Is it just me, or does being a blogger feel like living in another world?  It doesn’t seem like it’s another world, until you mention something blog related to a nonblogger.  That’s when ish gets real.  More people are starting to know I blog and it kind of makes me feel awkward at times.  Is it just me?  Here are some of the situations that feel most awkward to me, hopefully some of you bloggers out there can relate.

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1.  Trying to tell a real life friend about something a blogger posted.  For starters, how do you explain who you are even talking about?  Generally any story about a blogger starts with, ”This girl I know…well, I don’t really know her, she writes this blog that I read (insert a brief rundown of her life here).  Today she was talking about…” Yeah how weird is that.

2.  At some point you mention a person enough that they have their own name…only it’s not their actual name.  Calling a blogger by their actual name just seems like a lie.  Any time I tell Carl about something Roo from Neon Fresh posted, I have to start it off with, “You know that cool mom blogger with the cute kids that are allergic to everything?” Starting the story off with, “So Roo was talking about how she really feels with gifs the other day.” It just feels like a lie and Roo is off in Connecticut being all gangsta like, ‘bitch you don’t know me!’  I know she’s not, and probably would never say that, but still.

3.  Posting to social media knowing all your real life friends will see.  I cringe when I think about my real life friends reading my tweets about my blog.  Sometimes Carl will read them outloud to me when he sees them and a part of me dies.

4.  Posting a question to social media and getting no response.  Growing your Facebook page and Twitter account is hard.  And the only way to get people to engage with you is to post content and encourage them to respond.  But when you don’t have a big following yet, it’s pretty awkward to be like, “Hey! What was the hardest part about scheduling your wedding? #newpost” and all you get are crickets.

5.  Social media in general.  Does anybody really care what you had for lunch?  I have such a love hate with social media.  I have a degree in communications/public relations, I understand how important it is and how to use it to build a business, but using it for my own purposes just seems weird.  Honestly, I do care what some people had for lunch, it looks pretty damn tasty, but do we really need to share these things?  I’m so back and forth.  I enjoy social media and believe it’s importance, especially for blogging, but sometimes I just can’t help but think it’s silly.

6.  Trying to get the perfect pictures for blog posts.  There’s a reason I never post about my weekend.  I either don’t do anything or every picture I take turns out terrible.  And then your friends who know about your blog see you taking pictures and ask if they are for the blog.  So what if they are!?

7.  Trying to find a “tribe.”  When I first started blogging I kept reading about how important it is to find your blogging tribe.  But let’s be real, making friends online is hard and a little bit unusual.  And I think the only thing more unusual than that is the excitement I feel when I think, “OMG, I think we’re friends now.”  Yes.  I really do think that.

8.  Food pictures.  I will always feel like the annoying kind of hipster when I take pictures of my food.  I see all the pictures online making fun of people taking pictures of their food.  This one from the day Instagram  was down for more than a few hours made my day.  And yet, there I am taking food pictures…and then not posting them because the lighting is always bad #bloggerproblems.

Do those things make you feel awkward?  I’m not the only one…right?  I feel like there is probably going to be more and more situations where being a blogger feels a bit awkward, but you know what?  I really don’t care.  I love this and have no intentions of stopping.

When about blogging has made you feel awkward? 

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  • Yes, to all of these! I had to actually laugh because it’s SO awkward talking about bloggers to other people. I definitely say, “oh, this girl I know did x,y,z” but what I really mean is “I follow this girl’s blog and she wrote about x,y,z.” I’m definitely kind of torn about social media too. I’m definitely not out as a blogger on Instagram and it feels a little weird to be straddling the border between a personal account and a “business” account. Sigh. I’m glad I’m not the only one with #bloggerproblems 🙂

  • Rachel

    There are definitely a lot of weird things about blogging! I’ve always been back and forth on social media, asking myself, “well, am I posting this as me, or posting it is a representative of my blog?”… Because for some reason those are two separate entities, in my head! I would just love my blog to be a space where I can just hang out and be me, but I’m not always the most fascinating person (and pretty sure no one cares that I spent the weekend having a 24 hours SVU marathon– again.)

  • OMG yes to all of these! I swear, I think people in real life wonder why all my friends live in other states. No lie. Like, I’m always like “A friend in Indiana….a friend in Florida….” etc etc.

    Also, I’m totally following your blog. Does this mean we’re friends now? Jk, but for real, finding you on bloglovin’ now!

  • Ashley

    I can totally relate to all of this! Have a great weekend!

  • Yes! I relate to so many of these, especially because I just started blogging. Sometimes I feel a little self conscious asking my husband to take a picture of me for my blog or posting my blog to my personal Facebook account. I really love blogging though so I suck it up, haha. I’ll start following you on Bloglovin. 🙂

    • katiewinn

      I’ve been asking my fiance to take a picture of me for a new blog headshot for weeks. Anytime he mentions something about my blog I feel a bit embarrassed even know I know he supports it. You’re right though, it’s just something we gotta suck up! Thanks for the follow 🙂

  • I can relate to all of this… the only thing worse than the things you mentioned is trying to dive into a conversation about blog design, layouts, etc with a non-blogging person. I can practically see their eyes glaze over and then I’m all forget it, I was kidding, totally joking.

    • katiewinn

      You’re so right. Anytime I tell my fiance about a new design feature I’ve added and how great it is he just kind of stares. Side note, I was looking through your blog recently and I love it. Your post about the weather and what it was like years ago cuddling with your wife and how things are different this time around, it just touched my heart. How you describe those moments from 2004 is the life my fiance and I are living now (only we don’t have to return our Netflix). I don’t know, it was just really wonderful to read something that beautifully summed up what we are experiencing now and to see what it will hopefully evolve to in the years to come. Thank you for reading!

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  • Emily Finta

    I agree with all of these! My cousin followed me on twitter and I only thought oh no she’s going to know about my blog! I still haven’t found my blogging “tribe” hopefully soon! 🙂

    • katiewinn

      Twitter, it’s just a constant struggle for me. I don’t know why I just feel so awkward about it. I think I’m finally getting to the point where I enjoy using it. I started tweeting at other bloggers and that’s made a big difference. I hope you find your blogging tribe! It honestly took me a while and I felt like that awkward new kid in school for quite some time haha.

  • OMG, I was totally nodding in agreement the entire time–especially about dying a little when my IRL friends read my tweets. It’s not that I’m a different person when I blog, but I definitely feel slightly gross promoting myself across the social media platforms. While bloggers totally understand and will often champion your stuff, too, IRL people are like–so, you’re tweeting a lot these days, eh? with a sort of side eye 🙂

    • katiewinn

      I’m so glad someone feels the same way! I agree, I’m not a different person when I blog, promoting myself through social media doesn’t feel normal. Side note, your blog name and design is fabulous. I’m so glad you stopped by!

  • Oh yes!! You hit the nail on the head. There are a bunch of parts of blogging that are just plain weird and awkward….but I still love it. 😛

  • OMG – yes to all of these! Great post.

    • katiewinn

      Thanks!

  • At this point, I’ve stopped trying to explain the whole blogger thing. I’ll just say “my friend so-and-so” and not worry about that part of it. 😉

    • katiewinn

      Haha yeah, I don’t blame you. I pick and choose. There are many people I haven’t told about my blog, so sometimes I’ll admit I’m talking about an online friend and other times I just act like I really do know them.

  • This is amazing, and so relatable! These made me laugh so hard, because they are so true. I am just starting out with my blog, and already I can completely relate to this!

    • katiewinn

      I’m glad you could relate! As far into blogging as I am, it’s still awkward. I think there are always going to be those awkward moments where you have no idea how to explain yourself to a nonblogger. Oh well, I’ll take all the awkward moments in stride, blogging is just too much fun 🙂

  • I just refer to my blogger friends as my friends to avoid the awkwardness.

    And I also wanted to let you know that there’s a typo in your post image. It says “akward” instead of “awkward”.

    • SomethingWinnderful

      Hahaha talk about awkward. Thanks for letting me know! I think I’ll go fix that haha.

  • Oh my goodness, #1 is my life! Many don’t quite understand that online friendships between bloggers aren’t as weird or uncommon as they sound. My mom rolls her eyes a little every time I start a story with, “So _______ said in a blog post yesterday. . .” But I want to talk about all these interesting things, so I keep embarrassing myself! The struggle.

    I’m a new follower of yours and enjoying it so far 🙂

  • Ugh! I hate it when no one answers a question I ask on social media! I usually delete it!

  • Hahaha this is the BEST! I agree with every single one of these.

  • Thank goodness my husband has finally met some of my blogger friends……I think for a while he was thinking I was making them up or something 😉