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