Do you have a blog? I know a lot of you do, but a lot of you out there don’t. For a while, back when I first started blogging years ago, there was a brief, glorious period of time when almost all of my friends had blogs of their own. Most of those blogs have slowly died or sit languishing in internet limbo these days, still up but without any new posts in the last couple of years. I loved it back then, though: seeing another side of my friends, getting to look at their lives in writing and photography and sharing stories online. It didn’t matter if these were friends I worked with, went to school with, talked with on the phone, or went out to the bar with every week — I still loved following their lives online.
I wish everyone still had blogs, man. I miss all that. Of course most of us are on Twitter. Facebook, for my purposes, does NOT count. I believe the adage is true: Facebook is where you learn to hate the people you know; Twitter is where you learn to love the people you’ve never met.
I also have all of my online friends that I’ve met through various outlets (blogging, Twitter, Flickr, DailyMile, and so on) whom I correspond with in writing, pictures, training updates, and 140-character witticisms all day long. I LOVE that. Just love it. We get to know each other through the pieces of our lives we share online, whether it’s personal narratives, recipes, workouts, or anything else. Friendships grow out of that.
What’s funny is that if all my in-person friends had blogs, I would be OBSESSIVELY reading them. If I met someone new and we became friends and I found out the person had a blog? You had better bet I would begin archive stalking post haste. You could simply not stop me from devouring each and every post. People writing about their lives is one of my very, very favorite things to read and one of my favorite ways to get to know someone.
If you’re here reading this blog, you probably feel the same way. You probably read plenty of blogs and enjoy following them on the regular. Cheers to you, like-minded person on the internet!
But here’s something I wonder about — a few things, really:
Do you have friends in person who know about your blog but don’t read it? Or, do you have in-person friends whose blogs you don’t read?
Do your in-person friends bring up things they read on your blog when they talk to you, or is it like what happens on the blog stays there? Do you assume your friends read your blog, or not?
I am curious about how these things work in other people’s lives — I have a few friends who will call me up and we’ll get to talking and they’ll say, “Oh, I read about X on your blog, what’s happening with that?” and then we’ll have a chat about it. And then I have other friends who are like, “Hey, is it cool if I ask you about that Y thing on your blog?” which of course it is, so we have a chat about that. And then there are those who are all, “Hey, what ever happened with Z?” and I’m all, “DID YOU NOT READ MY BLOG HELLOOOO,” just like Barney Stinson, and they get all awkward like, “Um, no, I have better things to do, PLEASE.”
So it’s a mixed bag over here. What do you think? How does blogging (or other social media) intersect with, you know, your “real” life?