An Open Letter to Fellow Bloggers

 

Today’s letter comes from Heather of At the Picket Fence

Heather is sweet, talented and full of life.  I can say that because I read her blog and her words reach through.  And I can also say that because I got to meet her in person at Haven.  She may not remember the interaction because she was just being “Heather”.  But I remember it so clearly.  We were in a break out session and I was feeling rather overwhelmed with all of the information I was hearing.  I asked a question, you know one of those ones that no one “really” answers.  As I gathered up my belongings, Heather sought me out, came up to me and told me exactly what I needed to hear, specific information and said it with so much confidence -  it was contagious.

I also share this with you now because it is so fitting with her letter today.  So, Heather, we bloggers thank you too!

An open letter to my Fellow Bloggers,

When I started this little “hobby” called Blogging in 2010 I had aspirations of sharing some recipes and projects. Keeping my family updated on our lives, maybe I’d get a little recognition along the way.

What I never anticipated is the lovely, life changing, supportive and sweet friendships I would make.

There is still this stigma attached to having “on line” friendships and relationships. Often we feel we have to differentiate between our “virtual” friends and our “in real life” friends. We might call them our “blogging friends” or our “online friends”, then we get that kind of weird blank stare from our family as we try to explain the relationship we have with these people we’ve never really “met.”

I’m not sure if I can remember the exact moment when it dawned on me that you all weren’t just my “online friends” or “blogging friends” but….my friends. My real true friends. Friends who encouraged me, supported me, patted me on the back for a job well done! The friends I turn to when I feel down, lonely, insecure or excited, proud and accomplished. No matter which side of the emotional spectrum I might fall on any given day, you all have been there for me.

Maybe that moment came when I met some of you face to face at my first Bloggers Conference.

And we laughed and talked and stayed up late in our pj’s and sweats like we were old sorority sisters or long lost friends reuniting.

Or maybe it was over countless live Google Hangouts with the most fabulous group of gals I have had the privilege to work with.


Maybe it was when you all were SO happy and excited for me when I finally saw my magazine feature. I mean REALLY excited…and you understood. You KNEW like no one else could what it meant to me.


Maybe it came after the hours and hours and hours I have spent talking photography, blogging, projects, husbands, children, hurts, joys and faith… with the most precious new friend in my life. The friend you can say “I love ya” to when you hang up and truly mean it from the bottom of your heart.

It was most certainly when I realized that even if I was moving to a new state and a new home, I already had a built in group of friends that lived in the area and were excited that I would be living close by!

So to you my dear, sweet fellow bloggers I want to say thank you! Thank you for the gift of your friendship, your support, your encouragement, your understanding. Thank you for bringing so much joy into my life. I have my first cup of coffee in the morning with you, and I close out my day reading through your own personal journeys, joys and disappointments, fears and triumphs!

Don’t let anyone tell you that the love and friendship we feel for other isn’t real. It is very, very real. You are a true GIFT to me! You inspire me every day with your creativity, your words, your passion and your strength! I am so thankful for the blessings you are in my life!

Much love to you my sweet fellow bloggers from my blogging home to yours,

 

Comments

  1. Awww, wow, excellent post, Heather. I’m so grateful to have met you at Haven and get to know you and Kari and SO many others this year through blogging. You are a blessing to me in so many ways. LIke the Golden Girls say… Thank you for being a friend! Can’t wait to see you again at Haven 2013!

  2. Kim says:

    Oh, Heather, what a sweet letter. It made me tear up. Yes, we are friends not just blogging friends. I am so glad I have had the pleasure of meeting you in person.

  3. Heather,
    Couldn’t have said it better myself! I’ve made the most amazing friends – and thrilled to count you among them! So glad we met in person and can’t wait to rip up the town again in August (there are 2 glasses of wine with our names on them)!
    Kelly

  4. Back atcha! I’ve received so much support, encouragement, warmth, and friendship from you and other bloggers I’ve met. You are all friends. This was such a lovely post and a beautiful way to start my day. Thank you!

  5. Oh Heather…what a beautiful, loving story….you are a blessing to us…I am most happy to call you “friend”…as Laura says, your personality is contagious…you are a kind soul to whomever you meet…and yes, blogging has definitely resulted in having made such wonderful friends…of which I treasure so dearly!…Thank you Heather!!…

  6. Heather, this post is so wonderful! I so feel the same way, and am so thankful for all of the people blogging has brought into my life. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you, and I hope you meet you at Haven! Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning! ~ Virginia

  7. You are very sweet Heather and your words are wonderful, happy holidays!

  8. Lucy says:

    Hi Heather, I may not know you as long as the other gals, but I can certainly tell you that I understand why you are so loved by all of them. It is easy to see your beautiful soul. You have shown me kindness,patience and understanding and I am grateful to you. Thank you for honouring these beautiful ladies today. xo
    Lucy

  9. Theresa says:

    Heather,
    To say the feeling is very mutual, seems to be a gross understatement! I’m so pleased and consider myself Blessed to know you and many of the women in the pictures above. I have bot made it to a Haven conference yet, but you are all so still very precious and dear to me. I have often felt that I joined a “sisterhood’ of like-minded people through this crazy-wonderful world of blogging. Thank you for putting it out there so eloquently.
    Hugs and Blessings to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas. You are one that I already know keeps “Christ” in Christmas, so I needn’t say more
    ~Theresa

  10. Heather,
    I remember when I approached you and Vanessa at Haven. Your warm personality drew me in and instantly made me feel welcome. Now I’ve had the pleasure of seeing and talking with you twice and I do count you as a true, real friend. I celebrate your successes right along with you. I so agree with you that these online friendships are real and I feel so blessed to be a part of this blogging world and to have met wonderful people like YOU!

  11. donna says:

    This is how I feel about my facebook friends. I loved this wonderful letter. I shared it with my “virtual” friends, because they are virtually there for everything!
    xo
    d

  12. Lovely, heart-felt letter. You made me cry… I so feel the same way, but you voiced my feelings perfectly.

    So happy we know each other and I hope we get to meet in person some day as well, but I feel like I know you already.

    Merry Christmas Heather, may every success be yours in the new year!

    xox

  13. Isn’t the net a wonderful place? And blogging is the best zip code :) So many wonderful people!! I think we do make real, live friendships. I know I have.

  14. This touched my heart, Heather! It is so true! We are thankful for YOU! Your friend, Sue:)

  15. Bliss says:

    You nailed so many thoughts I as a blogger have had. Which brings up another thought… you just never know who your words will touch.

    Bliss

  16. Heather, that was so wonderful, thank you for sharing! I love being part of the BlogTalk group and getting to know so many bloggers on such a different level – it really is awesome! Hugs & Merry Christmas to you! xoTracy

  17. Ann says:

    You and Vanessa were among the very first friends I made after I started my blog. I don’t even remember how I found you. You both have been such wonderful cheerleaders for my Etsy shop and I’ve learned so much about blogging by just hanging out At The Picket Fence. I’m honestly not quite sure where I would be without you. I would so love to meet you. Maybe someday…

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