Last night as I was browsing Pinterest, I came across a familiar face. "I know her" is what immediately crossed my mind. I knew who the girl was in the picture, her name, what she likes, etc, except I didn't really "know" her at all. That familiar face was a blogger.
I know I say this all the time, but blogging is so weird. Perhaps it's the community, or the sharing of their lives bloggers choose to do, but there's something about it that genuinely makes this whole blogging thing feel like real life and real friends sometimes.
I can say I probably know more about other bloggers' lives than the people in my own. If you asked me which of the two I cared to know more, it would be bloggers. Now I'm not saying I'm interested in hearing what other bloggers have to say over my own close friends and family, but in comparison to majority of my "in real life" people I know, such as friends on Facebook, then yes. I'm more interested in reading a random blogger's weekend adventures than the girl I graduated high school with and haven't seen in six years. I feel more joy for when a fellow blogger, whom I've only "known" for a year or two, has their first child than I do for a friend of a friend or some person I went to school with.
Maybe that explains why, to me, Facebook is boring and Instagram in my jam. If you look at who I follow on the Insta'G, most of them are bloggers. The people I know, but don't really know at all.
I can't help but wonder. Am I the only one that thinks this way too, or are there others out there that can relate?
Here's the tell all. Say, for example, you were with your group of friends at lunch and they just cracked up at an awesome article they read and needed to share it. As you begin to read it, you realize that the person who wrote said article is actually a fellow blogger. One that you read daily, and maybe even email and tweet every so often. The one that you know, but not really. Would you be excited in that moment and react with "Oh I know her!!" or would it not really phase you. I know my reaction would be something along the lines of that first reaction, and I'm sure I'd have some explaining to do which could lead to real awkward things because non bloggers just don't get it.
With blogging, there really is a difference. I can watch every episode of a reality show and see the day to day lives of say, the Kardashians, but I don't feel like I know them. But a blogger? I know her!
My best friend once summed it up perfectly. When I explained this whole blogging thing to her, her reply was "Wow it's like some underground hidden world you're in". I couldn't have said it better myself.
Labels: blogging, life