Monday, October 12, 2015
Discussion Post- Blogging Vs. Real Life
I've been thinking of this topic for a while. A lot of times on blogs I see people say they're not comfortable in large groups or social situations, or they're just introverted and need alone time to recharge. The other thing I see a lot is bloggers saying that one reason they blog is because in "real life" they don't have anyone, or very many people, to talk books with. I can understand that. With a few exceptions, there aren't many people in my life who care about graphic novels or want to talk about Game of Thrones or the new mystery. So we blog, and find our people.
It's like going to book or game conventions- sometimes you go to your first one and it's like being home. And then of course there is always con withdrawal when you have to leave. Does anyone else get this?
Now I'm not saying every book blogger is an introvert or dislikes crowds or whatever- it's just an observation. But it seems that we get something from the blogging community that we don't get in real life. And maybe I shouldn't distinguish the two- blogging is real. Even though we may never physically meet the person who leaves a comment, or whose blog we visit, it's still valid- and often even friendship in some cases. Many of us talk about things that "real life" friends or maybe even family members don't know about! A recent example is the mental health stigma posts I saw recently. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there.
Most people in my life know I have a blog but for the most part they probably don't ever look at it. And that's fine! I have the blogging community to talk books. We can share stories about book signings, talk about favorite bookstores and just share the love of books in general. What if a dystopia happened and the Internet went away tomorrow? We'd survive but maybe our lives would be a little less richer, a little less special with all the bookish connections, and yes friendships, that we've made.
So- blogging vs. real life? Maybe they're not so distinct after all. Real life will always take precedence of course- but I think we're pretty blessed to have this as well.
What do you think?