I don’t know what I expected when I first started this blog, but I can tell you for certain that I never imagined meeting some of my closest friends just because we all like rambling on the internet. Luckily for me, however, that did happen, and now I’m in the position where I can say that I’ve built some of my strongest friendships through this little blog and can’t imagine my life without these people.
I think in most situations it’s easier to bond with someone if you have some shared experiences, and blogging is no different. I started blogging nearly six years ago (whaaaat?!) and back then barely anyone in my real life knew about my blog, or the blogosphere in general. Zoella wasn’t a global celebrity, bloggers didn’t have make up lines or land amazing mainstream ad campaigns and to me blogging in general wasn’t the social experience it is now. I remember discovering my first Scottish blogger and thinking that it was amazing there was just one other blogger in the same country as me… which was a total understatement. There are HUNDREDS of Scottish Bloggers and every time I get to hang out with them it fills me with joy.
Whether online or face to face (usually over cake), catching up with other bloggers reminds me just how much I love blogging. Being able to chat about stats and events and campaigns with people who just get it is in many ways a relief in comparison to trying to explain why you’re stressed or excited about something to someone who doesn’t quite understand what blogging is about. Don’t get me wrong, people who don’t blog can be just as supportive, and I’m so grateful for that, but talking about it with someone who has experienced it first hand often makes it so much easier.
A lot of my blogger friendships have developed past the “oh we have a shared interest so we can socialise with ease” stage, with many of the bloggers I’ve met being some of my best friends. They’ve helped me with university applications, ideas for posts, outfit inspiration, sending me photos of cats, meeting up with me for food, being the handy blog photographer and just generally being there for me. I know that if I need them I can just send them a message and they’ll help me out. I can’t imagine not having them in my day to day life now, and even if I don’t get to see them all as much as I’d like I’m just thankful for my blog for bringing people like Hayley, Lis, Morag, Jenny, Louise, Andrew and more to me in the first place.