February 3, 2014

Because This Blogging Thing That I Do Here Is Weird


Last weekend I was up in Vail and I didn't take a single picture of myself or the people that I was with. When I'm with my family or friends, taking photos of us to post here is a complete afterthought because I'm not really comfortable with posting their photos on the internet for the entire world to see.

I feel like that's asking to be on the next episode of Catfish, or that it requires a consent form or something.

Because you see ... the internet is weird. And this blogging thing that I do here is weird. 

When I first started writing, my only loyal readers were my dad and my grandmother. But then my target audience changed. And I found my voice. And now I write, and I write, and I write some more, but I'm writing for strangers. Yes, I write for myself ... but I can honestly say that if no one read my blog I probably wouldn't continue to write like I do here. I'd keep a paper journal or something.

I like to pretend that no one I know "in real life" reads my blog because it keeps me vulnerable and open and honest and real, until the censor button starts blinking in my head and I start sweating and thinking and worrying and wondering and telling myself things like, "Well shit, I don't want my dad to know that I'm having baby sex. I'm supposed to be the next Mary Immaculate ... I hope that post didn't show up in his inbox this morning." Hi dad.

It's weird when my blog comes up in conversation with "real people" because the people who know me in "real life" know that I'm fairly simple and basic and actually pretty flipping boring ... so the fact that I can turn something and craft it into a five hundred+ word blog post is ... well, weird of me.

So basically, I sit here and I publish big pieces of my life and my heart, and my personal thoughts and ideas and experiences onto the interwebs ... and yet I don't want anyone that I know "in real life" to actually read it. Because that makes all kinds of sense, doesn't it? 

For some reason, I just feel much more comfortable with the stranger in Zimbabwe having the key to my (online) diary than I do sharing even a half of a page of it with my "real" family and friends. And I have no scientific explanation for it other than: Blogging is weird.

And I guess since I'm a blogger that means that I'm weird. And I guess since you're reading this, you're weird too. So thank you for that.

Do you feel awkward posting photos of your family and friends on your blog?
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If no one read your blog would you continue to write?

xo,
Kym

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  1. I do post pictures of friends and family, just because they are so much a part of my adventures and everyday life that it almost seems weird not to have them on there - and they're all fine with it. But I do find it super weird when I'm trying to explain random blogging world practices and they just don't understand AT ALL - or when one of my friends tells me that their mom reads my blog, ha. Talk about censoring myself!

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    1. Hahaha that's too funny! I don't know if I have any friends momma's that read my blog! I will sneak a picture here or there in a collage of my brother or something, but I feel really strange including people who maybe don't know that I have a blog or something!

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  2. I totally agree. Blogging is really weird, and so hard for people outside of it to understand. Most of my close friends and family know I blog, so they're not surprised to see pictures of them pop up. I have publicly used my full name, but I never use last names for my friends. I'm also always super careful with kids - I never post photos of others' kids without asking them. Just safer that way.

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    1. Yeah!! Kids are huge, I could never post a child on my blog...and the only time I post my brother (which is rare!) he's in a collage. There are some freaky people out there .. and I watch way too much TV lol

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  3. people in my real life know I blog. I talk about it often, which to me THAT is weird. but i don't want them to read it. I think if they do I might have to censor myself and I really would rather not do that. there is such peace in feeling like the people you don't know read what you have to say.

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    1. Haha see, I never talk about my blog! If I have a campaign or something and I'm taking photos for it my family is like .. "wait, you get paid to do this, what do you mean?" it's really funny. There is SUCH a peace in thinking family/friends don't read it ... until they awkwardly bring up something you wrote about lol

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  4. I post pictures of friends and family, but I do ask if it's okay if I use their photos on the blog. I have a couple of friends who don't like me to use their names, either, so I guess that's kind of weird. I worry about my mom or my dad reading my blog, but not because I'm trying to hide anything... just because... well, it's weird, haha. I go back and forth between wanting to have LOTS of people read my blog and kind of hoping it stays small. We'll see, I suppose!

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    1. That's great that you ask! I just feel so strange ... and my blog isn't private by any means, but I like to think that it is, lol. I sometimes wish that I started anonymous, but then I'm sure I wouldn't have the connections with people that I do today through blogging. Verdict: Blogging is weird. lol

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  5. I feel the same way!! Blogging is super weird! I share my blog post on my FB page & I've had people approach me about it before. I feel like I look at them all kinds of crazy like "How in the heck did you know that!?" Oh yeah... I blog... you know about it & read it! It is so weird!! HAHA!

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    1. THIS THIS THIS! I was out to dinner once with a group of people and a couple of acquaintances that joined us were telling me about this recipe they tried off my blog and I was like ummmm you read my blog? Awkward turtle.

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  6. I've just begun the weird journey, but I definitely haven't told anyone about it...and I don't know if I will!

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    1. Haha! When I first started I was posting updates on Facebook b/c I was writing more for family and friends. I think as long as you keep it off of FB you'll be safe ... for a little while ;)

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  7. I completely agree. Being relatively new at this, I feel like I am somewhat "fake" on the blog. Everything I write about and post about is my real life, but documenting it this way is very different than what I would normally do. I post pictures here because posts without pictures are boring in my opinion. That's what viewers want to see and that's what gets people coming back to your blog. The target audience in the blog is always going to be people that "actually" know you in you post on Facebook/IG/Twitter but sometimes its more fun to post for the people that don't actually know your life!
    I love your blog and relate to all the traveling/lifestyle y'all live!
    GREAT THOUGHT PROVOKING POST!!
    xx,
    Cayte http://blogwiththebrowns.blogspot.com

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    1. I couldn't agree with this more, you're 100% spot on Cayte! This thing that we do here is weird ... who made the "rules" of blogging anyways? lol!!

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  8. I do post pictures of family members on my blog but there a select few friends with children that I know do not want theirs on the internet so I avoid posting theirs. I used to not tell anyone about my blog but decided I would start because I recently quit being that annoying person that updates their facebook with every new change in life and people started asking what I have been getting into so I casually throw in the little blog into conversation and then they are able to refer to it to stay caught up on the happenings in my life.

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    1. Haha your comment made me start laughing out loud! There is actually a Someecard that I posted once that says "I am done with the narcissism that is Facebook. If you want to know what I'm up to you will have to read my blog." Too funny!

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  9. Stop being such a weirdo, please.

    Just kidding. Love you long time.

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    1. You love me long time 'cause I'm a weirdo? I'm glad you're weird too. Muaaah.

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  10. I always feel awkward posting friends or their kids. I'll post about a couple of my closest friends but I feel weird asking people "Hey, is this alright if I post this on the blog?" So I don't. It's just so awkward!

    Your Vail pictures are so beautiful! Just like you ;)

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    1. Exactly! I feel weird because if they don't know that I have a blog and then I ask if they can be on my blog it will just be awkward! And I always stop and wonder - would IIIII want to be on a friend's random blog? Probably not. But then I don't care if I'm on another blogger's blog. We're a weird crop of people Andrea lol.

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  11. Blogging is weird... I have my Bloglovin account hooked up to my personal Facebook so it posts everything automatically for all my friends, family, coworkers, and the random people I knew in high school to see. It's always strange when someone random I haven't talked to in years says "I ready your blog!" Even though it is weird knowing anyone could read my personal thoughts, I feel that it has made me more comfortable with myself. Whenever I post photos of friends I always ask them first to make sure it's okay. They never seem to have a problem with it.

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    1. I guess I probably just over-think it, and probably watch too much TV, but I'm overly conscious of posting other people's faces on the internet....and feel totally awkward asking if they could be on my blog lol. So props to you for having the guts to do so!

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  12. I don't ever post pictures of my mother because she has specifically asked me not too. I do of Boomer though obviously, but I choose not to use her real name. Anyone else I ask them, and they are generally ok about it. My blog 'came out' in my real life group of friends and I was heavily censoring myself for awhile and then I stopped. Its my space, and I'm never writing anything bad. I've written when I had 3 readers, and now that I have a few more, so I think I would keep at it even if I thought no one was reading.

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    1. I've always enjoyed writing, so I guess it was a natural thing start writing when I first started ... but I just don't know! It's so easy to get caught up in all of the other things BESIDES writing, it's hard for me to say if I'd continue writing if I didn't have people who read and interact with me on a daily basis. It's definitely a thought to ponder!

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  13. I know the feeling. I mainly post just pictures of myself and my fiance because I know he doesn't care & I feel weird asking anyone else if they're ok with it because then it brings up conversations about it that make me feel awkward. And then I forget to have pictures of myself taken & end up with nothing!

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    1. THIS x10000 has been the story of my blogging life Jamie, lol!!!

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  14. I feel the same way with my blog. I blog for me and not for anyone else. But, because it is my blog, I don't post photos of anyone else in my family or my friends because I want to respect their privacy.
    http://liveitinerantly.com/

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    1. Exactly, Quyen! You put my thoughts into three short sentences. You could have written my blog post for me ;)

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  15. I post pictures of family and close friends, they don't mind but then again most of my friends aren't aware of my blog. I originally started it to keep far away family up to date on my life so I never technically had "zero" readers. But I still wrote when I had zero "followers." I feel like I can be more real if less people IRL read my blog - it sounds so opposite but it's true. I don't want to have to sensor myself!

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    1. Hahaha I totally understand what you're saying Kalyn! Some of the stuff that I post is questionable for my family/friends to read, but totally appropriate for strangers. It makes no sense lol!

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  16. I totally get where you are coming from! I have loved jumping into blogging world and making connections and just having this space where I can just be myself and call my own. Whenever a real life friend mentions reading my blog...I always get that semi awk feeling. I don't feel too weird posting pictures of friends/family...but I've never thought much about it really--now I am scared they are going to get catfished!! Bless it. Embrace the weird is all I got to say. :)

    PS My fiance' used to live in Switzerland and I can't wait to show him your gorgeous pictures!!

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    1. Haha sorry for putting that fear into you! I watch way too much television ;) That's so neat your fiance lived in Switzerland! Vail reminded us of little Euro villages and had us lusting for time over there again!

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  17. Haha, this is all so true and really hits home with me sweet friend - I post photos about those around me but I also prefer writing for the strangers or my blogging friends… But I have no idea why - WEIRD!! x

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    1. We're a weird group of people Cals. I'm glad that you're my internet and real life friend ;) xo

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  18. Blogging is really weird and the feeling when you first start is weird also. Your exposing yourself so much but now I love it! I love to expose my life to the world!
    Anita Hendrieka www.anitahendrieka.com

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    1. It definitely makes you vulnerable and confident, Anita!

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  19. So... I've had my fair share of drama related to people who knew me in real life and didn't like what I blogged... which was weird and hard... but when I thought about it, I realize that I hadn't said anything in my blog that I hadn't already said in person... I think it's just harder to ignore it when it's in print. Staring you in the face. I like blogging because it gives me an outlet and it forces me to consciously do things. And think about them. Instead of just avoiding them. ;) I used to exclusively use paper journals... and when those got stolen (long story), I could never force myself to write in one again. I felt much more vulnerable knowing that the things I had written were out there, somewhere. Which is weird - because my blog is the same thing? I don't know - LOL - you're right - it's weird!

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    1. Haha, luckily I haven't had any blog drama with family and friends! That all sounds annoying!! I'm glad our blogs give us a safe weird place where we can all just "be" ;)

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  20. I know exactly what you mean. I never post photos of people without their permission and feel weirded out about posting photos of my kids, although I've relaxed a bit about that. I never post their names either, although I'm probably kidding myself that that protects us in this day and age. I don't think I would keep writing if no one was reading...it's an awful lot of work for that. I also pretend that no one in real life reads my blog, although I know some people do...but most people in my "real" life don't know about it. Lately I've become slightly more ok with the thought of people finding out about it...my friend asked my why that is, and I'm not really sure...maybe because I've stuck with it for awhile now. Blogging IS weird.

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    1. I agree with ya, it is an AWFUL lot of work to maintain a blog. I've always enjoyed writing, so I would likely have a paper journal ... but I enjoyed writing when I had zero readers, so it's definitely a thought to ponder!! It's so easy to let all of the other things besides writing get in the way of blogging, huh?!

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  21. I definitely get self conscious when I know people I know in real life real my blog too. it definitely feels a little weird!

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    1. Why is that?! We're a weird group of people, us bloggers ;)

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  22. I’m very inconsistent with asking other people about putting them in my blog. Sometimes I check and make sure before I post a picture, but other times I don’t really think about it. I think it’s probably best to check before putting anyone’s picture up. I guess I just get lazy, but that is definitely not a good excuse!

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    1. GOSH GET IT TOGETHER NICOLE! Just kidding ;) This blogging thing that we do here is just weird. I think because of all of the privacy settings on Facebook, plus shows like Catfish, it just makes me always think twice. And I'm sure that I'm overthinking it and people probably wouldn't care. I'm just a weirdo. I'm glad I found blogging so I can expose my weirdness on the daily ;)

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  23. ahh yes, the joys of blogging for others, blogging for yourself, blogging for those in real life... so many people to write for, only one outlet to do it at.

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    1. Hahahaha I like that - it's definitely a thought to ponder!

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  24. my boyfriend doesn't understand why i won't tell people. he says if i put so much work into it, i should WANT people to read it. and i tell him... i do want people to read it. just people that dont actually know me. its a weird concept. it really is. i have only posted pictures of my ONE friend who reads my blog, my boyfriend, and myself. i think...i dont want someone to one day google themselves and see it on my blog. not that i'd EVER use first & last name. i use shortened versions of names. Idk. im rambling. but i understand what you mean.

    im glad we're all weird together.

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    1. It really, really is strange! I'm finally becoming comfortable with TJ reading my posts, and I've been at this for 3.5 years! Plus he's a free editor so I suck it up, lol!!! I know that my dad reads my posts because if I'm having a meltdown in one of them I'll receive a comment via text message about it lol. Sooo awkward. Exactly, I'm worried about people Googling themselves, or a future employer Googles them and then sees an inappropriate post that I wrote and then assumes that they are as crazy as I am lol...I overthink things, clearly.

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  25. omg yes. my husband's friend's wife found out about my blog and she started asking me questions about it and i legit wanted to hide! fine, i get that what i put out there is subject to be found by those i know IRL but don't talk to me about it!!!

    kathy
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    1. Haha I hate when that happens! I've only had two awkward encounters but I always find myself downplaying it like "Oh, that silly thing" ... when really, it takes up such a huge amount of my life. Bloggers are weird. Thank you for being weird Kathy, I appreciate it! ;)

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  26. Totally agree I feel weird posting pictures of others and even am not that open about my boyfriend, I feel like I am the one deciding to write so I should just share stuff about me only.

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    1. You're so right, Kiki! I just have this major thing about respecting people's privacy! I post sometimes questionable content and I don't want people associated with it if they don't want to be!

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  27. I post pictures of my family....but not all the time. They actually get excited when they see themselves on there:) And I would TOTALLY still blog if no one read my blog. I love documenting my life and my style and want to be able to show my kids that their Mom was a little bit cool one day:)

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    1. Hahaha that's awesome that they get excited. Are they Blog Famous??? ;) It's hard for me to say if I'd continue writing ... knowing all that I do now about blogging. Three years ago, yes, I'd continue writing ... but I just don't know what would happen today if I didn't have the interactions that I do, they are a big part of what keeps me going. It's definitely a thought to ponder!

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  28. I feel the exact same way. I sort of feel like my blog is just an online diary for me, and I don't really want people I know in real life (outside of close friends) actually reading it. I tell my friends the stuff I write about anyway, but it makes me feel weird thinking about others that I know reading my personal thoughts. It's very bizarre, indeed.

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    1. Bloggers are a weird breed of people, Kylie ;)

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  29. I HATE when people in my "real life" bring up my blog. I'm never sure if they are making fun of me for it or actually really enjoy reading it. It makes me really uncomfortable. I do post pictures of my family and friends on my blog but I always ask their permission first. Everyone in my family pretty much knows about my blog so they would say otherwise if they didn't want to be on it.

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    1. I know that uncomfortable feeling you're talking about very well, Jenn!!!

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  30. I am new to the blogging world and I'm pretty sure my bf thinks it's the weirdest thing. I talk about it a lot because it's so new to me. I'm not sure how I feel about ppl I know reading what I write. I like you would rather random ppl read it than my friends and fam. But I have asked a few to read and be honestly cause frankly I don't want to sound dumb in front of the whole world. I'm just starting to post pictures but I ask ppls permission first which makes it feel ok to me. Blogging is like a different world at least that's how it feels to me!

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    1. Haha blogging is definitely in a world of itself - the "blog world"!!! Blogging is weird, there's really no other way to describe it. I don't have any explanation as to why I'm more comfortable with strangers knowing my life than I am with people who I actually know and love and care about!

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  31. i love how honest this post is! and those pictures are beautiful!

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  32. Totally agree! Sometimes when i take pics of people they say "is this going on your blog" my next response "do you agree to the verbal agreement of privacy sharing" or something funny like that but I know how you feel for sure!

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    1. lolololol I'm going to have to keep that line in my back pocket Amanda!!

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  33. I get so weird when worlds collide! This weekend I was at a (blog) friend's party and all her "real" friends know about her blog. So she was asking the other bloggers and I about our blogs and I got so red-faced answering. I just stammered something about how I write about food and my cat and it's weird. Luckily I was so awkward, they will probably never read my blog! I have no problems talking to blog friends about blogging but these people, who were new to me, albeit understanding of blogging because of our shared friend intimidated the hell out of me.

    All of that to say, I totally get it. I post some friends and family's pics with no identifying words, except my husband. But if you google his name you come up with a gay nudist activist at some college in California in the 90s, so that gives a nice buffer til my blog shows up.

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    1. Hahah when I get together here with my "blog friends" and there are people around who don't blog, if one of our blogs come up we all quickly state that we're not bloggers. We should be proud, but for some reason we're all slightly embarrassed and hide the fact that we expose our lives onto the interwebs lol. omg I literally just laughed out loud about your husband's Google search lololol!

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  34. Oh man my 2 worlds just collided the other day when a post I wrote went semi-viral and a lady from my office saw it then shared it with everyone and I was forced to come clean as the one who wrote it....it was weird and slightly awkward but I got a really positive response and now it's a talking point at work, course now I can't complain about my boss so there's that haha j/k

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    1. Haha no way!! That's great that you received positive reviews ... that's always preferable to the latter!!

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  35. Lol this is so true. I feel like you hit the nail on the head! I feel the same way about blogging and the real world.

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    1. I'm glad you could relate Ashleigh! xo

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  36. As a new blogger, this was an awesome post to read! I can definitely relate to the way you are feeling and have found myself wondering the same in these first couple of weeks in the blogosphere. It is crazy, weird, and odd all at the same time...but I love it, as do you! Cannot wait to follow along with you! Xx.

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    1. Welcome to the Blog World, Hope!! It's definitely a strange world where weird people of all shapes and sizes are welcomed lol!!

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  37. Ha ha..I feel the same way!! Let the weirdos unite. hee hee.

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  38. I feel awkward posting pictures if I don't have prior permission, and I feel really weird asking people if it's okay to use their pictures on my blog. Which is why were are very few people pictures and lots of scenery pictures.

    I also made a conscious decision when I started blogging not to post my daughter's name or picture. There are several reasons a few being the internet is full of weirdos I don't want my daughter's future friends and employers reading her entire childhood via my blog someday. It's her story to tell and her decision when it comes to her online footprint.

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    1. Hahaha I'm glad we are one in the same, Kelli! I feel much more comfortable sharing photos of trees than people, and that's that for that. The internet is a creepy-deepy place and I watch too much television to feel comfortable posting photos of people without their consent. I also hardly ever talk about my blog, so being like "Oh, hey, do you mind if I post a photo of you on my blog that I don't want you to read?" is just plain awkward! I love what you said about your daughter. I will likely be the same, and I don't want family or friends posting photos on Facebook, either!

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  39. i have always wanted to go to vail! and yes, it is a weird thing we do here, this blogging thing. i wrote a post about how we are all just a little famous a few days ago
    laurenofthedoxey.blogspot.com

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    1. You can come visit me anytime, Lauren ;) Haha I'm going to have to go check out your post now :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  40. I definitely don't put up pics of friends/family unless it's a model friend and we did a special photog session. My last post, I posted pics of my neck after my surgery. I did it b/c a lot of people I met over these past few months that had surgery or need a similar surgery are scared to death of that scar they'll get across their neck. I think this really stems from horror flicks where you're dead when your neck is slashed open. I've met many people scared of that particular scar. Sharing that scar over the three month period was meant to show people that if you have a great surgeon, in three months, you won't even notice the scar. Trust me, there are a lot of people that are more afraid of having their neck cut open than anything else. They'd rather keep the tumor that will kill them inside their neck than have it removed because of their fear of having their neck cut.

    I also have weirdos searching for naked pictures of me...so I try not to post pics of myself on the blog because God knows what they do with the ones I've posted in the past. I've thought about doing pics for fashion features, but I can't bring myself to do it. I also don't have the time or patience to do it. I also find that when I travel...there are NO PICS of me in it, b/c I'm the one behind the camera. I'm taking the pictures to remind me of where I've been and what I've seen...they're for me, not for other people. Sure, I share the photos I take, but me in the pics? No one can take pics of me the way that I like. A person that looks through a lens and takes a picture of someone by looking for the beauty in the moment...that's the person I want to take my pic. The only person I know personally that does that...is me.

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    1. Whaaaat?! People search for naked photos of you Michelle?! That is crazy!!! Same thing with me when we travel ... I try to challenge myself with my camera, and it always leaves me behind the scenes!

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  41. Blogging is weird!! I always ask if there's a pic of family/friends that I want to post. I do get uncomfortable though when people bring it up in person.

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  42. Such a great post. The whole thing is weird, but I think it's a good weird.

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    1. Haha I'm glad that we all have a place where we can be weird together!

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  43. I completely agree--and it looks like tons of other bloggers do too! I usually take a few pictures to save or print personally, and if I want to use any of them on my blog, I check with anyone pictured first. If it feels to awkward to ask, I just don't use it, or I only use pictures where I'm visible. I always have a laugh when a friend or my bf asks something like, "should I move so you can take a picture of these pancakes/cute crafts/pretty sunset?"

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    1. Hahaha! TJ is the same way - he's actually started saying things like "Oh, you should take a picture of that for your blog" Say whaaaaat?

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  44. Haha I love this post! I'm still pretty new to blogging and I so I haven't figured out what exactly I'm comfortable posting but I already agree that blogging is weird and very hard to explain but I already love it!

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    1. Haha! I'm glad that we've all found a place where we can be weirdos together ;)

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  45. "For some reason, I just feel much more comfortable with the stranger in Zimbabwe having the key to my (online) diary than I do sharing even a half of a page of it with my "real" family and friends. And I have no scientific explanation for it other than: Blogging is weird." Yes to all of this!

    It totally makes no sense at all but when people mention my blog in real life my stomach kind of drops. I get the weebies.

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    1. lol, the weebies. I do as well. It makes no sense, but I'm glad I'm not the only weirdo ;)

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  46. I feel rather uncomfortable posting photos of family and friends because of what I have seen on that catfish show. You just never know who might be looking at or even using your photos. Though I would continue to blog if no one read it because it's such a great release for thoughts. But sometimes it's hard because find myself wanting to share too much that probably the world doesn't always need to know. ha

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    1. Isn't that crazy?! I actually saw a blogger who had to start writing her name across all of her photos because someone had gone through her entire blog and created a facebook account with albums and everything!

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  47. I totally know what you mean! I go out of my way to NOT mention my blog around family and when my brother's girlfriend tells me she reads my blog I get all awkward and embarrassed. Much easier to share with strangers for me.

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    1. I wonder what this all says about the world we live in ... we're more comfortable sharing our innermost thoughts and feelings with people who we don't even know ... but we want to hide it all from our loved ones?

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  48. I'd like to think I'd keep writing, but in all honesty, probably not. I see blogging as a hobby. Something that connects me with others. I like knowing someone is reading my blog and enjoying it. Just like I read yours and look forward to it.

    But that being said, I rarely tell anyone in "real life" that I blog. Only a select few know, and for good reasons. As for pictures, I have my IG open and public, so sometimes I think what's the difference? (But that Catfish show freaks me out.)

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    1. I agree with you, Brooks!! When I first started, I was honestly writing for my family and friends and posting updates on Facebook so they would know that we were still alive. Plus, with the time change in Germany it was just easier ... but as my readership has grown and I know all of the ins and outs of blogging and I let things like numbers and comments and all of that supersede writing, I can honestly say that I wouldn't keep blogging if no one would read. I'd keep a paper journal. I really don't post photos of my family or friends on my IG either. I watch way too much TV and crime shows lol

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  49. Blogging is really strange, that's for sure ha ha! Quite a few of my friends and family know that I blog, I'm pretty open about it even when they shoot me a funny look from time to time. I think the only one worried is my mom and dad, everyone else is pretty supportive. I would probably still write even if no one read, because I write for me and I want to remember events.

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    1. I've only been called out by friends twice ... and one time this past summer I hadn't written in like two weeks or something and my dad called me and said "Are you ever going to write a blog post again? You can't leave your people hanging." Now THAT was awkward lol

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  50. I honestly don't know if I'll ever come out about blogging to everyone in my "real" life. Now, I can honestly say that I act the exact same on my blog as I do in real life... I don't censor myself for ANYONE. Buuuut... I have an AWFUL time sharing my feelings... and so that's what my blog is for me, a safe place to share my feelings. Weird stuff!

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    1. I'm glad our blogs provide us with a strange land where we can let our weird and crazy shine ;)

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  51. I so relate to this! I almost wish my "real life" family and friends never even knew about this blog. It's really awkward when they bring up posts or mention things I read. I'm the same way- way more comfortable spilling my guts for strangers than some people in my real life. Sometimes it holds me back from being completely open on here, so I applaud you for throwing caution to the wind and being yourself on here. I think that's why so many people love your blog! :)

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    1. Awe thanks so much for your kind words, Kelsea :) I just pretend that my family and friends don't read my blog ... but then I honestly start to stress and worry about what THEY think of me when I put my crazy on display ... probably because I don't really care what the stranger who I never have to face thinks, ya know? Gosh blogging is so weird lol.

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  52. LOVE READING ABOUT YOUR ADVENTURES!

    I never feel awkward posting pictures of my friends and family. I feel it is more awkward to be alone in photos. Hahaha. Also, not many people read my blog. Despite this, I still continue to write. Writing is a passion and it is a skill needed to be practiced daily as to remain sharp. If you're interested, I go by the name Gina Bear in Japan.

    Check out my blog: http://ginabearsblog.blogspot.jp/

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    1. Haha you're so lucky that you have the guts, Gina! I agree that writing is a passion ... thanks for passing that little gem of wisdom on :) xo

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  53. Loved this post and the great thing about blogging is you never really know whose life you touch while still doing it for you at the same time...xx

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    1. Awww I love your comment, Tafadzwa - you're SO right! xo

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  54. You nailed it on the head....I'm new to blogging and no one that I know is aware of it. I like having my own space to put my thoughts and if they knew I definitely think my writing would be different.

    Anne
    www.lovethehereandnow.com

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    1. Ah you're so lucky, Anne! Sometimes I wish that I started anonymously .... but I know for sure I wouldn't have made the friends and connections that I have if I was just this anonymous person. I shared mine early on on Facebook because it started as a little travel diary with updates for family ... so I think as long as you don't purposely share it on FB or email or anything you'll be safe ... for a little while, anyways ;)

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  55. This is SO spot on. Blogging is super weird, but in a good way, I think.

    And it's so weird when people "in real life" bring up stuff that I've posted on my blog haha

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    1. YES!! I totally downplay it like it's not a big deal at all, "Oh, that post?" whomp whomp lol

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  56. You're so right Kym, blogging is totally weird, especially when I know my mom is checking my site every day to see my latest post. It's a lot easier when it's a faceless person reading what I write, but it's also good to know that I'm not the only one who struggles with being myself and being open on my blog. I love the honesty in your writing which is why I keep on coming back ;)

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    1. Haha! My dad once texted me when I had gone for a few days without blogging and said "Are you ever going to blog again? You can't leave your people hanging!" ... it's so awkward when a parent reads, isn't it? I wonder why that is! Thank you for your very sweet comment Danielle, I'm glad that this crazy and silly blogging world has allowed us to connect! xo

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  57. It is totally weird. I usually ask certain people if I can post a photo, while others I know they would be cool with it so I post away. I think I would still keep writing if no one was reading.. but maybe I wouldn't try as hard on making jokes ;) haha

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    1. I don't know why I feel so awkward posting photos of people! You're lucky that you have people who don't care ...my readers probably think that all I have in my life are TJ and Brutus lol!!

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  58. The only person I know consistently reads my blog is my boyfriend, which props to him considering the type of content that I write. Most of my close friends know it exists because I mentioned it when I started up, but if any of them are reading consistently I prefer to remain blissfully ignorant. It might hurt my growth rate, but I just stay away from posting anything about it on my personal social media. I'm just awkward like that.

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    1. Haha... my husband claims that he doesn't read my blog, until he randomly will bring to light that I had a spelling or grammatical error ;) Same here on the blissfully ignorant part. I've only had a small handful of friends say things about my blog...it's always been positive! But I like to keep it my "little not so secret, secret" ;)

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  59. I just knew this was Colorado (the state I live in)..I've never been up there but I know it's pretty.

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    1. Oh no way!! Where in CO are you? We're right in downtown Denver!

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  60. Since I've started blogging, and then released it to my "real life", I've had so many people strike conversations with me about it! I thought it was weird and awkward, and still kind of do, but it's also really rewarding knowing so many people in my life are interested in it.

    I just found your blog and fell in love! Maybe I'm weird but love that you are a Capricorn also, and coming from Alaska where hockey=life, I love knowing you're living the hockey life!

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    1. That's so great that you have support both on and offline, Kristan! I'm glad that you found me ... THAT'S my favorite part about blogging, the connection that can be made with people all over the world! xo

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  61. I definitely do feel awkward posting other people's pictures on my blog... and I think I try to just write and not worry too much, while keeping in mind that my mom might read it. Then again, I'm only 19, so maybe the age/maturity difference might have something to do with it.

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    1. I alllllways have my dad in the back of my head because he signed up for e-mail updates (I'm not sure when he became so savvy lol)

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  62. I love that you said you write as if no one in your "real life" reads your blog. I think I need to have that mindset. I usually don't post pictures of my family on the blog b/c they didn't to sign up for the blog.. I did.. so I usually try to keep the photos to me, hubs, and pup..

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    1. Sameeee here, Jessa! I sometimes write questionable content, and I'd hate for their names or faces to be attached to that, ya know?

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  63. I love the photos! I feel weird sometimes talking about certain aspects of my life on the blog, so I don't. It's always your choice! Remember that!

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    1. Very good advice, thank you my dear :) It's always nice to "hear" that! xo

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  64. Blogging is so WEIRD if you sit down and think about it! But to answer your question, yes. I would still blog even if no one read it except me. I love being able to look back at my posts and see how the pictures, my attitude and life has changed over the years. :)

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  66. I totally agree! It's weird for my friends to know that I blog. I try to avoid the subject. Yea, it's always a little disheartening when you get too few comments on a post. It makes me sad and makes me wonder why I'm putting it all out there and not just writing in a book for myself...

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