31 Days of Real Life: Be Kind IRL (in real life)


Tonight at the pre-conference party for Bloggy Boot Camp Atlanta, I enjoyed hanging out talking with Meghan and Bernice. Meghan is a relatively new Atlanta blogging acquaintance—so sweet—and Bernice is an old friend from pre-blogging days.

Another lady, alone, walked up and introduced herself and we immediately included her in our conversation. A few minutes later she thanked us, saying that “seasoned” bloggers often weren’t so friendly.

I’ve blogged since 2006, making me a dinosaur in blog years and possibly well “seasoned,” depending on the use of the term. What it doesn’t do is give me the right or reason to snub someone who’s new to the game.

Yes, you are more than your stats, but no matter how impressive those stats may be, we’re all just people (and if you’re a blogger, you know that none of it means much to most that you know or meet anyway).

Real life exists beyond the blog and how you behave in it matters.


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  1. says

    This is so true!! I don’t really know many other regular bloggers, but I think this applies to so much more too. I often feel very snubbed by photographers who are better than I am (which is… like… everyone), as though they are offended that I’d try to do what they are doing. As I improve my skill, I definitely never want to be the kind of photographer, blogger – whatever who snubs others, or refuses to compliment those who may not be as “good” as I think I am!
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  2. says

    This 2 yr old thanks you for words that will keep me in check when I’m a seasoned blogger. Life-words feeding and refreshing to my soul Miss Dawn.

  3. Blake says

    This is so accurate!! I don’t really know numerous other regular bloggers, but I think this applies to so a lot much more too. I frequently feel very snubbed by photographers who are much better than I am , as although they are offended that I’d attempt to do what they are doing.
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