A few months ago I joined a Whatsapp group for bloggers. Little did I know at the time the difference it would make to my life and to my blogging.
The group slowly dwindled down, until there were just seven of us. It’s now been that way for around three months, and the seven of us have become really good, genuine, supportive friends. It’s really bloody lovely.
It sounds pretty pathetic (and probably is), but for a while I had been feeling a bit jealous of other bloggers and their little groups of friends (or tribe as some call it!). Blogging can be a lonely place sometimes, and it’s hard not having someone who does it too, who you can trust, to ask their opinion of something or who can give you a bit of support.
Until a couple of months ago I had never met a single other blogger, and it kind of felt like I was the only one in the world who hadn’t. There were of course lots of bloggers who I chat to online and wanted to meet (and still do), but I had never been to a blogging event or conference before and so had never had the chance to meet any. It seemed like everyone else had someone or some people online to support them and chat to online. And of course that’s not true, not everyone has blogging friends, but I just sometimes felt like I was the only one who didn’t.
Then our Whatsapp group kind of naturally became the seven of us, and over the last couple of months we have got to know each other better and become really good friends. They’re all brilliant and I’m so happy I have them. Not only are we all there for each other for blog related stuff, but we’re also there for each other as actual real life people (!) – if any of us are feeling a bit rubbish or have something to celebrate – we are all there, and it’s so nice.
In terms of blogging, we have all seen the benefits (no, they’re not those kind of friends with benefits) of having each other and our little group. We all share each other posts, share blogging opportunities when we can and help each other out when we need it.
I have been to three events with people out of the group now (and had a great time), and hope to go to many more this year, and we are planning our own little get together soon. I am really grateful that we came together and became friends, because it really makes a difference to me having friends who are also in the blogging world.
I’m sorry if this sounds like (or is!) a big gushy ramble, but I’ve just been thinking about what a difference they’ve made to my blogging life, and so I wanted to write about it.
Do you have some blogging friends or a little group that support each other? Would you like to? Or do you think you’ve already got enough friends?!