Hey, everyone! I’m Andhari and I blog at Insomniac Lolita. This is my 2nd blog swap I’ve participated and I’m excited. The topic is The Best Thing About Being A Blogger and man, I have a LOT to say about that.
The first time I created a blog was around 6 to 7 years ago in high school, but it was nothing serious. It was in friendster, xanga, and myspace for God’s sake! Super ridiculous. My readers are limited to close friends. They have blogs too and we gossiped about tons of stuff like boys, school drama, and clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I still talk about boys, drama, and clothes too in my blog from time to time ( haha! ) but I share deeper thoughts there as well. I’m more cautious in what I said and you’d never find me writing stuff like “Nina wore super tight pink tube top to the mall today. Her boobs were all over the place. What a skank!”. I suppose I’m growing up?
I started blogging a bit more seriously in early 2007. I experienced a bit of life crisis and was in a serious emo phase but I could not let it out. I was quite distant with several close friends too. My shrink told me I should let it out because that’d make me feel better. He advised me to buy a journal, or make a blog. I did both but continue with the blog much longer. In that first year of “serious blogging”, I almost didn’t have any reader. I only knew a few blog owner friends but we only commented in each other’s blogs once in a while.
Then sometime in 2008, I joined 20-Something Bloggers. I am now working for them in their membership / community team. The network blows my mind because I found a lot of fellow bloggers around my age who share a lot of things in common with me and even go through similar problems. It’s so amazing. My once quiet blog was suddenly a bit more crowded because the more I connect with other bloggers, the more they drop by and talk to me. I’m so happy and flattered how these people take so much interest in me and make me feel important. Like random thoughts I’ve scribbled actually mattered. To tell you the truth, there are times that I think my blog friends understand how I feel more than my non blog friends over here.There are several occasions when I’m sad and they’re there, practically overflowing my comment box with encouraging, spirit-lifting comments. Some of them even went further, emailing and tweeting to ask me whether I’m okay. That’s unbelievably nice. Best thing ever.
Beside having your own support system, another best thing about being a blogger is when you meet up with your blog friends in real life. I haven’t done that a lot but in all three opportunities that I got to meet some of them, it was fantastic. I have this theory that when you like someone’s blog and the people you meet turn out exactly like how they’re portrayed in their blogs, you’ll love them. I’ve had a blog friend visited me all the way from across the ocean and spent a few days with me in my city. I thought it might be a bit awkward but I was wrong. Meeting her was like meeting a long lost friend, so much to talk about. I hope in the future I get to meet a bunch more blogger friends.
What do you like best about being a blogger?
ps. Check out ExMi’s post in my blog.