How active are you on the internet?
I mean – really active? Not just flicking around on Facebook and retweeting the odd interesting fact on Twitter type of active – but interacting type of active?
Here is an admission of mine – before I started my blog I was a bit of an internet passenger (aka creeper).
You know what I mean. The person who looks at their Facebook feed and thinks – “oh that’s cute” or “how lovely for them” and keeps scrolling. The person who reads a blog post, can totally relate to the content and loves the writing – but closes the window without comment.
Yep – I used to do that. Which I know sounds so odd for someone who has a blog. But to be honest, I didn’t really “get” social media before. I didn’t know why everyone was posting so much stuff up there for the world to see. I didn’t really post much – I’m quite a private person really – but I still looked at everyone’s posts. And enjoyed doing so, in a non-creepy way (weird I know).
I liked a lot of stuff I saw – but I rarely LIKED anything. I read AMAZING blog posts and never commented. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I just didn’t think to. My “mental” like was enough for me. I didn’t think the person writing the blog post wanted to hear my silly “I hear ya sister” comment on her well written article. Why would anyone want my feedback?
Then I started my blog. I hit publish on my first post. I waited for outpourings of love, like some teenager waiting in line to declare their undying love and devotion to Justin Bieber. I got some, so don’t worry the story ends well (for that post at least!).
As this happened I remembered all the times I had read blog posts and status updates and not said a word. Or even clicked like. And I thought “oh no – what a creep I’ve been!” I’d been doing what I didn’t want to happen to me– eek!
So for any of my friends reading this who wonder why I suddenly went “like” crazy on the old F-book– it’s simply that I always liked your stuff…I just didn’t always think to like it (see what I did there?). Don’t ask me why I wasn’t programmed that way, maybe it’s my old age. I’m sorry for all the likes and comments I never shared! I really do care! To all the bloggers I follow, I’m sorry too.
Don’t Worry, I Will Be Ok
Now don’t worry, you can put your tissues away – I didn’t write this post to try and get sympathy likes or comments! And I’m definitely not having a go at anyone. I just wanted to say I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I get it can be an odd feeling to put yourself out there and comment on random peoples posts. So if you’re not comfortable doing that, don’t!
I wanted to say don’t be afraid to reply to one of my posts, or write a comment on my blog – good or bad – because that’s why I’m doing this. To connect with people with similar interests…and to hopefully help you out in some way. Or at the least have a laugh and eat something yum!
So now I can say I LOVE Facebook. It is such an amazing way to connect with people – people you may never have come across without it, people who are all kinds of awesome. People like you!
So here is my final admission – I get super excited when someone comments on my blog. So even if you want to say “I hear ya sister”…I will be very happy!
So – comment – NOW! Kidding. But please do if you want. Go on. But if you don’t, that’s cool with me too.