You know, I love this space of mine online but more than that I love being a blogger. It’s really not so much about the blog any more but about everything else that goes with it.
Being a blogger immediately makes you part of the blogging community and what you choose to do with that community access is completely up to you. You can stand at the sidelines, watch and cheer when someone writes something incredible or gets an award. You can be a wallflower, just watching, never really joining in with the conversations and the dancing, happy to watch and just take everything in.
You can make a few good friends, ones to keep close and talk to all the time. Friends who you can bounce things off and share ideas with. Friends you trust fiercely and who you know will always have your back.
Or you can just be friends with anyone. You can talk to everyone, share people’s posts and say hi on social media. Have a laugh in a blogging group and meet at bloggy things. You can be someone who knows a lot of names but not many faces, someone who will wave and smile and be… well, nice to everyone they meet.
I have had this metaphorical blogger badge for a few years now. It’s been nearly four years since I wrote that first blog post, a rambling introduction about us. LP was just 7 months old and Little Man was a hope for the future. That seems like such a long time ago now and in those four years I have definitely experienced the rollercoaster that is the blogging community.
For the first year or so of blogging, on a free WordPress blog, I didn’t really know there were other bloggers around. I was just me, writing, doing my thing. Then I went self hosted and still didn’t really ‘get’ the community. But then, about two years ago, I started reading blogs. I found other bloggers and I was accepted into so many blogging groups on Facebook. It opened my eyes to a whole new world – literally. I had found that community.
For the last 18 months or so I have jumped into the blogging world with both feet and have loved it. I have been admin for a couple of blogging Facebook groups – UK Parent Bloggers mainly – and have loved being able to pay back all the help and advice I was given when I first started blogging.
I have given tips, blog critique and advice literally daily since then – and I have loved it. Not because I know so much or because I think I am a bigger person, or better blogger but because there is always something to learn – and someone who needs an answer and if I can help someone or make someone’s life easier than I will always try and do that. It makes me happy.
Many bloggers who have been around a while will say that blogging has changed so much over the last few years and it has – even since I started blogging. There are so many blogs and there are new ones starting each day and you know what? I love it. I love the diversity of blogging. I love that every single person can have their own blog to write whatever they want to write about. Blogging is completely inclusive. You don’t have to be a certain gender, religion, ethnicity or educated to a certain level – if you have something to say you can start a blog and get all those thoughts out and onto your very own space online.
I’m a blogger, blogging. There are so many other bloggers, blogging and I love that we can all do this thing that we do side by side. But sometimes when you’re a blogger and you have children, a job and so much else going on something has to give and sometimes you have to let some of those spinning plates drop.
But the great thing about being a blogger, and being part of such an amazing community is that when you take a step back, and watch as that plate hits the floor, you see how many people are there to pick it right back up again.
Yesterday I decided to take a step back from the blogging community through the Facebook groups at least until we’re back from our holiday and I have to say that I was overwhelmed by the messages of support I got across social media, Whatsapp and even a few emails and a phone call too.
Sometimes you just need some time out when everything gets a bit much but it’s just so lovely to know that people don’t just appreciate your tips and random thoughts of the day but they have actually got to know you through blogging, through blog groups and through social media. They’ve got to know you – and they care.
And for me, that is what makes the blogging community such a wonderful thing to be a part of. Whenever you are down there is someone to pick you right back up again and if you need time out there will always be people right there waiting for you whenever you are ready to step back in again.