Big up the #bloggers…

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I’ve got to say that I’m super pleasantly surprised. This blog is a little over three years old and I’ve been coming and going and never had the time to stay long enough to get involved with the networking side of blogging. I say not had the time and this is true, but if I’m completely honest, in the past, I’ve also been a little intimidated by the whole community that blogging thrives in. I mentioned in one of my recent posts ‘Why I write this blog…‘ย how it can be easy to compare your blogs to those more established and end up feeling a little deflated when you realise how much work is involved, but over the last couple of weeks I have majorly turned a corner.

I’ve taken the time to really engage. I’ve done my research, I’ve joined blogger community websites. I’ve taken part in Twitter chats and finally got chatting to other bloggers just like me. Yes. JUST LIKE ME! Who’d have thought it?!

I once envisioned – and don’t laugh – that blogger communities might be a bit ‘back seat of the bus bitchy’. Don’t take it personally. It was an assumption, and an incorrect one at that I hasten to add….! You know what I mean. A bunch of girls together isn’t always a good thing. And I know, I know, not all bloggers are girls but primarily the chats I’ve been involved in have been 90% female attendance. So when you get a crowd of girls together in a room there’s every chance it could get a little bitchy along the way. But listen up guys…

I WAS WRONG.

You lot are frickin awesome. I’ve had a blast over the last few days. I’ve got advice, taken tips (and made them work). Got new followers. Engaged in some great inspiring chats and quite possibly, have made some friends.

So. I guess what I’m trying to say is thank you. Thank you to all my new followers – and the old ones of course – for welcoming me in with open arms and not making me feel silly, for inspiring me and encouraging me to keep at it, and most of all for making me feel like part of the gang. I’ve never been in a gang before and I have to say, this one’s a pretty cool one to be in.

Much love

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13 Comments

  1. 26th April 2016 / 12:28 pm

    What a brilliant post! Quite inspiring actually! Here’s to bloggers ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 27th April 2016 / 8:12 pm

    This is lovely, and made me feel really proud to be a part of a blogging network. I have been blogging for almost a year but have met so many lovely people through blogging, had so much support and advice and been inspired by it all. It’s lovely to say thank you isn’t it? #sharewithme

    • 27th April 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Ah thank you. That’s exactly how nice felt and in such a short space of time aswell. It’s great to have the encouragement too. Thanks for taking the time to read and commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Joanna @mumbalance
    28th April 2016 / 9:03 pm

    I’m glad you are enjoying blogging ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s always very easy to see yourself against ‘them’, but as you’ve discovered ‘them’ is just like you
    #sharewithme

    • 29th April 2016 / 7:23 am

      I think it can sometimes take time and patience. Perhaps before it wasn’t the right time but I’m pleased I’ve stuck it out. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  4. 30th April 2016 / 5:44 pm

    It’s just amazing isn’t it? I feel like I’ve met great friends on here – actually I probably spend more time talking to friends I’ve met on here than real life ones – crazy. A great read lovely and I’m so so glad that you’ve finally got more engaged – it’s the most amazing community and not bitchy at all! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • 30th April 2016 / 5:59 pm

      Completely agree. Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 2nd May 2016 / 9:20 pm

    The blogging community is pretty unique isn’t it – it’s unusual for a group of females not to behave in a bitchy way but as of yet I haven’t encountered anything like that either. So many lovely people who are all just encouraging each other. I wouldn’t be where I am with my blog without the help of other more established bloggers so I will definitely be happy to help anyone else out too. It’s insane how much time a blog can take up – it’s basically full time for me right now so it’s pretty important to get that network of support behind you. Thanks so much for linking up with us on our first week – really hope you can come back and link up with us again next week on #fortheloveofBLOG xxx

    • 3rd May 2016 / 2:03 am

      This is lovely. Thank you so much. It’s nice to have the support of a successful blogger. Inspiring at the same time. And yes! It does take a lot of time and a commitment that I had no idea about. But I must say I am really enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  6. 4th May 2016 / 1:27 pm

    It’s a lovely community to be involved in and one that made living as an expat so much easier and I never thought I would make life long friends when I became a blogger either and it’s been an amazing journey to be on glad you have jumped in and love it. So many inspiring and supportive like minded people to meet isn’t there? Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

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