Ten Things I've Learned From My Bloggy Friends

Today, Mama Kat asked us to share ten things that blogging has taught us. But while I could probably come up with a hundred of those, that’s not what I want to talk about. Instead, I thought I’d share some of the life lessons that my friends in the blogoverse have taught me.

Life is easier when viewed through a comedic lens. While many women of the blogosphere seem to subscribe to that particular philosophy, Aunt Becky at Mommy Wants Vodka has perfected the art. She even makes swine flu funny, yo.

Nobody’s perfect. And those that pretend to be are great-big-super-shallow-it’s-okay-to-hate-them fakers. How do I know? Because every time I write a post highlighting my own inadequacies, like this one, I get floods of support.

Target really is retail crack. I used to think my Target addiction was my own personal problem. But no. Turns out, almost every woman in the country feels the same. But not their husbands.

I’m not the only working mom who feels overwhelmed. Just about every woman who works sometimes feels as if she is floundering. For proof, check out this post by Angry Working Mom.

Stay at home moms are just as frustrated as working moms. No matter what we’re doing, we all feel like we should be doing more. Just ask This is Worthwhile.

Pregnancy, while magical, is best experienced with tongue firmly in cheek. Check out my friend Megan’s pregnant fruit portrait series for proof.

Blogging can easily go from a casual hobby to an obsession.  I don’t have a particular post to highlight for that one, but speaking from experience, and from the conversations I’ve had with bloggy friends, I know I’m telling the truth.

Speaking of bloggy friendships, they can be every bit as genuine as your real life ones. Often, in mid-conversation, my husband will stop me and say, “who?” Because I’ll be talking about a friend he’s never met.  In some cases, I know more about what’s going on in their lives than I do about those of the women I’ve known for decades.

You can learn a lot about writing from the people around you in the blogosphere. Whenever I’m in danger of getting a big head about my supposed talent, I take a wander through my reader. And I am humbled.

And…well, I’m out of gas. So I think the final life lesson I  have to share is…as long as you’re doing your best, that’s good enough. And your bloggy friends won’t hesitate to tell you so.

Now go visit Mama Kat and see what other, more inspired workshoppers have to say!

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