Wednesday, December 21, 2011

why I love little blogs

I've been thinking about this post for awhile now.

I hope that it's no secret that I absolutely adore blogging.
It's a hobby that I never thought I would enjoy this much.
I've always loved documenting my life (I kept diaries & journals when I was younger), and being from a small town, it's a great way to meet different people from different places, each with their own ''story.''

Even though numbers don't really matter, I must admit that I get a little giddy when I notice my follower count has gone up OR when a favorite blogger of mine finally notices my blog & starts following along (that's always pretty AWESOME)… But, I do worry though... As my blog gains more exposure will I be able to maintain the bloggy friendships I've already made? Will I be able to make new ones? In my mind, the smaller the blog, the easier it is to relate to the author and between comments & emails… it's a great way to make a new friend.

But if I'm 1 of 2000 followers, how will the blogger ever really notice me… let alone get to know me!? It's happened where I stumble across a blog I totally love, try to make a connection with the blogger but seem to go unnoticed. FYI, when this happens, I do not hold a grudge… If I love the blog, I continue reading it!I understand that blogging takes up a lot of time and I appreciate the effort that person is putting into their posts!! 


At only 330ish followers, even I find it hard to reply to all my comments!!
Between work, the kids & other responsibilities, sometimes ''the blog'' must be put on the back burner… you know, LIFE does comes first!  I think we all struggle to find that perfect balance!

I'm so happy that I've had the chance to make some great friends on 'smaller' blogs… and as many of them are becoming bigger and I’m absolutely thrilled!
I like when it feels like I ''discovered'' them before they were ''big.''
It's kind of like knowing someone before they become really famous, right?

There are so many wonderful little blogs out there for us to discover, bloggers who are just starting out, and I hope we can all find just a little time to help them get on their feet!



So, that's what I really love about ''little'' blogs…
the chance to ''connect.''
Let's face it, in the grand scheme of things, I'm definitely STILL a little blog… but I've come a long way, baby! ;)
If you're a new follower and I haven't followed back… let me know! I try to follow everyone who takes the time to support my little blog. And when you leave a comment, tell me a bit about yourself… maybe we have more in common than we think!? Wouldn't that be awesome!?


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56 comments

  1. Great post! I'm bad at responding to comments via email but I make an effort to visit the commenter's blog and comment on their posts and read along. I admit I am one of those people who get a little hurt when I visit blogs and they never visit mine. Silly I know :)

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  2. Okay, so how did you read my mind and write exactly what I have been thinking...I'm happy that I've known you since "the beginning":)

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  3. I love your post! I agree. I'm only at 174 followers, which is "huge" compared to the 12 I had back in August. It's not a numbers game for me, although I really want to try to reach out and touch/bless people somehow some way. In that sense 174 doesn't seem like much. But, then, it is easier to connect with people and actually begin a friendship that hopefully goes beyond the blog!

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  4. LOVEEEEEE this :) You hit the nail right on the head Lena! I love commenting back to people and chit chatting. Most of you guys I feel I could sit down and have a hot cup of coffee with and not have to worry about awkwardness because I know we wouldnt be at a loss for words. Glad that I've known the majority of you guys since I started out!

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  5. I'm still small time, but I couldn't agree more that life has to come first. I think sometimes because I'm absent in the blog world-- I'll stay little. However, I'm happy that I am able to connect with those who come and visit me often : ) I love my blog friends.. and I love catching up on my blogs when I get a chance.
    Best-
    AOK

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  6. OMG you and Nay are reading my mind today! I too love the blog friends I've made and I too wish I could make a connection with the bloggers of some of those BIG blogs. I often feel like there is no point in leaving comments when 300 other people have because really who has time to read 300 comments! lol :)

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  7. what a very sweet post! you're one of my 42 followers. and even at that number, there are days i feel like i'm not sure i can keep up ;) but i do always LOVE the comments and hearing back from people. i have met some of the most amazing people through blogging and i really enjoy what a supportive community it is.

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  8. As one of the "VERY little blogs" at 9 followers, any help is good help!

    It's good to know the people who have a ton of followers know what it's like to start out! Sometimes I forget that those people weren't always that big =) Maybe someday I'll be like that too!

    Sending you sunshine,

    Rachael @ You, Me and Natalie
    www.youmeandnatalie.blogspot.com

    P.S. - I'd appreciate the followback! =)

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  9. What a wonderful post, Lena! I hope you always remember us little people ;) Kidding-- you're such a sweet sweet lady and I'm so happy I've gotten to know you through blogging! YAY!

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  10. On the scale of little blogs, I'm teey-tiny. I love reading other blogs, though, and like you I attempt to make a connection with the writers and usually fail. I always assume it's because my blogs are kind of a specialty niche (one is about our journey with our son down the road of special needs, the other is about my WAHM business and general craftiness) that if some one is not interested in, well, it's just not interesting. Like you, I don't take offense. :-)

    -Meg

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  11. Love this girl! I am so happy I got the chance to get to know you and I can say that you are my friend! No matter how big we both get you will still be on of my favorite blog friends. :)

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  12. I'm I've been trying to respond by e-mail too but I get overwhelmed sometimes! I'm partial to small blogs too - I like the intimacy and honesty. :) But there's a few mega bloggers that I love. :)

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  13. I definetly agree with you on everything! I love reading blogs and it is a little bit addicting. I think the smaller the blog is, the easier it is to form relationships with the people behind them :)

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  14. I totally agree. :) As my blog has grown I've tried really hard to keep those friendships I made early on, but it is hard. Just do the best you can. :)

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  15. So true! This is a great post. I love blogs under 1,000 followers. I totally feel like im noticed when I comment. I love a cuple big blogs but its like reading a magazine then. I like when it is personal.

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  16. Such a great post and SO true! I tend to enjoy and connect with smaller blogs for this exact reason!! I want to get to know people :)
    Ps- you're just awesome!

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  17. Such a good post! Sometimes it's easy to get lost in the number game. Blogging is definitely a lot more fun when you can make some connections and feel noticed. :)

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  18. You totally read my mind! I feel like I'm losing connections because a silly thing called life keeps getting in the way :) You rock girl and I look forward to continue to follow your adventures :) Much love!!

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  19. I totally agree! I dearly love all the bloggy ladies I've met - some days you're literally what keeps me from falling apart. I love this post! Your blog rocks!

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  20. What I love most about blogging are the connections I get to make. But even with my little blog, as it's grown and my own life has gotten busier, it's really hard to keep up with those connections. I try to "keep it real" and I hope that my readers and commenters feel appreciated and that I love them and love getting to know them!

    Thanks for the great post!!

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  21. Love this Lena!! I feel the same way sometimes about reaching out to "bigger" blogs and never hearing a response back. I understand why they can't get back to everyone, but it makes me cherish all the "little" blogs and the constant connections I have with them and how much I love them all! I will never forget all those who reached out to me in the first few months and helped me {and still help me} along :)

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