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Sep 27, 2009

YOU WRITE A WHAT?


How do you tell someone about your blog? What is your response to their look of confusion when they hear the word blog? 
You know the scenario. 
"I wrote about that on my blog." 
"On your what?"
"My blog, my web page."
"What is it?" 
"It is my personal web page, I write stuff there. I post pictures."
"Oh"
"Really it is a lot of fun. There are so many interesting blogs out there and I can connect to them from my blog and some people follow me on my blog and I follow them and we join in memes and...."
"Sounds kinda creepy."
"No it isn't creepy. There is a great community of people out there. Sometime we cook or decorate or remodel and refurbish. Sometimes we vent and sometimes we laugh."
"Well I gotta go now."
"You should check out my page. Here is the web address, let me write it down."
"Oh ya sure. Thanks." 

At this point I am having trouble convincing myself to look at my blog. My voice kind of trails off and I am left wondering how people get through the day not knowing what a blog is. They probably don't Twitter either.

20 comments:

susan said...

Lori--Yes, I understand. So far, none of my friends knows that I write a blog. Only my youngest son knows and he found out by accident. Of course, the rest of the family thinks I have an unnatural fixation with photographing food. My husband thinks the table settings have bumped up a notch :)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I hear you! Loud and clear. I kind of love that look of total confusion on the faces of some people when I mention my blog. "Your what", a bog? What's that?

No a blog. Get with the program.

I am now very careful whom I tell in my "real" life about this blog. Sometimes having those who know you read all about it, isn't always the best thing. I kind of fantasize about starting a new blog, and never telling anyone I know in person about it. I do regret telling anyone at work about it. But it is done.

Love this post.

Jen

Lynn said...

If someone doesn't know what a blog is I do the same thing that I do if they mention FOX news.
I leave.

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, this is a great subject, Lori. Not only are so many people in the dark about what a blog is (do you say blog like bog or blog like log~weblog? Not sure how to pronounce it), they aren't interested in knowing. And it is so difficult to explain, especially when I talk about the parties!! Even I feel nuts! lol!!

Great post idea, I'm coming back to see what everyone says. And BTW, my family knows about it but doesn't care to read it. ;-(

xoxo
Jane

Joanne said...

LOL ok by any chance was part of that telling Sandie how you met me??? I don't give a rats azz what anyone thinks - I have been online for so many years, playing games, dating and now this - WHY NOT!!!

I LOVE BLOGGING -- and proud of it!!!

Adore you too LORI - glad I met you through the blog and all the other personalities that go with it. Actually due to one person on the blogs I am now seriously changing my lifestyle -- so many inspirations so little time.

Sue said...

They just don't get it.... Some of my friends and sil's think I've lost my mind. You actually met someone in person?! Weren't you scared it might have turned out to be a stalker? You join parties?

Quizzical looks, shakes of the head, disbelief, wonderment. Hey, do I do any of that when they tell me they scrapbook, or enter triathalons, or play euchre? Heck no,I ask a few questions and attempt to learn something about what they are doing. But then, I am the polite one...
xo Ethel

Lou said...

Totally get what you mean Lori - people look at me sideways when I mention blogging.

Lori E said...

Glad I am not the only one who feels this way. I keep trying to come up with a good description of what I do here but I can't.
And yes Joanne this was spurred on by my conversation with Sandy at that party Saturday night.

Cindy said...

Oh girl! You're dead on! Only my husband and sister know about my blog. I have over 200 "friends" on FB and am on there every day yakking. But, My blog....it's the real me...even though I don't put many new bogs out. But, having you guys, reading yours and commenting on them...that's the real me. I KNOW....it sometimes seems awkward after I say..."I posted that on my blog"....sometimes an awkward silence! Whatever! Love following all of you!

Martha said...

I'm the same way -- although my SIL found my blog and loves it!

Shirley said...

Love your subject here. I'm sure we all know "that look" when we mention the word! In fact I mentioned my blog the other day in a thrift shop and got that blank stare. I don't bother to explain because like you said, I don't really have a good description either!! My sister and daughter read my blog but I'm satisfied just finding friends online that are bloggers too!! Can't begin to imagine how to describe "a party"!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Great suject matter Lori, and so true!! Do you know over 2 years ago when I first heard of a blog it sounded like a horror movie to me...Like "The Blog that ate NY City" had not a clue what people were talking about and now I have one ha ha!!
Girl I have tried to explain to my friends what I'm doing and some look at me like I'm in a weird S#@ room or something ha ha!! And try telling your daughter that you need to get Roosters for a party well that my friend was priceless she thought I had gone off the deep end for sure...Now you need farm animals MOM what are you doing...And taking pictures while at a swap meet and telling these people that run them your just getting them for your blog or the looks I have gotten over that one ha ha!! I don't think there is a good way to explain to your family and friends why you are buying gifts for women you never met and having a give away because they just come by and say Hi and you love these ladies that you never met...but have become so much apart of your every day life...Just know I love blogging because of the caring and sharing I can feel with my heart from these great gals...Hope you have a great week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Michelle said...
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Michelle said...

I find most people know what a blog is although they don't know many people that blog. Does that make sense?

However, I find MANY people that don't have a clue what twitter is. Or they say something like "oh where you post random thoughts".

I love twitter! But honestly, I doubt I've had 10 'random' thoughts in my life and certainly not since I was 35 yo!

Joanne said...

Totally get what you mean Lori - I mention my blog and they look at me as if I were from another planet and then give me the look of sympathy as if to say - 'Obviously got no life poor thing' - WRONG - read my blog and you'll find out - you'll soon become addicted and then be blogging yourself LOL

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Bless them, missing so much! One woman I know - a real pain in the arse - is snide about my blog because she is jealous! She has no personality and thinks herself wonderful - we don't - but she and her multiple personalities are all in agreement that she is fab!

Ali said...

The mind boggles, don't it. ;) I blog, Facebook, Twitter and forum (several of 'em). Mebbe its me who doesn't have a life eh? LOL!

Ali

A Stitch In Thyme said...

I tell folks it's like a virtual scrapbook, photo album and diary all in one. Add some medical phamplets, quips & some music and I hope it's all encompassing.

So far, people get it.

Good topic.
Tammy

Kathleen said...

LOL, so true..
And having lunch with a fellow blogger, oh the looks I got..
I don't twitter...don't care to!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I'm just bouncing all around this morning and had to comment. I included my blog address on all my Christmas cards. I figured all my friends and relatives would want to know what I was up to. Not one single comment from them. Even my own daughters who visit my blog don't comment.

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