Blogging Connections

When I first started blogging I had a hand full of readers.

I knew all of them.  They were comprised of family, friends and other parents of monoamniotic twins.

It never occurred to me in the beginning that others would find and read my blog and engage in dialogue with me.

When that happened, it was a huge bonus.

One of the things I love most about blogging is the interaction with others it affords me, and it makes me laugh to think that in the beginning I wasn’t even aware of that perk.

Yesterday I received a package in the mail from New Zealand.  From one of my bloggy friends.  Just because.

It made me feel super special.  It made my whole family feel special because she sent all of us something, including my husband.  How thoughtful is that?  She hand picked and individually wrapped a present for every member of my family.  Sue has never met me, yet she took the time to do something special for us because she knew it would make us happy.  You know, this isn’t the first act of kindness she’s shown me.  When a friend of mine was dying of cancer and I didn’t know how to act, she emailed me and shared personal experiences with it.

I didn’t plan on singling Sue out in case it embarrasses her, but I wanted to use this as an example how how blogging and the friendships we make doing so can enrich our lives.  It’s a beautiful thing when others will go out of their way to leave a kind word, words of encouragement, or just a funny comment to make you laugh.  You all do this for me, and I can’t tell you how much it is appreciated.

P.S.  Sue is guest posting here tomorrow, and her post is heartfelt and a bit of a tear-jerker.  Be sure to check back.  You won’t want to miss this one.

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}

Comments

  1. 1
    scrappysue says:

    awwwwwwwwwww 🙂 – you sent me something first remember angie! …and you’re right – seeing how happy it made you guys, was just about as much fun as putting it all together. oprah was right – when you give, you get.

    if u took more pics i’d love to see them!

    happy sunday night 🙂

    oh, and i dont embarrass very easily. i almost have as many kids as you do remember 🙂
    .-= scrappysue´s last blog ..photostory friday: gettin’ busy =-.

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    Latree@Dandelion says:

    wow that was too sweet. it happens to me with my bloggie friends too…
    I hope someday it will happen between us, Angie 🙂
    .-= Latree@Dandelion´s last blog ..the illiterate =-.

  3. 3

    You are so right….setting out for one thing and gaining much more than you expected. I love blogging for that. Sue sounds like a special person can’t wait to read her guest post. Happy Sunday Angie!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Sundays In My City-Bremen =-.

  4. 4
    Susie's Homemade says:

    That is so cool!!

  5. 5
    Evonne
    Twitter: _MamaJules_
    says:

    That is so sweet!

    There’s a lot more to blogging that I first realized. I’ve met so many cool people. I hope to meet more and get to know the ones I’ve met ever more. You included 🙂
    .-= Evonne´s last blog ..Mission MonkeyI’m Helping & So Can You =-.

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    erica
    Twitter: mommysstillfab
    says:

    I love that! How thoughtful!

  7. 7
    Heather
    Twitter: pennypinchingma
    says:

    Sue sounds like a lovely person!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Lolly38 – What’s Under Your Wild Side? (Review & Giveaway) =-.

  8. 8
    Ash
    Twitter: ashatshades
    says:

    I come a callin’ Angie because your good people, through and through. And the bloggy world, just incredible. How else would I get to know so many great ladies way over in California?! And Virgina, and Oklahoma, and upstate New York, and, well you know.

    Looking forward to reading tomorrow, as always.
    .-= Ash´s last blog ..Sunday Funnies =-.

  9. 9

    so nice!!

  10. 10
    Kristina P. says:

    I agree! I had no idea the connections and friendships I would forge once I started blogging.
    .-= Kristina P.´s last blog ..Hey Mickey, You’re So Fine, Hey Mickey! =-.

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    alicia
    Twitter: projectalicia
    says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I started with less than 12 readers, mostly family. This is a whole new world and I love the interactions. That is so incredibly sweet of Sue. I get a sweet email and it makes my day, so I can only imagine what a package would do… lol
    alicia
    .-= alicia´s last blog ..Friday Flip Offs! =-.

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    Becca - Our Crazy Boys
    Twitter: beccascrazyboys
    says:

    I love it. Isn’t it the best? My husband said it’s kind of like internet dating for friends, but it’s so much more than that.

    🙂

  13. 13
    Amethyst Moon
    Twitter: Amethyst_M
    says:

    I have to agree that in the short time I have been doing this, I have made some real friends. I’m looking forward to meeting some of them in RL at blogher10.
    .-= Amethyst Moon´s last blog ..One eskimO CD & Tshirt Giveaway plus free download =-.

  14. 14
    Shell
    Twitter: shellthings
    says:

    It is amazing, the connections that we can make blogging. 🙂

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    Stesha
    Twitter: SteshaSims
    says:

    Sue sounds really awesome. You can find some really wonderful people in this community.

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha
    .-= Stesha´s last blog ..Thanks To Awesome Advertising I Now Want A Swagger Wagon =-.

  16. 16
    threeundertwo
    Twitter: threeundertwo
    says:

    This is the part that’s so hard to explain to others. I feel very connected to many blogging friends (including you!) It makes the whole world a little smaller and sweeter to me.
    .-= threeundertwo´s last blog ..Finished for Friday: Lady of Milkweed Manor =-.

  17. 17

    Wow. I’m so looking forward to getting to know different, wonderful people from all over the world– that I would otherwise never meet if not for blogging. People who, if they lived in the same neighborhood would totally be chillin’ with me. It’s cool to not be limited by my geographic location–there are so many kindred spirits out there just waiting to make a connection.
    .-= Jo´s last blog ..Summer Bucket List =-.

  18. 18
    S Club Mama
    Twitter: sclubmama
    says:

    isn’t it amazing the connections we’ve made blogging? I never thought anyone would read my blog but I adore my readers! And I adore those whom I read.
    .-= S Club Mama´s last blog ..my new love =-.

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    Julie@my5monkeys
    Twitter: aprilmom00
    says:

    thats is so cool and I agree its been great to make friends over the world
    .-= Julie@my5monkeys´s last blog ..***** Winner of Lovin Scoopful Prize Pack =-.

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    Jennifer P. says:

    I have loved the kind gestures done for me by blogging friends too. I think the whole blog world is amazing in its capacity to open up the whole world to you for friendships.

  21. 21
    Jenners says:

    Blogging has been rewarding far beyond what I ever expected too!!
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Little One Art: The First Stick Figures =-.

  22. 22
    Katie
    Twitter: rnrgrl
    says:

    I know what you mean! I’ve met so many great, FUNNY people through my blogging and even thought we’ve never met in real life, I know that if we ever did, we’d have a wonderful time. I feel like I’ve known them for a very long time, instead of just a couple months. What a treat!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Eight More Things About Me =-.

  23. 23
    Amy
    Twitter: mmommie
    says:

    Aw that’s so sweet! I’ll be back tomorrow to check it out!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {Guest Post} =-.

  24. 24

    I’ve only been doing this three months now, and I’m shocked at all the connections made. People have really reached out (people like you!!!) to encourage and connect, and it has been such a positive experience.

    The only downside is not being able to hang out with all these cool chicks IRL. We need a bloggy bar. 🙂
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..What’s that smell? Oh, wait, it’s me. =-.

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    Rachel
    Twitter: RachelVoorhees
    says:

    I couldn’t agree more! I love emailing and writing back and forth on blogs, Twitter, email. I never thought about that when I started. It is so fun! I also noticed you got the SexyBookmarks to work! 🙂
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Mr. Needs a Vacation! =-.

  26. 26
    Theta Mom
    Twitter: ThetaMom
    says:

    I love this post because it goes to show you that the connections we make online through our blogs ARE real. Anyone who doesn’t blog may not get that – but WE do. And in two words? Simply awesome.
    .-= Theta Mom´s last blog ..Toile Tales Etsy Review and Giveaway =-.

  27. 27
    Live.Love.Eat says:

    Too true Angie. And in the spirit of how true that really is, did you know I am going to visit Kacey this coming weekend of Chronicles of a Mommy? Yes indeed. It’s amazing how close people can become without ever meeting. That’s the beauty of women. They feel so much with their hearts they don’t need much else.
    .-= Live.Love.Eat´s last blog ..Triple Cheese Mushrooms =-.

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    Rachel -- Following In My Shoes
    Twitter: Rachel_L
    says:

    Amen — and, for me, YOU are my Sue. :=)

    You are always more than encouraging and you obviously reach out to your readers . . . regardless if they fly under the radar (like little nobody ME!).
    .-= Rachel — Following In My Shoes´s last blog ..Dear Face … =-.

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    Brooke G. says:

    Wow – my first time visiting and am amazed with your blog.
    I wrote this week about blogging too… different angle – but still. Blogging is so inspirational for me and there is such a supportive community. It is sometimes just nice to feel like someone, somewhere is really listening – ya know!!!! Love this and SUE (obviously) ROCKS 😀
    .-= Brooke G.´s last blog ..YOU CAPTURE: DOF =-.