May 20, 2010

Julie on Blogging

Blogging. The wikipedia definition (yea, I'm very scholarly like that) reads as follows:


A blog (a contraction of the term "web log") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.


These little corners of the www that we have nuzzled into and made our own, (ya know, moved in our furniture, propped our feet up with a yummy cocktail) leave me speechless sometimes. Where else could ladies come together like this? Where else could you meet and form friendships with such diverse people? I could have never imagined when I started my blog that I would become friends (real, honest, would-do-anything-in-the-world-for-you friends) with people from every corner of the US. I know the people at the post office think I'm in the mob or something mailing things all over the country like I do. George (that's my mail guy) always has that 'so where are we sending this today, Ms. Looney?' look on his face. Ok, maybe he doesn't have that exact look, but it's pretty close.

 (If my blog was a room, it would look like this)

These thoughts that I'm putting into this post are things that I know all of us have pondered, thought about, blogged about, but today is the day for me to talk about it here. I feel sure my thoughts aren't unusual, but they're my thoughts and for those of you reading this, thank you.

One thing I think about a lot in regards to blogging is how the relationships form. I have a theory. Wanna hear about it? Ok, ok, so not really 'hear' about it, but read about it? Here it goes.....

1. interest: You find a new blog. You love the header, the colors, you notice that the most recent post is about something that you love. You bookmark the page.

2. infatuation: You catch yourself coming back over and over, nearly everyday, to see if the author has posted something new. You're hooked. You add the blog to your reader or click 'follow.'

3. acquaintances: You begin to make casual comments on the blog. The author returns the favor and visits your place. Soon, you find yourself commenting on nearly every post and sending emails every now and then.

4. comfort: You get comfortable with the person. You find yourself in their posts, you relate to their words, you love their pictures, and wonder if they could be your long-lost sister.

5. friend: You email. A lot. You become facebook friends. You talk nearly everyday in some way, shape, or form. She has a place in your heart.

You like my theory? I thought you would.

And can we talk just a second (since we are on the topic here) about the phrase 'in real life?' You know like 'My in-real-life friend, Katie.' So, what does this phrase mean exactly? I don't get it. Let me just say that my blog is my 'real life' and the people I have met through my blog are now part of my 'real life.'

This is my real life.

Oh, I could write a whole post simply about this, but I won't, I will spare you :)

Just know that I consider you part of my real life. No, we've never met. Some of us may never meet (I hope that's not true because I want to meet you all!), but you are part of my 'real life.' Period. 

(Photos here)

My point to all of this?

I love blogging.
I love my blog.
I love the friends I've made here.
I love touching people every day.
I love to give people a little inspiration.
I love to relate to people.
I love you all for being so kind to me.
So, what's left to say about this?
Thank you.

And, yes, blogging is one of my 'little things.'

Have a beautiful day, everyone!



Sharon Lei said...

Great post! I too love my blog, blogging, and all the bloggy friends that I've made. :) If I ever meet ther person who "invented" blogging, I'll need to give him/her a big hug!

xx Love & Aloha

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

Oh, I loved this post! You speak for all bloggers, I think, when you speak of your love for your "little thing!" Thanks!

BTW: I love your "Blog Room!" I think mine would look all girly and comfortable, too!

Hence72 said...

Hi, pleased to meet you, loving your blog. come pay a visit sometime

Aly @ Analyze This said...

That little description fits us and our friendship!

I am guilty of saying "in real-life"...habit I suppose, but you are correct...what I blog about IS real and y'all ARE my friends! :)

Happy Thursday!

Anonymous said...

I agree with your theory! Also I love the "if my blog was a room" photo, it fits so well!

Sweet Southern Prep said...

What a great post! I would love to have that area in the first photo as my blogging area. As for the blog as a room photo you chose! Love it to pieces - um, pink and green, and cozy? Enough said.

I'maNolaGirl said...

What a great post! I've tried explaining this very thing to people and they think I'm crazy, but that makes me love the sweet comforts of the blog world even more.

I'm glad you're my friend!!

Mama B said...

What a great post, Julie!! You hit the nail on the head with your 'theory' on blogging. That's pretty much exactly what I do with EVERY blog I read. haha I love it, and I love blogging, too. It's defintiely my 'real life', and you ladies are all my friends. :)

Kerr said...

great post! you put it so well!

Natasha said...

hands down, i agree with this post 100% and yes, your theory is genius sweetie!!! way to put things in perspective as this is our real life =)

emily said...

totally agree with you!!! =) it has been great to have insight into your world and so many others!! thanks for all of the entertainment! ((and i AM OBSESSED...LIKE MORE OBSESSED than ever before with taht pic of the green striped couches with pink accents!)) LOVE.

Alee said...

I love it too! I'm excited to be at the "acquaintance" stage with yours, and can't wait to follow even more closely in the future. Great post!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post lady. Absolutely wonderful.

mrs.mfc said...

Aww what a cute post! I loveeee the picture of the room!! SO cute! love it!

Have a fabulous day!!

Jamie said...

Love this! I also love what your blog would look like if it were a room :)

Leigh said...

i love this julie!! that's how i feel!!

Sarah Ann said...

Well I am glad that you love blogging because I love reading your blog :) And I agree. This is part of my real life!

Summer said...

amazing, jules. amazing.

bananas. said...

true, true! you summed it up nicely :)

the "in real life" kinda bugs me too btw. lol.

Mostly Style said...

That's how I feel about a few blogs I read! Including yours :)

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

You summed it up beautifully Julie! I feel so lucky to have met you and stumbled upon your adorable blog. It's a daily read of mine and one of my favorite blogs period.

You're totally right...It really is crazy how many amazing people you meet just through blogging!

Cheers to blog friends! May they last a lifetime! (I'm holding up my imaginary pink martini, haha)

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Shhh don't tell my "in real life" friends ( I too don't get it blogging is more my life than most things), but I love my bloggy friends even more. They don't care what I wear, who designed my shoes, or what car I drive, they care about me. Love that!

Kate Spears said...

that is kind of funny how we refer to our "real-life" friends and otherwise....i hope we do all get to meet that we aren't just connected through cyberspace, but connected through physical experience! keep doing what you are doing sweet girl!

Kelly said...

I love this post. I don't have alot of blog friends - but when I post a new entry it's like talking to a friend and saying things that I otherwise may not say.

I hope you have a blessed day!

Brittany said...

Julie, I think everyone needs a blog friend like you! You are SO positive and inspirational. I love your attitude. Now if only we could hang out! I think we'd make great friends :-) I agree with everything you said in this post. I don't know how I didn't begin blogging sooner. I've "met" so many wonderful people, but it stinks they don't live near me!

I hope you have an AMAZING weekend pretty lady :-)

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

Love this, so cute. Love your positiveness. I love blogging friends.

Anonymous said...

Great blog Julie, thanks for putting into words what so many of us feel! I am such a lurker, and I am in that infatuation stage where I visit you blog EVERY DAY to see if you have posted something new, but haven't really begun to comment regularly yet :) I appreciate your fresh and honest look at life, and the optimism that is so joyfully apparent in all of your posts! Thanks for making my day so often! I look forward to having more blog friends someday too!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog room and your blog. Interesting thoughts on blogging.

Nikosmommy said...

I completely get this! Awesomesauce post!

Lindsay said...

Hi Julie! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I'm glad it led me to your lovely blog! I love this post-completely how I feel! xx

Marcie said...

Great post! I too love my blog and the little world I've created for myself. I have never felt so creative and inspired by so many women.

:) Marcie

Rohini said...

Fabulous post! The pictures are lovely. :)

Trish {Pink Preppy Lilly Lover} said...

Hey my love, I am so sorry I didn't get to chime in sooner (strange week, you know) but I heart you and every little thing about this post. You are a beautiful blogger and a wonderful friend and I can't wait for a Julie-Trishy date! xoxoxxo

Claire Kiefer said...

This is so sweet! It's truly amazing how such an incredible community is made through blogging . . . I'm still sort of new at it, but on Thursday I mailed a package that I was so excited about to a girl across the country whom I've never met, and I was like, wow! This all happened through blogging. :)

Anonymous said...

I love this. Blogging is one of the 'little things' that I love so much. It truly makes me happy.