Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blogging and Friendship

When I first began blogging, I never realized how much it would affect my friendships. My friends have always been supportive of the Warrior Queen movement, starting my magazine and blogging. They still are very supportive of it. I often get comments on my Facebook posts, other friends come to me for help designing logos and projects and others still get email updates.

I am absolutely so appreciative of all of this. It makes me feel confident that what I am doing really is my path in life. Everyone in my life who knows about my blog is supportive of it. I know that isn't always the case but I am one of those lucky few.



Since I have become serious about blogging, however, I have felt myself changing as a friend. I truly believe that I have been making stronger and firmer friendships. I have become more open about my blogging - sharing it with whoever will listen instead of just with my closest friends.





Through this I have formed stronger working partnerships with friends who might want to collaborate. I have also formed strong friendships with women I would never have met without blogging. These women stretch my mind creatively, in a way that was sorely missing from my life. I am so grateful to every single one of my blog friends - those that I have met in person and those that I have not but talk to daily.

Sometimes my blog friends know more about my life than the friends that live nearby. It is a completely different dynamic, and as blogging becomes more and more clear to me, it takes over more and more of my life.

I'm not sure how my friends feel about my newest friend Jess. I probably see her more often than any of my other friends because we meet and do blog stuff. I truly believe that we would still hang out as much without the blogging. We are just so similar. However when people ask who she is I always say "oh my blog friend that I told you about." Some friends respond with "oh yeah! I can't wait to meet her," while others respond with "oh."

Blog friends and real life friends don't have to exist in two separate parts of life. I think that it's even better when they can come together!!

It is important to have friends in different parts of your life. It is important to have strong friendships, and it is definitely important to have friends who stretch your imagination.

For the first time in a long time, I don't feel in a weird place with my friendships. I feel confident in the friendships that I maintain.

Has blogging changed your friendship and relationships?

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59 comments:

  1. I completely agree with this Raewyn. Blogging somehow has made me a better friend and I believe, a better person. Bloggers are so positive and I think the whole community brings out the best. Sometimes I feel as if my blogland friends aren't "real" relationships bc we haven't met, but its so not true!

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  2. Blogging has definitely allowed me to make stronger friendships with bloggers and nonbloggers alike. One of my best friends has a blog, too, and is has definitely strengthened our relationship because we can share that blogging bond.

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  3. I think one of my favorite things about blogging is forming relationships with people all over the world. The friends I had before I began blogging have all been extremely supportive and get excited for any success I see. It is pretty amazing!

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  4. I have got to be agreed. Friendships made ia blogging are something too wonderful , I have found some people that motivated me through everything better than the people in real life. It may sound weird to non-bloggities but that's just so true :')

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  5. Natalie BarlettaJune 26, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Blogging friends are the best friend! it's allowed me to connect with people, and make awesome friendships! I love my blogging friends!

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  6. This is a great post! I have made so many great friends through blogging - you can get to know a person's viewpoint through their blog and it's so interesting to meet them in real life.

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  7. Krista KetterhagenJune 26, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    I love finding new blog friends that I connect with. I haven't actually met in person with any of them, but I am pretty sure if you are meant to click, you will. It is such a great feeling to feel settled into friendships and know that they are lasting.

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  8. haha which jess? the jess i know? :)

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  9. You know I love that we have become besties! And I personally cannot wait to go out to the west coast and do 9 million things together!!!!

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  10. I agree completely! Meeting blog friends definitely feels weird at first, but you already have so much to talk about that it's no big deal!

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  11. I agree! It is wonderful! I wish I could meet so many of my blog friends

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  12. Since we are new to this blogging game, it's great to read what a positive impact you feel it has had on your personal life as well as your professional one! Heaps excited to jump in to blogland head first and hopefully make lots of new friends along the way :) thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  13. I agree!!! They are the best friends because we maintain them!

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  14. I AGREE! You usually motivate me a ton Miss Noor! I've missed you!

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  15. The support from your friends is amazing! I love making blog friends all over the world! It really is amazing :)

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  16. That is so wonderful! One of my blog friends is quickly becoming one of my best friends. I love that your non blogging relationships have grown as well!

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  17. YES! I am so happy that you feel that it's made you a better person - I definitely agree! And we're real relationships - just online relationships.

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  18. That is so wonderful. I also love my blogging friends!

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  19. I think that's what it's about friends both in blogging community and outside, bonus is when both worlds can merge and not collide x

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  20. I love my blog bestie Marla! She's always there to Snapchat me something silly when I'm feeling down. In real life people have been really supportive for the most part, and I consider myself lucky for that too!

    xo, Hima

    Hima Hearts

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  21. I would love to connect to more bloggers! I think that bond is really special. My real life BFF, Michael always asks me about my blog without being prompted, and I am still in the "my mom is pretty much my only faithful audience" (or at least I fee like it. So I it warms my heart when friends ask about my bloglife.

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  22. I love making friends via blogging I think that's one of the reasons that I love it so much!

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  23. I never thought I'd make so many friends through blogging, but it's been great connecting to other women with similar interests and opinions. I even became friends with a couple girls in a local shop that I visit after learning they read my blog! Great post, Raewyn!

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  24. I love blogging because of the friendships and connections I've made. It was definitely unexpected.

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  25. That's such an amazing post Rae! I've had no idea I'd make any friend online! I've already met some really amazing people (you too, you know!)

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  26. Fabulous! I'm still pretty new to blogging but I'm constantly 'meeting' new people - I have always found people more open and easier to talk to online, that's what drew me to blogging.

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  27. Deidre || Love, The SkinnysJune 27, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    The blogging community is what makes this whole thing worth it. I have so many friends that start off as blog friends and now I call and text them all the time. It makes a big difference having women that are uplifting and inspiring that also understand what you are trying to accomplish!

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  28. I have plenty of online friends since blogging. I used to think it was odd when I would mention a friend and then realize I never actually MET that person. Now these friends are close with me and it's normal to me!!

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  29. Yes! I agree! It is really wonderful :)

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  30. that's wonderful! Blog besties are the best at cheering up! I think it's because we all have a common feeling of needing something more than what our real life friends supply

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  31. aww that is wonderful!! I'm sure you have more of an audience than you know - mine always surprises me!! Let's be blog friends :)

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  32. Agreed! I know it was one of the biggest motivating factors for me to blog regularly.

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  33. That is so awesome!! Thank you :) You're definitely one of the blog friends who have changed my life!

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  34. I agree!! :) So happy to be becoming friends with you

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  35. You're so sweet Areeba! Yes, I agree, it was totally unexpected!

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  36. I have felt that way too, as a kid I was on a lot of message boards and my real life friends always thought it was weird, but it feels natural for me.

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  37. That is wonderful and I agree! At first it definitely feels a little weird but now it is so natural.

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  38. Blog friends are the best kind of friends to have!!

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  39. I am creating more and more friendships through blogging every day. More now than before as my blog grows. I RARELY get the "Oh yeah! Can't wait to meet them" when I talk to non-blog friends.. I've caught myself in mid-sentence changing the topic from my blog to something else because the non-bloggers don't care what I have to say about my baby... #struggleisreal

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  40. Blog friends are the best. I don't know too many people where I live that blog. I even arranged a blogging meetup once and no one came. So my blog friends are all online which is fine.

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  41. Love blog friends. It's a great community to be involved in.

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  42. I've been so blessed with the amazing friendships I've made through blogging. Unfortunately not all my "in real life" friends got it, and some friendships have even ended because of it, which is so weird to even write out. It's something I love to do and the people that love me support it because they support me. Great post!

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  43. Ugh! I hate that! I know that I've had that reaction from friends too, but I've slowly transitioned out of those friends. Iman used to be skeptical of them, saying they are probably different than I think because we haven't actually hung out, but he has jumped onto the bandwagon. Some of my blog besties actually follow my real life besties on social media and they interact now. It makes me happy

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  44. Aw man, that is unfortunate that no one came! I would have come if I knew / live close to you! I love blogger meetups.

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  45. Thank you so much! I agree that I have lost some friendships because they did not understand and chose not to be understanding of my busy schedule because I like to blog. It is just like any other hobby, passion or sport.

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  46. Love this post! My blog friends are some of my best friends and I wouldn't change that for anything.

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  47. This is great! I am gaining so many friendships from blogging, and I hope to continue to do so and meet them all!

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  48. Aww! That's so sweet. I'm glad you've become a blog friend of mine, too. :)

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  49. I love that some of my favorite people and favorite friends are bloggers!

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  50. I've made great friends through blogging and even convinced a few of my real-life friends to start blogging as well!

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  51. That is so awesome! I'm still trying to convince my real life friends to blog. I have a few who are on the verge. lol

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