Dear Blog, You Rock. Love, Me

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Oh, hey.

Hi.

Sorry, blog, I was MIA yesterday. My bad. Mr. B is suddenly working a new schedule and naturally it effed up my whole schedule too. So, yeah, I didn’t get a chance to stop by. Sorry about that. No, really – I am! It’s not a bunch of excuses, I truly wanted to be here!

Don’t believe me that I love blogging so much that I was super bummed to miss a day? Well here, let me explain why I love you so much, dear blog o’mine.

Mooooom! Put the computer away and play with me!

Mooooom! Put the computer away and play with me!

You are my outlet. My brain is on the run non-stop. Not always in any particular direction, but it’s always going. This little space gives me a chance to spew it all out there. It’s my chance to think things over, process all the junk that’s flowing through my head, and put it into coherent (and often run-on) sentences. Which is nice, because that ish ping-ponging around in there endlessly is enough to drive a girl insane.

Shit changed in my world. And I’d like to talk about it. And you give me a chance to do just that. I moved into a world pretty foreign from what I’d previously known. I didn’t even leave the state, and everyone still speaks my native language (well, except the Amish) but it is still very different than the world I knew. Do I love it? Hell, yeah! Is it new to me? Totally! (DUDE. I have a horse.) But I am also in a world filled with people who know only this, so I have a hard time relating to the people around me when I talk about change and differences. But in blogland? I’ve found other people who get it. It’s comforting.

You give me a chance to be creative. I never considered myself to be a creative person until I started this blog. As it turns out, I really kind of am. I love this newly-discovered side of myself.

You challenged me to learn new skills. When I first started you, little blog, I knew nothing about blogging. Or website design. Or social media. Or photography. Or any of it, really. I’m still pretty clueless, but I’ve come a long way. You’ve given me a reason to learn new things, and I kinda love you for it.

You’ve pushed me wayyy out of my social comfort zone. I’m now reaching out and talking to strangers! Me! Painfully shy and awkward me! Talking to people whom I’ve never met, and who did not initiate conversation with me! Craziness, I know. But I’m doing it. All because of you, blog.

And you’ve given me reason to keep stepping out of that comfort zone. Am I totally comfortable with talking to strangers or people I barely know (or, let’s be honest, anyone who didn’t strike up conversations with me first) now? Oh, hell no. It’s still so hard for me. But you know what, it’s getting a little, tiny bit easier every day. There are amazing people out there, and I want to keep getting to know them. Again, all because of you, blog.

You’ve helped me remember that some people actually get me. I often feel like a fish-out-of-water in this small town. I just feel…different. Sometimes that is a wondrous feeling, but it can also be lonely. I love our town and our home, but sometimes I feel very far away from the people who understand me and relate to me best. It’s nice to know that I can hop into blogland for a few moments and connect with people who love to write, read, travel, try new craft beers, reminisce about our sorority days, cheer on their favorite college football team and discuss the more intellectual topics, like our dogs, glitter and N’Sync reunions.

You’ve helped me find people who are in the same boat as me. There are a lot of people around my age in my new town. But very, very few of them are at the same life stage as me. Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to relate to people who are (or have been, or are headed to) where you are.

You’ve introduced me to people who can teach me new (non-bloggy) things. I love to learn, and (even though I didn’t realize this until Lisa pointed it out) I’ve learned so much from reading other blogs! Blogs that I would have never discovered without you, little blog.

Basically, you’ve helped me find new friends. There are some amazingly sweet, hilarious and inspiring women out there, and I never would have found them without you.

I keep finding new things to love about you. The more time I spend with you, blog, the more reasons I find to love you and this whole blogging thing that I’ve gotten myself into.

And since I’m learning new things and making an effort to connect with other bloggers, I’m linking up with Whitney for my first #backthatazzup Friday. Here’s a little ridiculous little jam to help everyone kick off the weekend.


 

 

What’s everyone getting into this weekend?

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  • Love this list! While I didn’t have a drastic life change trigger my blog, I do get the other things! Keep on keeping on… and happy weekend!

    • Thanks! Hope you are having a great weekend too!

  • i love the blogosphere! it’s a lot of work to make those connections but damn, when you make those connections it’s awesome.

    the blogging community is so supporting and nice; you can find just about any group who shares your interests and connect with them quite easily.

    continue to blog please; i love reading new stuff from new blogs 🙂

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

  • “You’ve given me a reason to learn new things, and I kinda love you for it.”

    I totally agree with this and I feel the same way about many of the things on your list. I really had no idea what I was getting into when I started blogging, but I’m so glad I finally took the plunge.

    • I had no idea what I was getting into either. It’s been so much more work (and reward!) than I ever expected. I’m with you, I’m so glad I finally took the plunge 🙂

  • OMG.. this song is going to be in my head ALL DAY, possibly all weekend (but only to annoy my fiance)! What a cute pup!

    • I miiiight have shared this song in particular because it’s been stuck in my head for three days. Sorry ’bout that 🙂