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!