the differences between people in my real life, and all of you in the blogging community. I don’t know why I never thought about the two groups in that way, but the conclusions I came to were real eye-openers. The big one? I don’t appreciate you guys enough.

A lot of us grew up much the same way as I did – the ONLY avid reader in the class, always stereotyped as the nerd etc. etc. It wasn’t that fun. Luckily when I got to college I fell into a community of readers entirely by accident. It was great for a little while, because I could always get a recommendation from somebody if I didn’t have anything to read next. We occasionally even discussed what we were reading, if we managed to read the same thing at the same time (which was rare). The biggest difference between those discussions and the blogging community, though, was that most of my friends in that community were extremely strong willed, and more often than not, we got into arguments over the books we were discussing. After a while I found my opinions on the books we ended up reading together would be completely colored by the other person’s opinions, because I didn’t want to get into an argument.

Even though it’s not what I intended to do when I started this blog, I have found myself an all new set of friends. I can be having the worst day ever and receive a comment that will turn the entire day around. I get a little nervous but mostly excited every time I have a post going up, just because I can’t wait to see what the response they’ll get. I haven’t met any of you, and have never even heard most of your voices, but I miss you when I don’t spend enough time on Twitter hanging out. Some days my entire day is made by reading a post that makes me laugh, or cry, or even just FEEL something after being way overwhelmed with everything else for the day. And some days I take that just a little too much for granted.

I’ll admit I’m terrible at commenting. I rarely comment on reviews for various reasons, even though I should. I save posts to “comment on later” and then by the time I get to it, I feel like it’s way past the imaginary expiration date. And sometimes I’m just kind of intimidated, especially if it’s a blog I’m new to, or somebody with a big presence or personality. I know I shouldn’t feel this way, and I feel incredibly guilty for not showing my appreciation. It’s there, I promise.

Recently, though, I’ve even been falling down on replying to comments here on my own blog. I love every single comment – they all make me smile. Sadly I have so much to do that I have been telling myself “oh I’ll go and do a bunch at once!” so that I don’t stop whatever I’m doing and get distracted (trust me – once I get started doing the things I don’t want to, I have to FORCE myself to keep going) and then it just keeps getting put off. I’m trying to train myself out of that, but it’s taking time.

All of that long rambling-ness to basically say that I love the blogging community SO MUCH! You guys are an integral part of my life, and I want you to know that, because I’m not good at saying it.

I love YOU!

Anne





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11 Responses to “An open letter to friends of the blog”

  1. ANNE! Where are the sharing options?! I WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH TWITTER!

    • Anne says:

      I swear I thought you were psychic for about 10 seconds when I got the notification for this comment. I was all “Day-um those Giraffe shifters got GOOD!” before I realized that I probably just screwed up the auto-post, and put today instead of tomorrow by accident…

      Share buttons you say? *goes off a does research* Apparently there are a lot of features that I didn’t realize don’t just happen automatically. Ask and ye shall receive – they should be there now :)

  2. Alexia561 says:

    What a beautiful post! Like you, I was one of the only avid readers at school, so was beyond happy when I discovered the blogosphere! You’ve said it much, much better than I ever could. Thank you!

  3. Marj says:

    Wonderful post, Anne! =) I’m a new blogger and I feel intimidated too. However posts like these inspire me so thank you! Keep writing, I’ll be reading!

    • Anne says:

      You don’t have to be a new blogger to feel intimidated! The thing to remember is that you shouldn’t feel that way (I know, I’m not one to talk, since I have problems with that too!) The thing to remember is that there is a PERSON behind the things you’re reading, and they’re a lot like you. It helps :) Good luck with your new blog!

  4. What a great post, Anne! I LOVE the blogging community, but most especially the friendships that I’ve cultivated over the past months. Like you, I love going on Twitter and talking to the people I now consider friends and I miss them if I spend too much time away! It’s also great that when I’m having a bad day, I have others to reach out to.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I totally hear you on the intimidation thing. Those first few comments are always the hardest – especially if you don’t get a reply. And I agree – every single comment is awesome. And I would totally leave comments on invisibly expired posts. I’ve done it and I’ve had it happen to me and as the receiver of it, it feels nice when you know someone’s still reading some of those older posts, ya know?

    Anyway, lovely post! :)

  6. Alissa says:

    Awwww! We love you, too!

    I’m glad my post got you thinking about this! :)

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