“Oh, you’re one of THOSE.”

It’s always interesting to see a person’s reaction when you first tell them you have a blog, especially people you know personally. Some comments are super sweet and encouraging, like, “That is so awesome and cool and stuff. Be my best friend and you can borrow all my designer heels whenever you want. Here’s a lifetime supply of MAC eyeshadow and some tickets to Hawaii for you and 500 friends. And take this $1,000,000 and go buy yourself something real nice.”

(Important Note: I just lied.)

More frequently though, I’ve been met with this recurring blank stare, complete with a judgy raised eyebrow. They’re like, “But why do you have a blog?”

I have even been called a nerd a few times. (By the way, I believe the proper term is geek. If you’re going to insult me, INSULT ME ACCURATELY, thankyouverymuch.)

(Evil 'Nerdy' Blogger says GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.)

I go on to explain to the eyebrow raisers that I started my blog when I was pregnant as a way for my family and friends to keep tabs on me and the baby, but then the person responds with, “So, you were pregnant 2 years ago… what do you write about now?”

I think to myself: Umm… tub pooping? ‘Girlstache’ removal? Oh, you could tell them how you go into detail about your boobs on occasion. That’ll reeeeeeeally warm them up to this whole blogging idea!

So I continue, attempting to justify my silly rants and ramblings. I make it clear that I don’t take myself too seriously with the whole thing, in hopes they’ll let me off the hook and stop with the judgy eyes. I start second-guessing myself and my writing… and get a smidge embarrassed.

But then, I remember how freaking fun and rewarding the whole experience has been. How writing about my boob issues has proven to been quite therapeutic. How I’ve been encouraged to set goals for myself and follow through with them for once. And most importantly, how many amazing people I’ve met, gotten to know, and grown to love through it all.

(Just a handful of the amazeballs bloggers I've met in person)


At that point I just say, “Because I love it.”

29 thoughts on ““Oh, you’re one of THOSE.”

  1. Awww, thank you for reminding me of this day & this fantastic picture. I think it’s funny when people get all worked up about blogging. It’s really as simple as having a diary… except you’re publicly on the internet & you’re sharing intimate details with complete strangers all over the world. WHY IS THAT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND? ;]

    I can’t wait to see you next month! VEGAS!

  2. Yay for reals! I mean, I met you before blogging but we probably wouldn’t be chatting everyday or having fun hangout time!!! :) Do you wear those glasses or are they someone else’s? lol.

  3. I have been faced with the exact same responses.

    “Oh, you and your blog.”
    “What do you write about?”

    I recently wrote a post about how it seems to be our own little world, blogging…and not many outsiders understand it. But it is a small world indeed! After looking at that picture, I realized I knew 3 of those girls! How funny.

  4. I don’t tell people I blog. My family used to sometimes follow what my mom refers to as “Sam’s bog.” But they quit. I guess they got bogged down.

  5. I generally don’t tell people I have a blog in 3d land. Mainly because I don’t want to deal with the weird looks or have to give explanations. Few people know of it, but they haven’t asked for the link, and I haven’t offered it up.

  6. Most people in real life knew that I blogged, and they loved it, and complained when I took that blog down. What they really don’t get is Twitter–that’s where I get the awkward pauses, especially when I explain that I met 26 strangers in Vegas because of a stream of Twitter messages.

  7. I’m pretty mum on the whole subject. The only people that know about this IRL (that I know of) are my husband and good friend.

  8. Awww, this is such a nice post. I’m one of THOSE, too. Most of the time, when people ask me what I do, I’m just vague. I’ve found that people really don’t care about the answer. They’re just making small-talk to fill an awkward silence.

    Then again, maybe not.

  9. I have definitely been called a nerd too! Just wait until you go to Vegas. “So you went to Vegas? With who?” (my thought.. should have been whom.. but whatever) “Some girlfriends.” “Oh really? From where?” “…..blog…..” *crazy eye stare*

  10. haha YES i know what you mean. i don’t tell people in my ‘real’ life about my blog, but recently when i was having a conversation with a classmate, i was sharing a fact that came out like this: “my friend…from..the internet…said that..” and immediately got the raised eyebrows. ::awkward::
    p.s. gorgeous pic. glasses and all :)

  11. ugh i know exactly what you mean. i hate those non-blogger-judgey-eyes.

    you should try saying “well, i’m gonna blog about THIS and you’re going to look closeminded and technologically stunted. SO THERE.”

    that shuts them right up.

  12. Seriously?! I didn’t know that people could react that way. I feel so naive now. Anyway, it’s good to know that you’re not getting yourself affected by people who are trying to discourage you. You are good at what you are doing and what’s important is that you’re happy and you’re not stepping on anyone’s foot by blogging.

  13. love it!! my mom loves to tell people that i’m a “blogger”. it made for a shart ton of questions the last time i was with the extended fam. mostly WHYYYY?

  14. God bless you for blogging… I need you and your blogs in my life :)

    and I’m with Caitlyn… you’re like RIDICULOUSLY gorgeous.

  15. this post makes me happy :)
    also, do you think we could make it our mission to find a friend as amazeballs as the one you have described in the first paragraph because after them, my life would be complete.

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