Life’s Lessons: Blogging is Good For You

Welcome back friends!  It’s time for Life’s Lessons.  Don’t be shy–just jump in with me or Sara and share what’s on your heart this week.  Doesn’t have to serious or funny.  And you don’t even have to make a list.  Grab the button, link up your post and visit the other participants.  And spread the word!

Today I’m also linking up with my friend Missy for her Great Blogging Anniversary Linkup and sharing about the ways the blogging community has improved my life.

1.  The blogging community makes me feel a little more normal.  Or maybe you all are just as weird as me.

2.  The support has been incredible, especially when I write the hard posts and bare my soul.

3.  I have people to talk to via twitter, email or gchat during the times that I can’t leave the house.

4.  You all have been so helpful in providing parenting tips and tricks.  And without judgement.

5.  You all have taught me to be more open-minded and accepting of people different than me.  Thank you for that.

6.  I’ve rediscovered a passion for writing.

7.  You make me laugh.

8.  You’ve helped me with my cooking skills.

9.  You’ve been my free therapy.

10.  You’ve helped me realize that there are so many good people out there who are willing to help and walk with me.

I admit it’s kinda weird calling you friends considering I’ve never even met 99% of you.  But it’s true.  Blogging has really brought some fantastic people in my life and for that I’m so grateful.

Do Sweat the Small Stuff

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  1. Online friendships are real. In so many ways, the people I’ve met through blogging have been there for me more than the flesh and blood ones.

    I, for one, am glad YOU are my friend, Rach.
    Alison@Mama Wants This recently posted..You Were A Friend Once

  2. Like Alison said above, my blogging friends have been here more than the people that I know in “real life”. You all mean more to me than they do. I can honestly say that my best friends have come as a result of blogging. (And maybe one day you can make it into that category too. HA! I’m totally kidding, girl!) xo
    Kimberly recently posted..Where Have I Gone?

  3. Totally agree! Which is why I find it so hard to step back at times hen I need to as I love the friendships and interactions. I just need to find a truly good balance as yes blogging is good
    Emmy recently posted..Proud Mommy Moments: GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL!

  4. I’m new to this blogging world. Just getting started. I had no idea this world existed. I mean, I knew people blogged, but I didn’t know the sense of community you could develop. It’s pretty exciting meeting all of these new “friends.” It’s like finding Facebook all over again:)

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”

  5. I *so* agree with you, girlfriend! Blogging has been so very amazing for all of the reasons you’ve said!

    (Free therapy! Hee! So true!)
    Galit Breen recently posted..Inspired

  6. I am totally in agreement with you! It’s really life changing and hard to explain for total non-bloggers, you know?

    Thanks so much for linking up. I’m so glad to have “met” you. 🙂
    Missy | Literal Mom recently posted..5 Ways Blogging Improves Life

  7. I’m addicted to you guys for all of the above reasons. Well said, Rach!

  8. it sure it, it’s good for your heart and your soul and your smile. I’m just so glad our paths crossed and I get to read all your words. 🙂

    TGIF xo
    Kir recently posted..The Post Where My Sons Prove They Don’t Know Anything About Sex

  9. I am amazed at the amount of support and friendship I got when my mom passed from all these wonderful friends I’ve never met. It’s very good for you.
    Lisa recently posted..That’s my boy.

  10. It’s amazing, isn’t it? I would never have believed it’s possible to have true connections with people I’ve never met before, but the past one year has proven me wrong! I’ve met so many incredibly sweet and supportive people through my blog, some of whom I now call ‘friend’ in the truest sense of the word. Thank you for sharing your blogging experience with us, and for linking up with the Great Blogging Anniversary Linkup. Your post really showed how much blogging can really change lives.
    Sweaty recently posted..And Here I Thought…

  11. I ditto, ditto, ditto that last paragraph.

    I simply started because well, I have no other creative outlet. And now…I do it for the relationships I’ve built with people I may never hug. And that kinda hurts my heart.

    But…I’d rather have them in my monitor than not in my life at all.

    Fab read!
    Carrie recently posted..Being accepted just the way I am isn’t so SCARY after all…

  12. Wouldn’t it be great if we all got a therapist’s paycheck…
    Ahhh…a girl can dream.
    The blogging world is an awesome place. Saved me more times than I can count.
    So glad that I met you friend.
    Kimberly recently posted..I’m All About Deals

  13. It is great therapy…and so good to know there other weirdos out there like us 🙂
    Natalie recently posted..Happy One Year Anniversary to My Blog!

  14. I sometimes wonder if the connections that I’ve made with other women online are really REAL.

    And, in truth, sometimes they aren’t Sometimes the relationship ends at a few happy tweets and a couple of nice comments.

    But sometimes? The conversation continues for weeks on twitter. And then email. And then plans are made to meet in real life.

    Those women? Are the real deal. 🙂

    Thanks for linking up!
    Ryan (The Woven Moments) recently posted..My 5 Favorite Blog(ger)s Right This Minute

  15. Amen! 😉
    Branson recently posted..#3in30 Check-In

  16. I feel the same way, Rach. It is weird to think that we may never meet any of our online friends, but they’re still friends indeed!
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..Wordish Wednesday

  17. I am so proud to call you my friend. 🙂
    Kim recently posted..Eyes of March

  18. I agree with all of these Rach! Although we haven’t met most of the people we engage with and call friends they are still supportive when we need them and understand what we are going through.
    It’s a bond many outsiders don’t get.
    Leighann recently posted..March Break … Wonderful

  19. Ditto, Rach!
    Just Jennifer recently posted..Fresh Photos

  20. Agreed with everything except any improvement in my cooking skills! I find that people I know in person don’t quite get how I can call my online people “friends” but it’s so true. And having those connections while I’ve been on leave from my career and home with little people has made ALL the difference for me.
    Jessica@Team Rasler recently posted..Luck

  21. Blogging has been amazing for me too. And you’re totally right about the free therapy and other bloggers helping to make you feel normal. Thank Goodness for blog friends 🙂
    Sara recently posted..Life Is Waiting….

  22. Blogging is truly amazing! I have met truly amazing friends through it.
    JDaniel4’s Mom recently posted..Oreos Birthday Lunch and a Memory for Muffin Tin Monday

  23. Blogging is good for the soul if we do it the right way. Focus on the connections and not the numbers and you will truly enjoy it.
    Jessica recently posted..Bring On The Sunshine

  24. Oh girl, I hear ya. The relationships made via blogging are so real and very special. Love this post! 🙂
    Rach recently posted..Loaded Baked Potato Salad