If someone had told me nearly 3 years ago that I’d have some amazing friends, I’d never have met them but they would come to be my support network I’d have laughed my fat arse off. You wouldn’t believe it though would you? How could people who live inside your phone be a source of laughter, comfort and people that you can rely on to tell you how it is? Well that’s exactly what did happen. I’m not even sure how it came about but it did.
They are people just like me, who blog for fun, to make a living or just because they love writing and it’s an outlet. For laughter, tears, mayhem and more. The other day I was asked why I started blogging and I couldn’t really give a definitive answer. I know that I may come across as confident across social media and maybe even my blog but I’m really not. I’m blundering along through life eating far too much cake than strictly necessary and making it up as I go. Just like most other people.
These guys though, they get me. They get my sense of humour, maybe even share it. A meme can pop up and straightaway I can think of the perfect person or persons it would relate to. In ‘real life’ Facebook I’m mostly ignored, people scroll on by without a care but in the blogging world there are those certain people who have your back know that it takes blood sweat and tears to build your Facebook page only to find your most recent blog post has a reach of 3. They’ll like and share away as do you for them.
I remember seeing someone talking about a ‘blogging tribe’ and thinking what a load of pretentious bollocks that is. But I fell into one and I’m very happily cwtched in the middle of it even though I still hate that name.
The guy that everyone gravitates towards when they start blogging, come one, come all Daddy of Dad bloggers Martyn Kitney is my first mention. He took me under his wing – mind you I’m not so sure I’d want to be there now having seen his sweaty pits – you’ll have to go browse his blog or ask Hannah Cupcake Mumma to see what I mean! Stevie A Cornish Mum was there for me back when I was a terrified newborn blogger and was the one that made me see that big follower numbers didn’t equal unapproachable.
Martyn also introduced me to Alan OMG It’s a Girl (not sure if I should thank him or smack him in the gob for that one) guaranteed to be risque, totally bonkers and with the cutest daughter you ever did see. Tracey Hooks & Dragons and Ember Relentlessly Purple who make me laugh every single day, pick me up when I’m feeling down, give me advice when I need it and are always there for me.
Someone who makes me roar with laughter over on her Facebook page and shares a mutual love for Tom Hardy – the only other woman in the world I’d ever share him with is Gemma Life is Knutts. If you ever want a gin in one hand and the worlds best cakes in the other, she’s your girl.
If you happen to be reading this because you just started blogging and you feel like nobody takes any notice of you, you just don’t where to start or you’ve tried to chat to people and not got very far, any of these guys will be happy to talk, help or in Tracey’s case make you the best damn softie you’ll ever purchase!
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