Over the course of the last few weeks I have had some very interesting conversations with people about blogging. It occurred to me that blogging is so much more like real life than I even thought.
In real life I have great friends, good friends, acquaintances and people I just know.
- My great friends are my true few; the ones I count on for everything and that can count on me in return. These are the people I need in my life- most whom have been around for many years and have seen me through good and bad. They are the friendships I put the most effort into and the people I keep in contact on an almost daily basis through some form of communication. And if I don’t talk to them or see them, that is okay too because these are people I never have to wonder about because I know where we stand.
- My good friends are those I have a great time with when I see them but that I don’t see as often. However, it doesn’t matter how often I see them, when I do, we always pick up right where we left off no matter how much time has gone by.
- My acquaintances are those people who I say are my friends but that I really only see when they are with other people or on special occasions like birthdays. I genuinely like these people and enjoy their company but they aren’t those I get together with one on one.
- The people I just know are those whom I like, but aren’t really my friends. They might be on my Facebook but generally they aren’t people I get together with unless it is a random event where we both know the same person. And even then our communication usually consists of a hello, how are you and goodbye. This group is mostly a mix of old co-workers and high school acquaintances.
Blogging, in a many ways, is a lot like these friendships. There are the blogs I love and read daily, the blogs I really like and try to read daily and the blogs I like but I only randomly read now and then.
- The blogs I love and read daily have their own folder on my reader and are the first I hit on when I sign into google. I have come to look forward to their next posts and count on them for advice in all different areas of tri’s/running/nutrition and life in general. These are the people I feel like I have built connections with over the last year and have come to know outside of the blog world either by email, fb or phone.
- The blogs I really like and try to read daily are those that I really enjoy reading but either are new to me or have authors that do not blog often. While these blogs are not my first priority, I do read all entries even if it takes me some time to get to them.
- Blogs I like but I only randomly read now and then are blogs I usually read if the title strikes me or if I have found my way there through another blogger. For the most part, blogs I start out reading only now and then becomes ones I end up reading more often as I get to “know” the writer.
I have to admit, I have become slightly picky about the blogs I read daily. I really want to know who I am blogging with; when I talk about the blogs I read I like to mention their names and talk about who they are, not just what there blog is about.
Does that make sense?
When I first started blogging I quickly found out that, like in real life, not everyone is going to be interested what I have to say. And not everyone cares that you commented them or asked them a question. And you know what, I am totally okay with that! I would rather have ten faithful readers who leave thoughtful comments than four-hundred readers who aren’t really reading. It is why, in turn, I only have about 75 blogs in my reader- I don’ t want to feel overwhelmed with material and I want to be able to thoughtfully comment on those blogs I do read.
How do you decide which blogs you read? What matters to you when it comes to choosing the blogs your read?
With all of that said, I want my readers to know that I appreciate you all, especially when you leave super supportive and positive comments on posts like this one from the other day. All of your words meant a lot to me and made me really happy with my decision to share that part of my life with you. As I have said many times before, the support from all of you is one of my favorite things about having a blog 🙂
What do you love most about blogging?
If you are a new reader and haven’t said hello, please let me know you are here (of course lurking is okay too…we have all done it) so I can say hi. I love visiting new blogs 🙂
P.S.–> TGIF; hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 🙂