blogging idols

I’ve been around the blogging circus for over two years now which is not that long but longer than a lot of people who start blogging manage to stick with it. Mostly blogging is not a one woman or one man show. Sure, sitting in front of your computer and typing words as I am doing right now is a solitary business but most of us don’t just write for themselves, well partly we do but we also read and comment and thus participate on other bloggers blogs. This sounds weird but let me try to explain.

When is started blogging I was oh-so afraid of the big bad internet because all you ever hear on mainstream media is about horrible online dating stories or people stealing identities, finding out where you life and stalking you and so on. There’s so much more where this just came from. As I said, I was very afraid of all of those things and tried to keep the blog as anonymous as possible. But there’s absolutely no fun in that for me. I started reading other blogs and commenting and through these interactions with people who have been around this internet thing for a longer time I learned what a magical place this can be. So I started leaving my trace all over other people’s blogs and in return, my own started being more personal and revealing about myself than I anticipated when I clicked on create this blog on wordpress.com so many months ago.

You might ask yourself where I am going with this and I swear I do have a point. While trying to find out who I am as a person and as a blogger, I came across some amazing bloggers. Bloggers I look up to, whose words are sometimes awe inspiring. These people either posses a way of thinking and/or writing that makes you want to be their best friend hoping whatever cool juice they’re drinking will be shared with you if you stay in their vicinity long enough.

Some of them I falsely aspire to be like. Falsely, because I know I will never be able to write and think like them (which is both good and sad at the same time. Feelings are complicated like this). Sometimes they raise a point you never even considered before but of course it’s abundantly clear it makes sense and is important to think about. Some posts break your heart and some restore your faith in humanity while others destroy it completely. There are many more post I haven’t included mostly because these were just at the top of my head. Especially the last one linked was what inspired my thinking about this in the first place. I wish I could write like her but it’s silly. I am not her and that’s a good thing because if we were all alike, wrote alike, and knew the exact same things and had the same experiences, we wouldn’t need to bother writing anything.

Blogging has enriched my life in the way that it gave me role models, writers to look up to and spire to be a little bit more like them while still being myself. Sometimes I wonder if these thoughts make sense once they leave my head because surely nobody thinks like that, or do they? Let me tell you, most times, they do. There is no place like the internet to find like-minded people which is a blessing (and a curse sometimes). However important it is to stay true to yourself, it is equally as important to have role models to look up to. So to all you magnificent bloggers I say thank you and carry on!

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  • cupitonians

    Hugs. I used to tell Risha that when I grow up, I want to be like her. Which people think is a ridiculous thing to say to your peer but sometimes you can envy people their way with words, especially when you feel like you have a lot to say yourself. You’re right though, it’s important to be true to yourself but there’s so much inspiration to be had on the internet, hopefully it’ll keep you going. You, my friend, are the reason I have kept writing. You know this :* I will owe you forever!

    • readmeanything

      You are both wonderful writers and I enjoy reading your words, thoughts, and your hearts left on my computer screen (and in Ju’s case, on paper too).

      Perhaps ‘enjoy’ is the wrong word because sometimes you break my heart and a computer screen is an inadequate place to try and reach out to someone from, but that’s exactly what you’re able to do: reach out and touch someone only connected to you through words and an internet connect. That is incredible and amazing and speaks to the richness of your own words and talent and skill.

      And, surely, you must know that you (both!) one of those inspiring people on the interwebz that makes it so beautiful and such a wonderful space to be in?

      (also, stop; you’re both being ridiculous.) xx

      • Wilhelmina Upton

        Nope we really aren’t. I feel like we just group hugged. Thank you lovely ladies!

      • cupitonians

        In the words of one of our psychology teachers, “In my head, there is a bus” Love you ladies! <3

        • Wilhelmina Upton

          Love you lots too :)

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      It’s not a ridiculous thing to say at all, at least I don’t think so. And you owe me nothing but I’m glad I played a small role in keeping you going, for selfish reasons mostly because I enjoy your writing so much. Plus, I probably wouldn’t be here myself if it weren’t for my number one fan. SQUISH.

    • +1 to wanting to grow up to be Risha.

      • Wilhelmina Upton

        I read a post called ‘5 Reasons Risha is better than you’ by someone I know so duh! ;)

        • I HAD FORGOTTEN. This is an uncomfortable/slightly embarrassing memory.

          • readmeanything

            It is one of my favourite posts, mostly because Sweeney was super clever about the semi-colon abuse. LOVE.

          • Wilhelmina Upton

            It’s a pretty great post, haha.

          • Wilhelmina Upton

            You really shouldn’t be too embarrassed about it.

      • cupitonians

        Let’s start a “Grow up to be Risha” motivational club!

        • Wilhelmina Upton

          YES! Absolutely. We could get matching shirts and everything. Not sure how the matching shirts would work as we all live on different continents but okay.

  • I really like your “falsely aspire” idea. I, too, find myself looking at other blogs and wanting to be like them, yet knowing I could never write in that way.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      And it’s good to have people you look up to because how else would you know where to go towards?

  • Ashlea K.

    I enjoy the blogging community so much! I loved it before I had a blog and now that I have one, I feel even more a part :)

    THANK YOU for your blog. I think the most powerful entry I’ve ever read was the letter to your Mom. I appreciate your willingness to share something so personal, beautiful and heartbreaking with us.

    <3

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      If you ever feel the need to get heartbroken again, there are so many posts where that came from, unfortunately.

      <3

  • This is so lovely and I agree entirely. It’s also given me this wonderfully supportive little family because bloggy friends are the best kind of friends.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Agreed, bloggy finds are the bestest.