Thursday, May 31, 2012

on being a blogger

my blog is so much more then this computer, these keys, and my words - it is a outlet to a community that has changed my life. i can be a better woman and parent thanks to the experiences and people that my blog has opened up to me.

i am sort of outgoing and sort of not, so taking that first step a couple of years ago to turn internet world friends into real life friends was scary. as it turned out, it was like we already knew each other and had decided we were good friends - with little glimpses into each other's lives through blogging we were armed with plenty to talk about and relate with, it was love at first site - you know, in a non weird way, ha.

a lot of people say that social networks have taken a lot out of personal relationships, i guess you could argue that blogging is kind of on the far end of the social networking spectrum, but i would have to disagree and say social networking has made my friendships grow and have better foundations. sure facebook and twitter doesn't come free of drama and lack of face to face communication but it is still communicating and being part of something bigger then yourself. it is all about what you do with those relationships if you want to see them grow.
twitter, considered a micro blogging site has introduced me to some amazing women too and gives me a daily laugh. there is nothing like having amazing women in your support system, no matter where you find them. when you follow a blog, a instagram, or find a new person to follow on twitter it is because you find something relatable and interesting in them. in a sense you are being paired up with like minded people you know you already enjoy just from reading their 140 characters of emotions and daily adventures.

the kiddos, this has been my favorite part of the whole thing. this group of kiddos, who some of them at met when they were only around six months old, are getting to grow up together and it is so fun to watch! wether we can get together once a month or a couple of times a year, they don't skip a beat and are playing and getting a long like old friends the second we come together. since that very first play date at green lake our group has grown a lot, with more great women from all over the pnw, which has meant more fun and adorable toddlers playing with us each time. poor rowan though, haha, she is always the old lady of the group but still loves to play with everyone, especially harper, she is her favorite.
our get togethers have definitely grown from the first five of us from around the seattle and portland area. now we hold yearly to bi-yearly large scale gatherings, attempt a every other month or so girls night out dinner, and play dates whenever we can squeeze them in. 

now that a lot of us are pregnant again and onto baby number two (for me number four!) and still have a toddler running around, life gets in the way of being totally successful at these meet ups but still make sure to set aside time to visit and grow as friends.

another one of my favorite parts of blogging, is the philanthropy, even on a small scale the march of dimes is something i have come to look forward to yearly. it is so great to see our community coming together to support any cause and another great opportunity to meet more amazing ladies and their families.
i can't wait to see what the further holds for me when it comes to this little corner of the internet i have created. but i can tell you what, it is going to be one crazy fun wild ride and i won't miss a second of it. my family always comes first, so i may take breaks from time to time from the actual putting words to page, but these friendships? i wouldn't trade for anything and really can't wait to meet some more of my favorite "on the internet" people at blogher in august. 

have you reached out to your favorite local bloggers or twitter or instagram friends? no? then do it today, putting myself out there was the best move i have ever made and i promise it will be for you to!

15 comments:

melissa rohr said...

yea! i am so excited!

melissa rohr said...

sardines for the win!

melissa rohr said...

for sure! i can't wait till our gno next month!

melissa rohr said...

for sure!

Makaila said...

Great post! You nailed every single thing I feel about blogging. I have yet to meet someone IRL that I've made friends with via blogging but that changes tomorrow! I'll be at the blog meet up on Hawthorne tomorrow, look forward to meeting you!

melissa rohr said...

definitely agree and look forward to chatting with you more in Portland tomorrow.

PS: looking at that second pic, made me realize that we actually met that day at the zoo. I came with Fiona, but I just had one little curly haired girl with me back then. :)

melissa rohr said...

oh that is so funny! i kind of remember that now, my head was spinning from how crazy it was there that day ha! we'll have to do that again for sure!

melissa rohr said...

I am so glad that I have found you amazing ladies! You all are such great people & the most supportive women I have ever met. I lost a ton of friends when I had Zane because most of my friends weren't married or even in a relationship so when I decided to start blogging and then went out looking for other women in the PNW that I could connect with & become friends with it didn't take me long until I found this group of girls who were all from the PNW and were friends and had meet-ups... I was definitely excited! It took me awhile to work up the courage to actually go about contacting any of you but once I did I was welcomed by all of you like you had known me forever! When I met most of you beautiful women in June I couldn't have been more excited... I finally had a great support system of friends that would always be there to give me advice or help me when I was going through a tough time! Thank you to all of you {you all know who you are!} for being so welcoming and sweet & I am forever grateful to have you in my life! I know I have found some amazing life long friends in all of you! :)


Sorry for the book... I just wanted you to know!

melissa rohr said...

awe! we love you too libby :)

melissa rohr said...

I agree! Meeting the women from this group has change my life for the better!

melissa rohr said...

i know! i am so bummed another one of my favorite preggos won't be there :( we'll make up for it at the dinner though!

melissa rohr said...

Love this and love being part of the PNW blogger "group"! It's so fun to communicate with other moms that are going through some of the same things. So jealous that I can't make it down to Portland, just bad timing with our move down to Lacey :( Have lots and lots of fun! 

melissa rohr said...

Have so much fun this weekend!  I am looking forward to seeing lots of fun photos.

melissa rohr said...

I have been feeling the same way. It is so nice to connect with people that know exactly what you are going through. None of my non-blog friends even have kids yet, so it is such a breath of fresh air to have people who know why the best time to hang out is 4pm on a weekday. Cannot WAIT for tomorrow. Excited to sleep like pregnant sardines ;)

melissa rohr said...

Agree 100%. I am looking forward to "meeting" you in person finally on Friday!