Thursday, 21 June 2012

Do Bloggers Have Big Egos...

...is a question my husband often asks. He doesn't *get* blogging at all, but then he doesn't understand why people use facebook either. I guess he isn't as nosy interested in other people as I am. Thing is, blogging is essentially writing about yourself, so I suppose you would have to think you are pretty interesting to want to do that. Or do people blog as a catharsis? But if that was the case why not just save it all in a word document on your computer? I think for a lot of bloggers it's about the sense of community, linking up with others going through similar things as you, sharing ideas and experiences.

One thing I am always surprised about when I meet other bloggers is how different they are to how I expected them to be. I'm sure most bloggers are completely normal, nice people who just go about their busines day to day and write the odd blog post. But the ones that stick in my mind are the larger than life ones I've met at blogging conferences, the big personalities (or "big I am" as my husband calls them) with outdoor voices who seem to have a need to be heard. The other thing that I noticed is that there is a blogging hierarchy, the big name bloggers who everyone wants to talk to and clamours around them trying to get noticed. Why? They are just normal people, the same as the rest of us. But the point is, people come across very differently in the written word. Or is it that the written word is our true self and everything else is just an act? Or is it the noisy people who are the most shy beneath it all?

Anyway, back to clamouring round the Big I Ams. I love blogging, but I do it for my own reasons, and I won't suck up to anyone else, ever.

5 comments:

  1. Hmmm... I'm going to Britmums tomorrow - my first blogging conference - so I'm interested to see these outdoor voiced people!

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    1. mwahh ha ha, you will soon see what I mean, please report back! Here is a tip, whatever you do, don't say to the person in front of you in the queue to get in, "is this your first ____". If you do they will give you a withering look then an hour later you will see them on stage leading one of the workshops. Oh and they will also ask you which workshop you specifically want to see, do not answer, "I just rocked up, I have no idea."

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  2. I am shy. But with a lot to say. Blogging means I say it! That doesn't mean I won't be loud when you meet me-ESP if I have had a drink or two! But if sober, or nervous I prob will be very very quiet!

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    1. That's an interesting point, I never thought of it like that, maybe blogging is a good outlet for those who are shy and find it hard to make themselves "heard". I can never think of those witty comebacks that other people seem to come up with so easily!

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  3. I'm not shy and I don't really want to be one of the outdoor voice people, I don't clamour for fame. Blogging hierachy term makes me shudder, it's so not my thing! Mr J feels the same way about FB, etc. I'm only on it with my toddler mummy friends, great source of info & support. Just joined Twitter and I like it so far, Mr J rolled his eyes - again!! LOL!

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