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I’ve Never Met A blogger I Didn’t Like

I’ve Never Met A blogger I Didn’t Like

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I’m heading to Problogger in Queensland next month and I cannot tell you how excited I am!!!

Seeing Darren Rowse, other speakers and learning things – I’m sure that’ll all be good, BUT the main reason I’m excited about going is the “networking” and when I say “networking” I mean spending time with all my favourite bloggers – and there’s a lot of them.

In fact, I really have not met a blogger I didn’t like.

I’ve possibly interacted with bloggers online that I wasn’t super keen on – but every blogger I’ve met in the flesh has been like catching up with an old and dear friend.

So much so that when I attended Kidspot Voices Gala in Sydney last year I was a little late organising accommodation and a dear, close friend, who I’m practically daily contact with online offered that I share a room with her. Not just a room, but a bed. Excellent! Thank goodness for that!

It wasn’t until I actually arrived that I realised that I’d only ever actually met her once – very briefly – at a “Nurse In” protest and she didn’t even know who I was until I told her! 

But that is how close my blogging community is. I could happily share a bed with any number of them without batting an eyelid. In fact, I slept really well and I don’t normally sleep at all when I stay in hotels (though ermm, that could have been something to do with the “networking” that went on until last drinks at a pub after the Gala ended… Did I mention how much I love “networking” with other bloggers?)

And it’s not just the drinking, dancing, and travelling, it’s having people I can talk to – REALLY talk to – about everything, in detail.

See, most of the time I feel like I overthink everything, and my non-blogger friends confirm this when I get stuck into a topic they affectionately say things like “Oh Rach, only you would think of that.” or worse… the blank stare when I’ve clearly talked too much on the one specific topic.

Which is one of the reason that I blog in the first place. I have this constant swirl of WAY TOO MANY THOUGHTS and writing is one way that I can process, vent and organise my thoughts – without inflicting them upon my very patient, but obviously uninterested, friends.

But I don’t seem have that problem when I talk to other bloggers.

They think about everything way too much too. Or maybe just the right amount. See, when we’re all together it feels normal to discuss, dissect and debate literally any topic in minute detail. In fact the word “literally” was a topic of discussion yesterday on Emily Hawker’s Blog (who I will be meeting at Problogger – EEK!!! EXCITEMENT!). See what I mean? I feel enabled to discuss anything, no matter how minute, in detail.

And rather than being told I’ve overthought something, quite often I find myself saying “Wow, I didn’t think of that.” with my blogger friends.

I have conversations and friendships like this with people who are not bloggers (though – if they were I’d absolutely love to read their blog, because it would be amazing) and I do appreciate the friends who will occasionally tell me I need to maybe stop obsessing about something – just a little bit.

So I’m certainly not saying that I don’t love non-bloggers.

It’s just that, well, yeah, I’ve never met a blogger I didn’t like. (And that I’m so excited about meeting a many more next month!)

Are you a blogger? Are you feeling the love right now?

 

About Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central Australia. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner.She has a background in early childhood education, but right now is content to be a stay at home mum.She is passionate about birthing rights, breastfeeding and mental health. She enjoys crafting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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20 comments

  1. Mim Jenkinson

    Love this – I’m going too hurray! x

  2. El Tan

    I wish I was going! It is definitely lovely to network with people whom you speak to more often online than some people offline.

  3. The blogging community is such a lovely and supportive one. I can’t wait to meet everyone – it’ll be my first Problogger too. Look forward to seeing you there xx

  4. Amy Ahearn

    EXCITED MUCH!!!!!! (Me, that is!)

  5. Jessie Reid

    Bloggers are great because we are all enthusiastic oversharers who like to cut to the chase when we meet and a good deal of us are a bit socially awkward and think noone else is. Finally I can be with people who are all the loud one who says too much too soon & has foot in mouth disease( like me!) or appreciate that quiet people in the room are probably introverts and not secretly hating me. Hopefully. I have said too much, haven’t I?

  6. Helen King

    It’s going to be great, isn’t it??? (Once I get over the nerves, that is!)

  7. Rebel Wylie

    I’m shithouse in real life. Mega awks, just so you know.

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