On Bloggers

As I was sitting at the Bay Area blogger meet up on Sunday, listening to all the conversations around me and new friendships forming, I couldn’t help but just be happy. 

A majority of these girls had never met before and a couple it was their first blogger meet up ever!  I felt so lucky to get to play a small role in all the upcoming friendships and just to be a part of it all.

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Bloggers and the blogging community are kind of an interesting thing.  From the outside it might look kind of weird and is always a little hard (and slightly embarrassing) to explain to people not in it.

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I am sure if you have been involved with blogging for any amount of time you have been on one end or the other of the following conversations:

Well I have this friend, no I have never actually met her in person, but she is definitely my friend and she is running that marathon!
  
What running group is that?  Oh we aren’t a group, just a bunch of girls who run and also blog.
 
Oh are you going to meet your internet friends?
  
I am going across the country to run a race!  Well technically no I don’t "know" anyone, but yes at the same time I do.
 
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No matter if people really "get" it or not, bloggers are pretty awesome I must say.
 

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Every race I have been to (even the out of state ones!) I have had someone there I know either running it or spectating.  I feel like I could pretty much go to any race and not be alone.
 

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No matter what speed we run, we can all somehow relate to each other.  We have the same chaffing problems, the same bathroom problems, the same shoe concerns, the same frustrations and the same celebrations.
 
We just get each other.
 

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When we do meet in person, it’s like we have known each other for years!  I have been lucky enough to meet some of my very best friends through blogging.
 

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The community is full of never-ending support when you are down or need encouragement…

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Full of never-ending advice when you aren’t sure what to do…
 

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And full of never-ending cheers and celebration when you finally reach a goal.

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We are a bunch of friends, spread out all over the world, that are brought together and given a peak into each other’s lives by taking the time to write, vent, encourage each other, and just be ourselves.
 

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I personally don’t know where my running would be without being a part of such an amazing community of other runners helping me along my running journey.

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So it’s ok if others don’t really get it, because I do.  I am lucky enough to get to call so many incredible runners my friends and be a part of an amazing community. 

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I get to be inspired, laugh, cry, and smile daily just because of you guys.

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Thank you all for being a part of my life and letting me be a part of yours.

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Happy Blogging!

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38 Responses to On Bloggers

  1. Page June 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    I’m pretty sure that I have YOU to thank for helping me make a life when I moved to CA. Without stalking…errr…following your blog and tweeting with you and Danica, I wouldn’t have met you and so many other great folks.

    I love the blogging world and I heart you too!

  2. Faye June 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Love this!!! I can’t wait for your next get together!!!

  3. amanda June 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    I’m so glad you invited me to the meetups and I’ve been able to attend at least one. There are so many bloggers running sfm, I kind of think a meetup pre race would be cool.

  4. Kerry June 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    I really cannot imagine my life without those experiences ive had with friends ive met through blogs. I can relate to everything you wrote.

  5. Audrey June 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    Awww… this was really sweet! I know my friends all think I’m ~weird because I have so many friends that I technically met “online” (both in running and in makeup!). Well maybe not weird, but I know they don’t really get it. Blogging and tweeting is an amazing way to meet people that have similar interests/passions and I feel like people often miss out on this! :D

  6. alisyn June 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    What a beautiful post! Very fortunate indeed to have such amazing people in your life and I like you, cherish every moment! Cheers!

  7. Tara June 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    I feel so fortunate to have met so many amazing ladies through running and blogs! This past weekend definitely gave me the boost I needed since I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately, so thank you again for organizing the event and inviting me :)

  8. Kristen (inspiredbydooce) June 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    This post made me smile :) it is definitely hard to explain the blogger friendships to people who don’t get it…

  9. Sarah June 29, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    What’s so great about blogging is that each post touches someone different. Even those that aren’t active in the community feel connected to each blog runner and feel inspired every morning to lace up their shoes when they read a post. That’s how I was until a few months ago when I finally decided I wanted “in”. Running and running blogs have totally changed my outlook on running and consequently myself. I can run a 10k I can run a half marathon and well I haven’t ran one yet but I sure can train for a marathon. Here’s to blogging and to all the posts that will inspire future runners to just get out there!

  10. lindsay June 29, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    aww precious ;)

    blogging is hard to explain to others without feeling like a dork/loser… but it has brought me some amazing new friends and that is not loserific!

  11. Denise June 29, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    crazy that i read this today. i was thinking while hating my life in the pool this morning that i miss having running to blog about. i’m still running but it’s over shadowed by the biking and swimming lastely since they are my focus. and not blogging about it makes me feel disconnected in a way from all the great bloggers i *know*. i could blog more but who wants to hear about a swim workout? i don’t even want to be doing the workout let alone reading about it! :-)

  12. Laura June 29, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    I tried to explain to an real life friend about a ‘virtual’ friend I had through blogging.
    I gave up.
    The blog community is just awesome….

  13. Tonia June 29, 2011 at 5:58 am #

    I love this post. It’s so very true. I have made some great friends blogging. I’ve even stayed over at other bloggers’ houses without meeting them IRL before. And Katye and I used to always say “Oh, we’re blog friends” and people would look at us weird. Other bloggers “get it” those outside of it, not so much.

  14. Heather @ Dietitian on the Run June 29, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    Love this!! I’ve been blogging for almost three years now (whoa) and can’t believe how many people I’ve “met” that have truly become friends – it’s soo awkward to explain, but so fun to go to new cities and have someone to meet up with! :) I’ve also learned so much about running from reading various blogs – way more than a Runner’s World has ever taught me.

  15. Lauren June 29, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    I love this! And it’s so true. It’s something that I’ve gotten out of blogging that I never expected. I didn’t start blogging because I wanted to meet friends, but now I don’t know where I’d be without them! And while it’s still a little weird to explain my “internet friends” to people, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  16. Morgan June 29, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    I’m with Heather, I’ve learned so much and have forged some great friendships from blogging. Ironically no one really looks at me like it’s weird anymore because I’m so upfront and honest about it, I kinda have to be to explain how I met Spike. :)

  17. marlene June 29, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Awesome awesome post and sooo true! It’s hard to explain to people who aren’t “in” it. yeah, these are my “internet friends” (fav term) and they rock!!!

  18. Beth June 29, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    I love this! I think most people who don’t blog just totally don’t get it. You have internet friends? Isn’t that creepy or weird? Nope, its AWESOME!

  19. Alyssa June 29, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    I LOVE THIS!!!! This is so, so true… thank you so much for being a part of my blogging life, too!! I have met so many great and awesome and even best friends through blogging, and I definitely count you among them. Thank you, blog world! :)

  20. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy June 29, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Ah, cute. I always feel funny about telling people “my friend in ____ who I know through blogging” but sometimes it’s necessary to explain the connection. That being said, I’m not ashamed of it, it’s just that a lot of people don’t get the blogging thing or the personal connections that can be made from it.

  21. Jen June 29, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    Great post. I have met so many friends through blogging including YOU, and most of my Portland friends! Such a great group of people.

  22. Amanda @ There Are 2 Sides June 29, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    This is the sweetest thing ever. I am totally jealous that you have blogging/running friends in your area. I have no Running bloggers within 45 minutes. Ugh….So I carry the torch alone for now!

  23. danica June 29, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    I am so glad to have met so many great people through blogging too! It still blows my mind that people would want to read about my life and find inspiration through me and my little random writings. It is sometimes hard to explain but it’s totally worth it! :)

  24. Holly June 29, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    love it! i’ve enjoyed it so far and look forward to meeting many more people…very inspirational!

  25. Molly June 29, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    What a wonderful post! I am still new to blogging but I am a military wife so “steady, everyday friends” are not the easiest people to keep in my life :/ I am SO thrilled to have discovered healthy lifestyle and fitness blogs that can connect me to the people out there who REALLY ARE LIKE ME! Haha I’m obsessed with fitness, great food, laughing, and loving life. Now that I have started my own blog I feel that I am one post closer everyday to forming new friendships and starting new adventures.

    Thank you for the wonderful and encouraging post!!

  26. Amanda - RunToTheFinish June 29, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    You are so right…people who are IN it don’t get the meet ups, but they are some of the best thigns I have done. I have made some amazing friends and know we know people all over the country for any race!!

  27. Cate June 29, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    I love meeting people through blogs – you already have so much in common! Thanks again for organizing on Sunday…it’s always so much fun to meet other bloggers

  28. Jessica B. June 29, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I consider people I blog with/ tweet with my friends and thats how I tlak about them. It’s a little weird sometimes when you have to explain it to non bloggers. But I feel like I know some bloggers better than I know my real life friends…don’t tell them that though :)

  29. Katy @ RunKatyRun June 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    I’m new to blogging, but I hope to someday have friends and support through it like you do =o)

  30. Jaime June 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    Hi Aron!
    Ok I am finally going to comment on your post:) I love this post! My husband is always teasing me asking how my blogging friends are doing. Also this inspired me to finally create my own running blog. I love the blogging community!

  31. Nicole June 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    I love BLOGGERS!!!! :)

  32. alisa June 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    So true! Someone at work asked me how I met my friends in Portland, it was kinda weird to say blogging but it’s so totally true. I’ve met and run with people from all over the country—sooooo awesome.

    Yay blogging.

  33. Susan - Nurse on the Run June 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    I love this post and I love that I’ve actually in it!! I used to keep my blog a secret from most people, but I’ve met so many people through blogging/twitter that it’s hard to do that anymore. Definitely flew across the country to run a marathon with bloggers. :) And it was amazing! Some people don’t get it, but once I explain they think it’s really cool. I know I could show up to any big race and know people there…and I’ve never met some people who I consider to be some of my really good friends! What a crazy world this blog world is. :)

  34. Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs June 30, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    I’ll echo everyone and say I love this post!!

    I just started blogging and it’s amazing to me how much support you get from perfect strangers. I agree that I could probably go anywhere and find someone to meet up with!

    Your blog was actually one of the first ones I started reading and it definitely inspired ME to start writing. I tried to keep blogging a secret at first and realized — why I am ashamed of something I LOVE to do???

    Yay for bloggers :)

  35. RoadBunner July 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    *tear* What a sweet post! I heart bloggers and tweeps, too!! And lots of my friends I owe to you and your awesome blog meet-ups :)

  36. RoseRunner July 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    how truly incredible that you have met so many friends and been a part of so many meet-ups! It is all you Aron. Your personality brings people together, and your proactive-ness makes gentle promises to “run together someday” actually come true.

    So glad I missed some of that scorching weather last week. Yikes

  37. Ali @ inkedrunnerette.blogspot.com November 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    I’m new to the blogging world but this is why I started mine! I’m in the bay area too (Northbay). Not to sound like a “stalker” but hope to see ya at the races. Love your blog!

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