Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Why Do You Blog? Friends.

Well, when someone asks me - the main perk that I have found are the friends I have found through blogging.

My absolute best friend, who knows me inside and out, she knows what I think about everything, and often what I think about the people around me I met on my blog.  Her name is Lara.  We started our blogs about the same time and we were both posting on 2P's in a bucket and we'd see each other's links in our posts on 2P's and click over.  Our first like 3 or 4 posts were almost the same.

It was eerie...

And then I realized I knew her husband, and Drew knew her.  And basically we had traveled in the same circles our whole lives without really ever crossing paths.

Lara lives nowhere near me.  In fact, she's moved twice since I "met" her and she keeps moving further and FURTHER away.  I hate that.  I wish she was my next door neighbor, but I will admit that are definite perks to having a friend so far away.  She's totally objectionable.  I can tell her things about the people around me and it's not really like gossip because I just want to get her take on things.  She'll most likely never meet any of you, although she may know some of you.  Anyway, Lara is exactly what I need in my life. 

But since then (because I met Lara at the very beginning of blogging) I've found that a lot of times.  I will solemnly follow some people's blogs because I NEED them at certain stages of my life.  That doesn't mean that I consistently follow them, or they consistently follow me, it's just nice to know you have a large network of friends.

It's truly amazing how you can have a friend who is near and dear to your heart and yet you have only met like 3 times.  Can you imagine telling that to one of our pioneer ancestors?  I mean, what would they have thought?

Sad news, I don't think I actually have a picture of the famous Lara... This is just her profile photo.  That's sad. 

Anyway, sometimes it's just hard to find people around you who really think like you do.  Blogs allow you to find your niche.  To find those people who DO think like you do.  I LOVE that part of it, I adore it.  For that alone I would keep blogging. 

Have you found friends via blogging?  Am I your friend?  I hope so.  A person can never have too many friends. :)  Well, maybe -- but I'm not even close to my quota. :)


  1. Hilary, I follow Lara too. She really speaks to me. I think I found her through "Diapers and Divinity" I honestly can't remember, but her first post I read (and bookmarked so I can read often) is called "Why it's hard" and it's about why being a mother is SO hard. It was so profound and heartfelt. I felt like she was speaking to me and I really needed to hear it that day. YAY, Lara!!

    Blogging has been such a blessing in my life. I started blogging just last May after I was released from serving in the YW for 4 years. I needed something to fill the void. And now my life is so FULL of friends. I have enjoyed getting to know you and I loved your video of making bread and all your funny comments :)

  2. Yes. You are my friend. :)

    After I got your text I thought you had blogged about some earth shattering news on your end...but how nice to read this.

    I love you muchly! I have some pictures of us together in downtown San Fran, but we need to get new ones with your svelteness and my hopeful svelteness by the time I ever see you again. :)


  3. Stay at home motherhood is a very solitary job, sometimes. Even though I'm surrounded my noise and needs and tiny people; there aren't any real conversations going on around here. Blogging is my way of reaching out into the world and reminding myself that I do still exist.

    I'm glad that you've found connections through this, as well.

  4. I remember feeling hesitant to leave a comment on a blog of someone that I didn't know personally (still do sometimes). It was like I was invading someone's home. It took awhile for me to realize that this is okay and welcome. When I started my own blog, I realized how it is nice to know who is reading through comments. Everyone loves them and a great way to make a new friend or keep a friendship going.

  5. I'm new to blogging, and I started a blog because I've always wanted to have a humor column and I didn't know where to start. As a writer, I'm still hesitant to call myself a blogger. I don't know when that will pass. But I have really enjoyed reading other people's blogs. I've met some great friends too. One has become one of my best friends, and I never would have met her otherwise. Thanks!

  6. I have met some wonderful friends on line through blogging and even a few in real life - it has been a great blessing to me. Great to finally make it to your blog :)


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