There are many reasons we bloggers sit down at our laptops and feverishly type out our thoughts and experiences. While it may seem narcissism is at the root of blogging, I’ve realized this is often untrue. Originally, I began blogging because I enjoy writing. I also had a new found passion for running and I could easily talk about it all day. Instead, I decided to write about it (to spare Angela the agony of hearing my voice all day). I was shy about sharing my blog and waited months before I told anyone that it existed. Once I did, comments began to show up under my posts and other bloggers began to trickle into my life. I started to read other blogs about running, and soon I had a circle of running blogger friends.
To the outside world, it might seem strange to feel closely connected to someone you’ve never met. To fellow bloggers, it is understood. I remember when I first told Angela about e-mail conversations I had with other bloggers. She didn’t seem to think much of it. It wasn’t until I started bringing these people up in everyday conversation that she thought it was slightly strange. After all, she didn’t have a clue who these people were and I had never even met them myself. It’s like online dating, but for friends.
I never expected to connect with so many interesting people through the Internet; it sounds kind of creepy actually. This came as a pleasant surprise. From Miami to Utah and all the way to Canada, I have made connections with a barrage of fascinating people. I have experienced heartfelt emotions along with some of these bloggers from sheer joy when one of them PRs, has a baby or wins a contest to the disappointment that comes with an injury, illness or loss of a loved one. Just like real life friends, we are here for one another, offering congratulatory words or words of comfort and consolation.
There is one person in particular that I have become “real life” friends with outside of the blogging world. Her name is AJ and you can check out her blog here. We are part of the same trifecta (as her dad would say), lesbian-vegan-runner. How could we not be friends? We met in person in Palm Springs for her birthday and have since gone to a Brandi Carlile concert, eaten loads of vegan food together, practiced yoga and have finally RUN together. Her partner, my partner, and the two of us have become a happy little foursome of friends. Just when I thought it was impossible to meet like-minded people, BOOM! There they were: two strong women, full of opinions, living consciously and freely. This has been the most rewarding, unexpected benefit to blogging.
I started to get down on myself, feeling like a big, fat narcissistic blogger. After all, I write about myself, my experiences and my opinions. How much more self-centered can I be? I took a step back, gave blogging a rest and contemplated my motives for writing. I don’t blog to brag about my accomplishments or to be in the spotlight. I blog because I find joy in writing. I have kept a journal since childhood. The network of “friends” has been a bonus and has given me yet another reason to blog. So here I am… still typing away and not feeling selfish or guilty about it. I love writing and I especially love anyone that is willing to read this silly little blog. 🙂 Happy reading, writing and running to all of you!