Well kind of.
When I think about growing up I can’t quite place myself into a certain Breakfast Club-type stereotype that explains my youth. I moved around a lot and constantly made new friends in different cities.
As I got older I realized that I would never feel comfortable in one select group. I was always the friend setting up dinners and hangouts with people from different walks of life and reveled in watching them mix across the table. Everyone always got along!
And then MySpace came along. Everyone can hate on MySpace all they want, but the truth is that it made me so many lifelong friends! I’ve always been more comfortable writing my thoughts online than in person (even if that’s not the very best thing – blame it on me being an only child) so being confident enough to share my thoughts with others over the web helped me to create bonds I didn’t know possible. And when I sit down and think about it, most of my friends that have stuck by me from the beginning and constantly build me up on a day-to-day basis are friends that originally started on the Internet.
Now that I’m a mommy I’ve seen even more doors open for me in terms of making friends. Especially through blogging.
I know it sounds silly, but I feel like I’m part of some unofficial club of women being able to relate to each other and support… oh my goodness the support. I’ve never felt support like this in my life! I do admit that it makes me a little sad not to be able to see these mamas (and non-mamas!) on the daily, but knowing that someone somewhere else is going through what I am – good or bad – is really, really comforting.
If I could give any words of advice to bloggers just starting out, or even those who have been in the game for awhile and might want a fresh take, it would be to realize that other people’s successes are yours too!
Please don’t be afraid of making friends and wanting those friends to DO WELL! I encourage everyone to realize that this is not a “I have more followers than I follow” game. This is networking at its best, but with a major sprinkle of friendship! It’s much better to be flanked with a team of successful people instead of trying to be a one man army 😉
So, in the spirit of building up really amazing women, here is my first official Follow Friday!
Diana || ForTheLovelyDays.com
Cecilia || DearestLou.com
Samantha || LifeByTheGills.com
Liv || SimplyLivBlog.com
Thi || MooreThi
Please follow these ladies and send a compliment their way today. Let me know in the comments if you or someone you know would like to link up on any networks or blogs. I’d love to discover some new insights!