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.
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?