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8 Things Only A Blogger Could Understand

By Jan 14, 2015 40 Comments

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Once upon a time ago, I wasn’t a blogger, but just your average normal 30-something woman that occasionally checked Facebook for family and friends updates.

Then something inside of me shifted, and I got the blogging bug as some would call it. That was almost 3 years ago and most who know me in my life are aware that I work from home blogging (or at least writing) and designing, too. Those closest to me have learned to accept this part of me for better or worse, but still don’t always get or understand my blogging life by any means.

If you are a blogger, I guarantee, you will not only get what I am throwing down here, but will relate, too. From first thing in the morning, until I go to bed at night (and even sometimes in my dreams), the blogger inside me lives to get out.

From friends you haven't exactly "met" and taking that picture 80 times, to living your life out loud on social media, here are 8 things only a blogger could understand.

8 Things Only A Blogger Could Understand

What is it that makes bloggers unique? What is it that only us bloggers can understand, while the non-bloggers on the outside looking in couldn’t even begin to fathom?

1. Mornings mean getting a jump start on all things blogging.

Early on it was my laptop that would get turned on even before I would set foot out of my bedroom to get breakfast or that morning cup of Joe. Now that I have an iPhone 6 Plus, it gets a lovely workout reading blogs at all times (BlogLovin is the blogger’s best friend!) of the day and especially first thing in the morning. Every day.

2. Mornings aren’t the only time to think about blogging. Blogging is addicting!

My wheels are constantly spinning with blogging ideas. Whether I am thinking about a possible new article idea or just checking my BlogLovin feed again, blogging is truly never far from my mind. I try very hard to unwind and walk away, but still the blogger that lives inside of me, truly has a mind of her own on this. Many days, I find myself hours into all things blogging.

3. Nothing is truly off limits when blogging.

My husband has been quoted as saying to our kids, “Watch out girls, mommy will probably blog about this!” Don’t get me wrong, I try my best to keep life in its proper perspective and do respect family and friends when I do write blog posts, but still so much of my real life does give me inspiration for my writing. I mean, I did start blogging to share about my family life in my blog’s inception. Sometimes I can’t resist and just have to blog about it.

4. Pictures speak a thousand words for bloggers.

Not only do I hear how I pretty much blog about anything in our lives, but then I also will hear from my husband, “Seriously are you taking a photo of what you are eating?!!” And the unequivocal answer here is: “YES!!” The blogger persona just cannot help herself and will take photos of everything and anything, because you never know when this photo could be used for either the next blog post or even a social media share, like Instagram or Twitter.

5. Social Media is addicting for bloggers, too!

How many times, have I said I will just be on here for a minute to check one thing on my Facebook feed, to turn around over an hour later and realize I’m still surfing Facebook and now also on Twitter and even my Instagram feed, too. Yup, social media is truly addicting and can be a time suck, but it is oh so much fun, too. And as a blogger you just can’t help, but lose all sense of time when checking out social media feeds even when you have a deadline and supposed to be writing an article (yes I have done this more than I should admit).

6. E-mail is never far away when you are a blogger.

I wish I could say that I don’t check my e-mail constantly all day, but sadly I check my e-mail pretty much daily. As often as you could blink, or as often as the Kardashians’ are on TMZ! SmartPhones have made this as easy as pie. I’m never far away from those email notifications. Things move fast in the blogging world, and you don’t want to get left behind.

7. Bloggers usually have a handful of friends that they have never actually met face-to-face.

When you blog, you form what is known as a blogging tribe, usually becoming friends and/or fairly close with others who may blog about similar interests. Many of these people, you most likely have never laid eyes on in real-life (some you may have actually had the pleasure to meet), but still you consider them fairly close friends and have probably shared a lot of your life with them even if you haven’t met personally. People don’t blog, don’t get this, and even think it’s strange. However, if you are a blogger, this is just a normal thing.

8. Blogging conferences are king!

Blogging conferences are truly like the holy grail of blogging. If you are fortunate to attend one, you know what I mean, but if you aren’t you also know how depressing it can be to see other bloggers and friends attending while you can’t. These are the venues where, not only can you finally meet up face-to-face in real life with all those bloggers that you adore and are friends with, but also a place where you can make amazing connections with companies for sponsorships and just overall great networking opportunities. Non-bloggers could never imagine the enormity of blog conferences or how they bring it all together for the blogger.

So there you have it, if you are a blogger, I can pretty much guarantee, you were shaking your head with a resounding yes to many of the above. And if you are a non-blogger, who knows a blogger, you probably have heard much of the above, even if it is totally different from your life.

What do you think the non-bloggers in your life don’t get?

About Janine Huldie

Janine is a published author of the books, The Mother of All Meltdowns and Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee. She has been featured on The Huffington Post, Mamapedia, Today Parenting Team and SheKnows. She also writes at Confessions of A Mommyaholic, as well as running her own graphic design company at J9 Designs. She's busy with two beautiful, zany, energetic daughters and a husband, but still trying (key word) to keep it all in perspective by attempting to make the days and nights a little bit brighter. Find Janine, also, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

40 Comments

  • Amazing post, Janine! Oh so true. My hubby doesn’t get any part of my blogging desire, but he is not very techie at all. LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  • Yes x 8! I see Clotilde added a ninth item — I’ll say #10 is that your really good friends, even the non-blogging ones, start sending you posting ideas because they know you’re always on the lookout.

  • Number nine- Spending “too much time at the computer” is normal for a blogger. LOL!

  • Deborah says:

    Yes 8 times! I also get really cranky if I haven’t blogged in a long time – sort of a blogging constipation but there’s no probiotic for it. When I blog after a lull, I’m like a cat bounding out of a litter box.

  • Sandra says:

    Amen to everything you said! My family has finally getting used to my blogging world, thankfully. They now know to ask if a certain dessert or meal has been photographed before they dive it. Good old home training!

  • Daine Roark says:

    Janine,

    You NAILED IT! All my kids, teens and young adults, say they are going to write a book one day called “Growing up with a blogging mom” and then they say the way we live is NOT normal. They claim I take my camera everywhere even to the bathroom. They also claim everyone stairs at us when I take pictures of restaurant food and sometimes the same restaurant over and over. They also say their food is always cold because they are waiting on another picture at home and in all restaurants. I tell them often just a few minutes and I will be finished with on my computer. I am that person you described. It is so sad sometimes. I am truly trying to do better this year, but I am not off to a good start with changing themes on my blog and starting a new one too.
    Thanks for making me laugh!
    Blessings Always,
    Diane Roark
    recipesforourdailybread

    • Diane, all you described and above is so why I adore you and know we truly do get each, my friend. That said so happy I could make you smile and laugh tonight Also, hoping your theme changes are going OK.

  • Tara Newman says:

    All true. I love #7 and #8. I get more support from people I have never met face to face than I do from close friends I have know for a long time.

  • Nina says:

    Yes! ALL true! (Not too proud of it, but what can I say—truth!)

  • Kiwi says:

    I was just telling everyone that bloggers take social media, pictures and hashtags seriously! Some people do it for fun, but its a serious lifestyle. If I go somewhere I am constantly looking for the hashtag to engage with and participate with my photos. Its serious…also my goal is to attend more blog conferences. I do get sad when I can’t go!

  • Patty says:

    What a great post; it was so fun reading something that I could totally relate to! I don’t know how many times my husband has heard me say, “hold on, I need to take a picture of this for my blog!”

  • Chris Carter says:

    The greatest misconception for me with all my friends and family is that blogging is just writing like a journal and THAT’S IT. Oh no no no no NO!! No one understands the time consuming tasks of connecting and being involved with writing groups on FB and Pinterest and Google plus and managing to develop relationships between bloggers and brands ETC. It’s more than a FULL TIME job…. too hard to explain though.

    LOVE yours!!

    • You know I love you and yours, too. And if I had a dollar for every time someone said that about it being like a diary or journal online, I’d be rich now! 😉

  • I used to wake up early in the morning and check the internet to make sure my scheduled post went through. Now I just check my email to see if you’ve commented on it. Much easier and more reliable, Janine! Thanks!! Also, my husband has finally stopped asking me why I am taking pictures of weird things around the house. Now he just rolls his eyes and goes on about the day. LOL!

    • Anytime Rabia and I seriously got my best blog reading done while my husband snores in bed next to me – no lie! And sadly my husband does the same with the eye rolls and shakes his head a lot, too! 😉

  • Stephanie says:

    #3 is a hard one for me, because I have always blogged about anything or everything and now that my kids are tweens / teens they actually get pretty upset about some things that I post (oops).

    • Stephanie, I am totally dreading the teens years, because right now they are pretty tolerant of me blogging about them, but can only imagine two girls during their teen years and if they are anything like me as a teenager – god help me!

  • Janine, you’ve hit the nail on the proverbial head here! My husband is now asking (in a very helpful manner), “Is this something you could blog about?” I think blogging is a family affair, even though we’re the ones writing the words.

    So well written, Janine! Thanks for sharing this.

    • Thank you so much for Sarah and I know trust me my husband can usually be heard asking me what I am going to blog about next, too. Total family affair for sure 😉

  • Karen Olson says:

    Absolutely! It is so great to be reminded that you are not a random species of human with really strange daily habits. Even though there are so many bloggers online, I haven’t met a single one in person yet. Thank goodness I have a family that gets me, sort of, until the camera comes out!

  • Kristen says:

    Yes! I can relate to so many of these! I was especially nodding my head to number 7. I sometimes laugh to myself because I have so many people who I consider friends even though I don’t even know what their voice sounds like!

  • Janine, you absolutely described it all perfectly! Yeah, my non-blogging friends look at me like a puppy that has just heard a strange noise and turns its head sideways… 🙂

  • Tamara says:

    Yes, so much!
    And I often wake up, look at the clock and wonder how much time I might have for blogging, after getting the kids ready for school. Sadly, it’s often not much.
    I love my friends I’ve never met!
    I love social media and can’t live without it!
    This article is perfect.

    • Aww, Tamara you know when I am thinking like this (which is pretty much daily as you know), you are always figured into this equation. Love you, my friend and yes can’t live without social media at all!! 🙂

  • danielle says:

    Love this post! I can relate to every single thing you put on this list.

  • Mrs. C says:

    My non-blogging friends just do not “get” that urge we have to write and share our thoughts with the world.

    http://gracefaithandgenerosity.blogspot.com/

    Mrs. C