Ever since I started blogging in October of 2007, I've been amazed at how huge the blogging world has become. Yet, it's still kind of small. How is that possible?
On one hand, I'm stumbling on new blogs all the time that I can't believe I've been missing all this time. One thing leads to another, and I've found a whole network of blogs that I connect to, relate to, and get attached to.
Yet at the same time, I feel like there are a few blogs that keep all of the other bloggers connected, making the blog world seem rather small. I think you know which "big ones" I'm talking about. Chances are, every blog YOU read probably reads one of those.
Big yet small.
People who aren't in the blog world don't get it. I don't think that bloggers are still looked upon as nerdy per se (I don't think?), but if you're not in it, you just don't get it. It's a tribe. Like Avatar, if you will. (P.S.--AMAZING MOVIE.)
For instance, these statements would never make sense to someone who doesn't blog:
"Is my header cute enough? Does it attract enough attention without looking like I'm trying too hard?"
"What the heck is BlogHer?" or "Would BlogHer ads make my blog look fat?" (or something to that effect.)
Bloggers' drug of choice is comments.
"Am I way in the stone age if I don't have 3-columns?"
Who knew a little box with the word "Followers" above it would define someone's blog? (Admit it, it does, for better or worse.)
Finding a new blog background is a big highlight for your week.
"I had no idea that people from so many random places even care about what I'm saying."
"How can that person say all of the extreme, polarizing things they say and no one cares, yet when I say something a tiny bit opinionated, people freak out?" (Okay, maybe that's a personal one...)
Anyway, you understand what I'm saying. It's a world unto itself. I actually have a whole categorization for bloggers and what category most people fall into, but I won't get into it because it might be classified as labeling people. But I do have a thesis written in my head about it.
Did you know there was such a thing as blog etiquette? Oh yes. Sneaky Momma (a great resource!) wrote this about the world of blogging. What do you think of the post? Does music auto-playing on a blog scare you when you click on the blog? Does comment moderation irritate you? Do you expect someone to "reply comment" to you or email you to say hello if you're a new follower? SO INTERESTING! (For the record, I'm not taking off my music because I love it too much, I also won't take off comment moderation, and I would feel so terrible if people took it personally that I didn't reply-comment or email everyone. But I do go through all of your blogs and take a look every now and then!)
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality wrote a great post about balancing the blog world. It really does prove that pretty much every blogger has the same things pass through their mind. I don't care what level of blogging you're in, or if you're a "too cool" blogger (that's one of my categories, by the way), you've thought about at least one of the things she mentions. Again, for the record--I blog when Evy is asleep and there's nothing that majorly needs to be done in the house. I don't understand the concept of judging someone for how much they appear to blog, because for all you know, they could have drafts pre-written, or they have a special time set aside for blogging, etc. In the same vein as the post by Rhoda, I feel like as long as your home and family aren't taking a backseat because of blogging, it's fine. Only you can determine what your boundaries need to be. Just my thoughts!
Did you know there's a conference dedicated to blogging, from casual to professional? Everyone probably knew that except for me, but Blissdom is coming up in the next couple of weeks. I'm kind of on the fence about this, because on one hand, I would love to listen to the speakers and hear people who relate to the blog world. On the other hand, I get nervous around strangers and I absolutely would die if I had to do an ice-breaker game. Or tell about my most interesting post (I don't even think I have one). Oh, and I would only go if Carrie and SD came with. So who knows? Apparently it's hard to get tickets? It would obviously be something for the future, not this go-around. Again, interesting.
Where do you fit into the blog world? What are your thoughts on "blog etiquette?" Isn't it crazy that we're kind of in a sub-universe?