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Blogging is Not our whole life but it does bring connection and friendship and makes our life whole.

Cindy

They’re real friends to me.
How about you?

I mean where else would anyone that doesn’t blog understand you?

The fact is they don’t and to be fair how can you blame them?

If I think back to before I started blogging, I would have probably felt the same way. In the big scheme of life, blogging is just an aspect of our lives but not our whole life, although, it can be quite consuming. It does bring meaning and connection from like minded people that understand us and that in and of itself is huge. The pandemic was a perfect time to start blogging if you started then because we were in lock down 24 7 and it gave us ways to connect when we were stuck at home.

Although I started blogging 7 years ago, it was for clients or a travel log so I could have a place to store memories but I had no idea of what I had really gotten myself into.

It sat dormant and then when the pandemic started it took on a life of its own and gave me an outlet to put all of my thoughts and feelings on paper and connect with people all over the world along with Zoom being front and center as well.

I grew to love the connections I made and couldn’t wait to hear what my friends had to say everyday. We grew close and our exchanges were real and genuine, until all of a sudden some of them would disappear into thin air and I was crushed. I used to reach out and see how they were and check in one by one until they were gone completely which always left me a little sad and it still does. I can still remember each of their names and our conversations. As a matter of fact i’m thinking of a few of you right now and i’m hoping you’re ok and doing well.

This happens in real life too. People move, we change careers, schools, get married, have kids, get divorced which all change our circle of friends and acquaintances.

But for the most part, people that don’t blog… our friends in the flesh, think we’re a little touched, weirdos, we have no real friends and we’re just wasting our time.

But wait, don’t they know how much money we’re making? Haha! Ok.for you newby’s out there reading for the first time, I didn’t pay for my house through blogging or even a pack of gum.

Not me anyway, I actually pay to keep ads off of my blog. So, if you’re reading this because you think blogging is a get rich quick scheme, you’re barking up the wrong tree so feel free to stop reading now and find those blogs that will deceive you into thinking you can and gladly take your money to help you learn. I’m just telling you like it is.

If you are like me, blogging is just an extension of what you do because sharing your message with the world is a calling.

So next time you get a lot of flack from your friends in the flesh just sluff it off. They’ll never get us, I mean how could they, especially when they hear we don’t get paid. Each of us have our own motivations for blogging but one that is universal among us, is our passion and connections that we build.

Who feels your pain when you have a snafu? Certainly not your in the flesh friends and the issues happen more times than we would like as we all know.

Either word press glitches, they change something and we haven’t a clue what to do. We end up in spam, we have a post published and all of sudden it changes and we scramble in a mad dash like it’s the end of the world. 😂

We know it’s not true but I don’t know about you, but I panic when that happens cuz I do my best to adhere to schedules, stay on track, chart my progress, check my stats at times, schedule posts, write, read, organize and my head goes in circles at times, when I can’t get it all just the way I want.

And then there are those times when we have to regroup on a minute’s notice and get something else up and running. Well to be clear we don’t have to, but if we want to keep our algorithms and SEO happy, it behooves us to do so. That’s a blog in and of itself and trust me I’m no expert on this but do visit Pooja at LifesFineWine who takes the mystery out of SEO and is really helpful and has and article SEO for Dummies.

So, when I’m sitting talking about you to my friends in the flesh at home and they look at me rather strange and scratch their head thinking I’m deranged and say “you’ve got to be kidding”. I look at them and I want to say but don’t, “of course they are lame brain, they know exactly what I’m talking about”. I mean who knows better the pains of our plight or writing in the middle of the night, editing, spell checking, research etc. than my blogging friends that are real to me.

These are the times my friends in the flesh don’t get me and never will.

So today, I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how much I value you and am happy that you get me and I get you and we are friends.

The only thing we can’t do is give each other a hug or slap each other in the face but then we wouldn’t have to because the one in front of us is the only one that deserved that mighty blow that doesn’t get us, not you.

Not cool Will Smith much as I love you! Now put on your big boy pants and apologize to Chris Rock.
Come on people now set an example in our world! No act of violence is justified nor should be tolerated especially by those of you that are influential in our world.

Copyright © 2022 Cindy Georgakas
All Rights Reserved 

We’re Sorry Chris Rock. See Will that wasn’t too hard especially when it should have never happened.

Thanks for sharing your time with me today. It was one of those mornings for me in regrouping and moving into another direction than planned. Remember that life is unpredictable and you are resilient and have the ability to pick up the pieces and move forward so don’t let anything get in you way of shining your light and love. I never ask you to do what I don’t expect of myself. Some Days we might choose to put the cover back over our heads and go to bed but most days I forge ahead like today and encourage you to do the same.

Blessings,

💖🙏🌻

Cindy

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Robin Heinen
1 month ago

Interesting. I have never thought of wp bloggers as friends, yet. Perhaps I haven’t been around long enough for that. Nevertheless, I have made plenty of friends vis other online platforms, and appreciate fellow bloggers and the interactions with them deeply. There’s truth in that bloggers will get you better in the blogging sense than others, but in all honesty I have yet to encounter people that acted like I am crazy for blogging daily. I have only been approached with respect, compliments and sincere/curious questions such as ‘how can you do this and be so disciplined’.

I don’t think my friends would think much of it. This is my way of expressing. Some people make music, some draw, others blog…

Thanks for writing this post, it made me rethink my perspective a little 🙂

Robin Heinen
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

I will certainly not rule out the possibility of establishing new friendships, here, or otherwise.

Maybe this is an odd question. To what extent do you promote your work among ‘real life friends’? I rarely talk about it, but share my blogs on Twitter. Those that follow me may know, and those have responded positive. I wouldn’t know how others might respond.

Do you want everyone to read? I somehow also like the anonymity. In fact, I think I would write my best work under a fake name. I know it shouldn’t be needed though – getting to that mindset is a process though.

Robin Heinen
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Haha, beat you to it! See you around!

inspirechief
1 month ago

I never thought I would connect to people all over the world when I started writing. It was just a way to give back and hopefully help someone. It has turned out to be so much more and has helped me to grow. 🤗❤️🙏

Pooja G
1 month ago

This is such an awesome post that I feel like most readers can relate to in some way or the other! I definitely think blogging friends are real friends. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing people from all over the world that I would otherwise never have known. I also feel like sometimes I’m more myself online than I am in real life and these people get me and can relate. I feel like we just have a different kind of connection that people who don’t blog will never get.

Pooja G
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Aww thanks so much and right back at you because you have been so kind and supportive! I’m so thankful to have met you and so many lovely people on here 💖💕

Laleh Chini
1 month ago

It sure does. Thanks for another beautiful post Cindy.💕

Laleh Chini
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

My pleasure.❤️

Shaunelius Sterns
1 month ago

I totally understand. I enjoyed reading your post.

Shaunelius Sterns
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

You are welcome.

Nancy Richy
1 month ago

You’re a good one, Cindy, a real keeper! It’s ok if other people don’t get what we’re all about, the passion that drives us to do this. The ones who accept you for who and what you are, they’re the only ones that count. The others, well, it’s their loss. Shine on, you crazy diamond! 🔸

Nancy Richy
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

✌🏼 ❤️ ✌🏼 ❤️

John
1 month ago

I have been blogging for many years, my most recent blog began in 2016. Along the way, I have made so many online friends that it’s amazing, some of which I have followed literally for years both on WP and accounts they have on Instagram too.

Blogging has made my life better and I do consider these folks to be actual friends which is so wonderful! Great post. I am here thanks to Pooja’s blog. Nice to meet you, Cindy!

Pritha Roy
1 month ago

Wow!! Although I’m yet to make any friends here becauseI have just started out,I think it was a cool post.

Ritish Sharma
1 month ago

I think your site ate up my long comment 😅
So here it is again (in short) –
It is such a sweet post. Every blogger friend we met here are so kind and supportive. We may never met each other in real, but the connection we made with each other from different parts of the world is the treasure and what can be the best reason than this to be proud of this community.

Narayan Kaudinya
1 month ago

Such a beauty of a post my dear Cindy. I know how much you mean it. As much it means to me and all of us here together. We are here, in it, together.

Thanks so much for writing.
Narayan x

Navin
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful post…I do connect with your words…blogging has not only made me to share my poetry with other bloggers…but it also has blessed me with several wonderful people, whom I can call my dear & close friends ✨❤️💫

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

You’re very kind, my dear friend…thank you…keep expressing 💫❤️✨

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

My pleasure dear Cindy ✨💟💫

Charlotte Hoather
1 month ago

Ive made lots of lovely friends through WP and have met several blog friends in person over the past nine years, I love the supportive, friendly environment and enjoyed reading your post. BW Charlotte

M Jay Dixit
1 month ago

Heart touching post, dear Cindy! I agree on all the points you make. I am glad that I have you as my friend and pen pal!

paeansunplugged
1 month ago

WordPress friends are as good as the in-the-flesh friend.
I so cherish the connections I have made here. They understand my creative abilities, they inspire me and always lend a ear to my rants. What more can one ask! ❤️

Lia
Lia
1 month ago

Found this via Pooja’s blog… very beautiful post, Cindy! 💐💐 All the good (and funny/quirky/WP!) stuff is listed here. It’s true that no one else truly “gets” the blogging experience but fellow bloggers, that’s for sure. :)) Way to bring creatives together. 👏 💗 🎉

Lia
Lia
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

I just followed you a few minutes ago! Pooja had liked my latest post so that’s how I saw hers. Have read a couple more of your posts now too. Very much admire what you’re doing here! I used to have a couple of long form life blogs. It’s a real pleasure to read some again, especially ones like these with beautiful photos! :)) :)) xoxoxo

Lia
Lia
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Thank you! 🙏💗 When I comment/read on my phone I usually don’t have my reading glasses with me, and many errors occur! 👍 😂

Lia
Lia
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

p.s. Cindy did you mean you can’t comment on your phone? Or can’t read it? Just wondering if this is another WP glitch. xoxo

Lia
Lia
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

🤗🌷

Mike U.
1 month ago

I like to hope my blog mates are “real friends.” I know I’ll never get to meet any of them in person, but considering my extremely reclusive lifestyle I realize that I have more blog friends than real-life friends. As for how family views my blogging, well, no one in my family reads my blog. It’s difficult to understand why this is. Only one “real life friend” visits my blog. So, that awkward. Perhaps, like you said, they simply “don’t get it.” As for blog friends disappearing, I can relate a bit. I’m extremely introverted (INFP) and it takes a lot of energy to put myself out there in public on a blog. I find myself becoming emotionally exhausted and I have to retreat for a while to recharge. Major depression doesn’t help, either. So I’ve been recharging recently, going through writer’s block and feeling drained and empty. It really does have an effect on how we blog or if we continue blogging at all. At any rate, I appreciate those bloggers who I consider friends and I try to let them know their friendship is important to me. That goes for you, too, Cindy. I appreciate you and your kindness and wisdom. Thank you for being my blog friend 🙂

Dee Min
1 month ago

So so sooooo loved this post. I relate 100%. I started the blog when the pandemic started and mostly because I was baring my soul, as it were, on Facebook and my words felt like they landed in an abyss. Then I wrote on WordPress and voila someone “liked”. Someone who wasn’t a FB “friend”. A stranger. Then there were more likes and comments and then there was a “follow”. It was on!!!! I found my place. This is a really cool community and I’m happy to be a part of your space Cindy. Thanks for sharing. You’re very kind in sharing from your blogging experiences. Cheers, Dee

Dee Min
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Connections happen at just the right times in just the right way to just the right people. Glad we connected 🤗🤗

Poorwa Vishwakarma
1 month ago

It was such a hearttouching post, thanks Cindy!
Blogging friends are real for me. I literally have no one in my real life who knows and understands me as much as my blogging friends do. When I first started blogging I was very afraid of online people but with time, I started to get comfortable with my community and it won’t be wrong to say that they bring my best out of me. My blogging self is definitely my favorite, I couldn’t be more real than this. I got so close to some of my blogging friends that we didn’t even hesitate to share our contact numbers to each other. These memories are just so beautiful!
You’re such a good friend to have Cindy and you inspire me a lot. Though we haven’t been able to communicate more often, it still feels so good talking to you💖

Poorwa Vishwakarma
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Yes, we feel grateful to our community in so many ways.
Yeah it’s because I was on a blogging break for a while. It was my last school year so it was very important. My exams are over finally and I’m a high school graduate now 😊 so I’ve started blogging again.
How are you?
Yes, let’s stay in touch 💖

Poorwa Vishwakarma
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Thank you so much, Cindy!
Good to hear that. When are we not busy haha? Life’s second name ‘being busy’ 😄

Poorwa Vishwakarma
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Good night, Cindy!

Jaya Avendel
1 month ago

Loved reading this interesting piece! The people I meet through sharing my writing become more and more real the more we interact. 🙂

Life Simile
1 month ago

Its really a serious question to ask!

Jika Blog
1 month ago

Don’t have friends here. I’m new here and really want to make friends 😃😃

Iiskandarmuda
Reply to  Jika Blog
1 month ago

Me too

Stine Writing and Miniatures
1 month ago

I talk to my husband and some of my in-the-flesh friends and say that I have a friend who…They’ll look at me awkward and say “you have a friend in the UK?” or “you have a friend where?”. Sometimes I say it is my “blogging friend” but like you mentioned, people who don’t blog don’t get the feel of the connection. It’s funny because once every so often a blog post will pop up from someone I haven’t “seen around” for a long time. I get happy that “they’re back”! I do check on some people, especially if I don’t see posts from them in a while. I always think that I have more genuine relationships with my blog-friends than some of the in-the-flesh friends.

Stine Writing and Miniatures
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Thanks Cindy! You are certainly on my list of blogging friends. It’s been quite a while we’ve known each other. ❤️

Timiarah Spriggs
1 month ago

Great take on blogging and blog friends. I guess it depends on the people. Some bloggers wear their hearts on their sleeves and sincerely want “real friends” and connections, while others find it easy to disappear because they aren’t as invested. In all my years of blogging (literally 20), I only made about a handful of genuine friends, but they were good, long-lasting friends until our seasons ended.

You’re right. Some of our non-blogging friends and family members don’t understand how we can be so forthcoming online, and they probably never will. It’s a writer thing. We must express ourselves at all times in many different ways.

I like your blog design, by the way. It’s very elegant.

sloppy buddhist
1 month ago

…but I had no idea of what I had really gotten myself into…
🤓it’s a real to me..just another platform…nice post Cindy 🤍🕊sending joy hedy💫

Lamittan Minsah
1 month ago

This piece, oh this piece touched my heart with warmth and good thoughts about the kind of friendship and home I’ve built here on WordPress. It’s true, few out of WordPress can understand. I’ve met sweet and wonderful people that I’d never meet elsewhere in my life, like you my dearest friend. And we tend to share a lot that we are hard to put apart. This i really cherish. I’m glad you brought this topic to light. When i was out of WordPress, every day i just felt like i was missing a part of me. And indeed i was. I’m glad to belong, dear, and to always come across and read these amazing and insightful posts. I’m glad you’ve mentioned the Will Smith issue as a close-up too. He shouldn’t have been abrasive anyway; everyone should learn to control their temper and behave properly in front of the whole world. Nevertheless, i admit too that a straight insult is less humiliating than a jocular satire, especially one about one’s spouse and career, in front of the whole world. We should generally just learn to be careful with how we treat people, both physically and verbally.

Lamittan Minsah
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

I’m glad you thought of me this fondly dear. It’s an honour and a privilege to belong to this family. And as long as i live, I’ll always be here. I’m glad you value my presence as so do i to yours. And you’re darn so right about the Will Smith issue. Thanks a lot and feel most welcome too ❤❤

Lamittan Minsah
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Hahaha… I’m all over, darling, like a bird looking for its lost fledglings. 😂😂Feel most welcome ❤

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
1 month ago

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💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎

…💎💎💎…

sanchitahobby
1 month ago

Blogging is a hobby for me too.

Dawn Pisturino
1 month ago

Lovely post, Cindy! I have met a lot of wonderful people on WordPress, many more than on Facebook, Twitter, or other sites. Have a blessed Day!

jonicaggiano
1 month ago

It takes me a while but I always swing around, usually when I can spend some time. I have started visiting people at one time instead of every day. I don’t know how you work and spend as much time blogging but I applaud you. I know we pay to write on our blogs and yet it is worth every single cent. I like you Cindy have met friends I love and pray for and they pray for me. I try and encourage people as people encouraged me when I first started. I was happy when I found you too and we became friends too. I always enjoyed your videos and your family posts. You influence people with your very hard work ethic and your connection even though you have a job. Sometimes I am amazed and wonder how you do it. There are things I do in my life that don’t allow me to be on line for much more than four hours a day. The connection is definitely what keeps me blogging. I try and talk about my childhood and connect to others who were abused and I have and that is a true blessing for me and hopefully for them. I have been mentored by people I care very much about and met friends that I love to laugh with on line and just know what is going on with them. I know what you mean about people disappearing. There are a lot of people that honestly just don’t have the time with full time jobs and family. Life is busy and we love to write but there is only so much time in a day. Thank you for connecting with me Cindy, it has been a blessing. You are my friend that is not too far away, because when you have a place in someone’s heart you are never far away. Thank you for this very lovely post and I am sending you lots of love and hugs dear friend. Love you, Joni

Karthigeyan
1 month ago

Hi Cindy!
You are one of the first friends I made here. I am sorry for not keeping up. My life took a tussle and I was trying hard to keep up. So glad to hear that you have been sailing strong here. Hope you could forgive me. 🙂

Karthigeyan
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

I missed your kindness and well put words so much, Cindy. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. My work required me to write extensively, hence my cognitive output was exhausted to write for myself or read anyone’s work here. Things are getting a bit better now and I am getting a hang of things around me. Thanks for asking! 🙂
Thanks for always for being a supportive friend. I hope to meet you in CA when I am there. You will always have a friend here in India. 🤗

Karthigeyan
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Thanks for empathizing with me and providing me comfort, Cindy. 💖 I will follow up with you soon. Thank you so much!

Karthigeyan
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

🙏🙏🙏

cathkalcolor
1 month ago

This is so relevant. There were definitely some pros to the pandemic (although way too many cons) for it allowed me to spend more time developing articles/posts. It is truly a unique experience and I take full advantage of trying to read people from all over the world. I’m still amazed at how much I learn from other bloggers and the photos that all of you share about your part of the world is inspiring. I do consider them friends because of the blogging connection.

My Rollercoaster Journey
1 month ago

Hi Cindy? How are you doing? I hope you are well. I know im behind on reading blogs, but life has been hectic and fasting is exhausting me. I’m trying to read whenever I have the time and energy. Have a great week! And yes blogging friends are real ❤️

My Rollercoaster Journey
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
29 days ago

Anytime!

Katherine Mouradian
25 days ago

What a great article! Thanks for the information, it is an interested topic that I had never given much thought into!

Infinite Living
23 days ago

This blogging world and friends are perhaps even more real if not equal to the real world out there – to me. I agree with you about your experiences – I too started bloggin 7 years ago – and I remember such precious conversations and names too, and they have just disappeared. I have found the most treasures connections and authentic growth simply by being in such profound company here. Oh yes only the ones here can understand the perils of keeping up here while keeping up with the real everyday life, that’s exactly how real and similar this and that is :)))

Infinite Living
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
13 days ago

I am so glad you took the time to recover!

Infinite Living
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
13 days ago

:))))

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