Friday, February 3, 2012

Humbled

This blog business is a funny thing.

Years ago I was googling something about monograms and found Monogram Momma (sadly she no longer blogs).  I had no idea what a blog was and couldn't figure out what this website was at first.  Through her, I found Lisagh, Clogsy and Mel.  And then my world opened up to so many other fabulous bloggers. 

So I secretly started my own blog.  And it was so dumb at first.  Probably still is a lot of the time.  But eventually I got the hang of it.  And came clean to Bestie.  And insisted she start one too. 

Blogging soon felt less hush hush.  A new wave of fun girls (and guys too) moved to Blogville.  And then the strangest thing ever happened.  I mean, seriously unexpected. 

We became friends! 

How, when, why...?  I'm still not sure.  But somewhere along the way, I found myself telling stories of "my friends" and actually believing that these bloggers were just that.  Many of us found each other on Facebook and now Twitter and lo and behold...I had honest to goodness friendships swirling around my laptop.  I even figured out that one of my favorite bloggers is also a sorority advisor so we were able to meet two summers ago at a conference (and hopefully this summer too).  It all still baffles me.

I've seen my blog friends get married, break up with boyfriends, pick paint colors and invitations, host book clubs, shop, travel, struggle with illness, have babies, adopt babies, lose babies, struggle to create babies, make the most creative items, cook up a storm, buy homes, graduate, and so much more.  Yes, blogging only gives you a side that the author chooses to share.  But the blogs I chose to read feel as honest as possible while keeping a level of privacy.

In many ways, I think blogs are a very real glimpse into a person's life.  We share our silly sides, creative sides, and all of life's ups and downs. 

Real life friends who read my blog say the EXACT same thing to me after finding it.  Seriously, it is the only thing anyone ever says and it never fails to make me giggle.  "Your blog is so you.  You write exactly how you speak in person."  In my head the rest of the dialog goes like this..."Um...how else would I sound?"  I believe that is the case for all of my favorite bloggers.  This is our chatty online diary/best friend vent session/extension of our daily lives.

Today, one of my favorite bloggers, Hopsy, has gone above and beyond the call of of friendship.  She has linked up to Kelly's Korner SUYL Singles Day and featured yours truly and three other adorable bloggers.  Hopsy, I am just so flattered you thought of me.  I love that we have "known" each other for so many years and have come to call each other sweet friends.  One day I swear I will finally get to meet my bloggy friends and sit and talk for hours! 

Oh and for those curious...my photos are there too.  True story- I have posted a photo of myself THREE times on this here bloggy blog.  Years ago and before anyone noticed I guess, but there have been three.  Actually, the third was only about two years ago now that I think of it.  And I figured that because I am FB friends with so many of y'all, it didn't matter.  But it seems I misjudged that by the comments I am getting.  Which are cracking me up.  I didn't realize anyone would be interested.  I hope I've accurately described myself over the years.  Maybe this will make me brave enough to post a photo again in the future...

13 comments:

The English Preppy said...

PPC I love your blog - moreover, I am so glad to have re-connected with you and others on the blog scene. Thank you in particularly for making the time to comment on my posts. It has been difficult getting back into things and finding my stride, and finding your comments has been very supportive. In fact, I appreciate you just remembering me! Yours is a great, well written, genuine blog - It was nice putting a face to the posts - would love to see more pictures of you on your blog!

Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! said...

We were on a bit of the same wavelength today, no? Glad to see you featured. And so cute!! xoxo

Lindsey said...

I found you after reading Hopsy's blog and am super excited to start following you.

Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madam Spoiled said...

You are just cute as a button! Your blog was the first preppy blog I found! You have a special place in my Lilly pink & green heart!!

Love and Hugs,
Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madam Spoiled

Wendy said...

It amazes me too how many friends I have made through blogging.

Suburban Princess said...

I love my bloggy friends way more than my IRL friends!

My blogging experience sounds just like yours...I thought blogs were for whiney sad people then I read Mel's blog and thought...hey! I can do that! And here we are!

MCW said...

I love all of my blog friends! It is a strange world I love. And good luck with SUYS!

Ruth said...

Very good post. i totally agree about finding blogs and getting to know the author better and calling them friends now.
That is so sweet of Hopsy to do that for you on Kelly's blog. I tagged it to go back too and see if there are any guys.

amanda said...

I'm glad you put yourself out there. It feels risky, but so often pays off in great reward. I hope that's the case for you. It's fun to put a face with the adorable blog I've loved reading for a while. You're one of my favorite preppy bloggers. I appreciate what I perceive is a bit more liberal slant-something that feels a little rare. Keep on doing what you're doing!

Whitney and the Preppy Puppies said...

This is a wonderful post. I love reading your blog! Though I don't comment very much, I do want you to know that I read often and am glad that we've gotten to know each other through this strange online universe. :-)

gapeach7212 said...

How sweet of your friend to recognize you! She mentioned you were an Alpha Gam - So was I!

cancersucks said...

I was so excited for you to see you featured! You are so pretty! I am glad I finally have a face to put with your voice. Keep us posted if cupid's arrow gets you. Blogger friends rock!

garden state prep said...

Trying to explain blogging to non-blogging friends is the weirdest experience. One of my former advisees (not sure if that's a real word or not) has a blog and I love reading her blog because it's like listening to her talk. It's such a funny wonderful thing and I'm so thrilled to be a part of it. My twitter is entirely blog friends but I'm slowly telling my non-laptop friends about my account to connect there as well.

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