Friday, 26 April 2013

Blogging is for sad geeks

Yes, that's what I overheard when I was walking home this afternoon having collected Mini from school.

The conversation, which I strained to hear over the noise of the traffic and a whining 6 year old accidentally heard as I followed two women and their herd of children, went a bit like this:

"I've sat inside playing Candy Crush all day"
"Yeah, I was on there earlier. I'm stuck on Level 95"
"Have you ever read any of them bloggy things on the web"
"Nah, full of emotional shite and made up crappage"
"Yeah, that's what I'd heard too. The people wot write them must be proper sad geeky types"
"Yeah, with no friends. Bet half of them aren't even real people anyway"

Wow! I thought. Here are two women who clearly know very little about blogs, and what they do know is clearly wrong. I began to wonder though, as I walked behind them if I would be considered one of those proper sad geeky types. Well, to be honest, yes I probably would. The NC and I are self-confessed geeks. He works in IT support so it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that he is of the geek persuasion, and I married him so... Plus of course there are our addictions healthy interests in Dr Who, Torchwood and Red Dwarf!

So here we are, a world of proper sad geeky types who write emotional shite and made up crappage, some of us real, some not? I wonder if there is a difference between those who write blogs, and those who only read them?
I don't care if my bloggy pals are sad or geeky. To me, they provide a world of support, interesting stuff, laughs, amazing images and emotional, heartfelt writing. And last time I checked I was real, and I have real life and online friends.

Do your non-blogging friends understand you blogging? Are they interested in what you write? Have you encountered blog ignorance?


32 comments:

  1. yes blogging is geeky, and there is nothing wrong with that. Steve Jobs was a geek, and adopted - he was okay. My friends were great, but my parents daren't look at the intimate details I have written!

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    1. Too right, Steve Jobs did alright for himself didn't he!

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  2. Hello my name is Gem and I am a Blogging Geek!! I am unashamed of my addiction as I feel it makes me a more rounded (definitely weight-wise - I should get a hobby that involves more exercise really) and emotionally healthy individual. I love Dr Who and sad soppy love stories (as well as Buffy The Vampire Slayer - I'm not helping your cause here at all am I?). I love to read blogs and actual books, although mine tend to be on the Kindle these days so there's no paper involved. I love the blogging community. There are some lovely people out there in the ether who are putting their brains to use and not playing Candy Crush all day long (I'm still only on level 19 I think). I shall stand up and be proud!!

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    1. I've recently tried out Candy Crush and TBH I cannot see it, but then at least I tried it before knocking it!
      Do be proud - I am!

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  3. In all honest to actually answer your question, I don't think many of my non-adoption friends are that interested in reading the blog. People surprise me every so often by posting a comment but I don't actually expect anyone to read what I write. It's always lovely to see that people actually do. I wish I had time to read more of other people's. I do think people give me a bit of a blank look generally when I say I write a blog though.

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    1. It's funny I get the same here I think. Unless people comment it's hard to know if they're reading, but I suspect they do out of nosiness sometimes rather than interest in adoption!

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  4. blogging is what you make it; and most blogs i read are funny, interesting and heartfelt. so what if we're geeky! its a great hobby to have and through it you can meet some real life friends too.

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    1. Absolutely. And I'm looking forward to meeting some other real life bloggers at Britmums Live!

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  5. OMG! Those people need educating in the subject of blogging! A lot of my friends are interested in my blog, some couldn't give a c**p about it, but thats fine with me because I blog for me!! I love reading blogs too. If people think I am geeky then let them haha

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    1. Totally agree. Though I wasn't about to confront them in the street and tell them about the pros of blogs and blogging. Geekiness is trendy anyway isn't it?

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  6. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. It sounds like they are the illiterate people who amount to nothing except complain about other people instead of getting on with their own lives! I love my blogging and the blog community and I don't care who knows. My OH thinks I am a bit sad but has started to come round to it since I have started to get paid and rewarded for this blogging malarkey. Who's sorry now?! Thank you for linking this post up to PoCoLo. Great discussion piece xx

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    1. Thanks Tori. I think ignorance played a big part in their conversation. Once you become part of the blogosphere it's all too easy to think that everyone else knows about it too, and enjoys it, but I had my eyes and ears opened by overhearing that conversation. Thanks for hosting #PoCoLo

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  7. Err I think you failed to point out the fact that it's much sadder and infinitely more 'geeky' to be sat inside playing Candy Crush all day - what is it with that game?! A friend emailed me today and said: "I'm not sure I get all this blogging stuff, why do you do it anyway?" Some people never will 'get it', I'm not bothered....well, not much anyway ;)

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    1. The irony of their addictions to Candy Crush was not lost on me either Suzanne. I don't understand why more people aren't into blogging...at least reading them. I love reading a little bit about people's lives - it's like legitimately reading other people's diaries!

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  8. I'm a geek and proud and I LOVE that you over hear these two going on about that blooming candy crunch.. its not called that is it? anyway, love it.

    from,
    a robot
    after all, bloggers are not real are they

    Brilliant

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    1. Thanks for commenting Jess...so glad to see us robotic geeks uniting!

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  9. God I hate judgmental people and it's the fear of being judged harshly that has stopped me sharing my blogging with all but a handful of my nearest and dearest. Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to share. Popping over form #PoCoLo

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you share your blog with more people - have just had a look and your #silentsunday image is gorgeous!!!

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  10. OMG! i would of wanted to say something! And i my blog was made up i am sure i would have picked a more slim and gorgeous image than my own! lol

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    1. If I didn't have the kids with me, and their kids with them I might have said something, but I was shocked!

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  11. Unfortunately, people don't know what they don't know... and are afraid, to an extent, of what they don't understand! I don't think Candy Crush (and other) games are geeky, although possibly not what a mother 'should' be doing all day. It's this parenting such as this that prevents me contributing offspring!

    Well written, Vicky, that blogs are like legitimately reading a diary! :0) I bet those ladies you overheard would frigging love blogging as much as gossiping on Facebook if they actually understood it! It's a bit like a legitimate, personal, realistic and, quite simply, good version of Big Brother or Eastenders! ;0)

    Keep on Blogging - I don't read often as I barely have time to write my own :-D

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    1. No, I don't think such games are geeky either..blogging maybe, but that level of gaming no...sad perhaps?!

      And yes, if they knew more about blogging I'm sure they would love it!

      Am about to head over and check out your sponge brain!

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  12. Got to be honest, I do spend a fair bit of my evenings playing Candy Crush after the kids have gone to bed (so mindless - lovely!) . . . also I'm a not-so-closet Trekky, which has got to be waaaaay more geeky than Dr Who or in fact pretty much anything else in the whole world! So, I reckon I've got the entire geek spectrum pretty much covered there :)

    As far as blogging goes, well I'm quite a recent convert. I didn't start blogging until I started fostering, and then mainly as a way to keep my family abroad up to date. For me, if I'm to read or write a blog, then there has to be a point. I'm not so interested in reading what are basically people's diaries online - if I want to know what everyone had for tea, then there's Facebook and Twitter! Loving the blogs I've found through #WASO though - such a lot of wisdom to tap into :)

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    1. Someone on twitter pointed out my hobby of geocaching...I think that plus Dr Who, Torchwood etc all might come close to Trekkiness?!

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  13. Also, the word 'crappage' is awesome - will be looking for ways to weave that into my conversation in the coming weeks :)

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    1. Lol - can't believe they used the word crappage...do let me know if you manage to successfully use it!

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  14. Hee!Now there's two people who don't know what they are missing!!I love blogging and I love reading blogs and Iam beginning to make some really nice friends through it.
    It's a bit like Twitter,you either get it or you don't...I do,perhaps Iam a geek :-) popping by from #pocolo

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    1. Yes Jess, you must be a geek ;-) But I agree, they don't know what they're missing...

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  15. What an interesting post. Never really thought of myself as any geekier since I started to blog. People love to read magazines or papers or books... why is blogging any different? I didn't actually read any blogs until I started writing one, but I was missing out. Real people are inherently fascinating. If that's geeky, then bring it on!
    Popped over from PoCoLo x

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    1. I'm the same, I read them very occasionally before, but didn't really get the bug til I started writing myself.
      Thanks for stopping by x

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  16. Haha. That's hilarious. I would have been tempted to say something to them but don't know if I could have! I don't share my blog a lot...except on twitter and WASO and not a lot of my friends or family are on there. I think some of them read once in a while but not sure if they really get it or understand why I do it! (my husband just spend 3 days at a comic expo. read geek:)

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  17. If there were no kids around I might have 'educated' them a little. Maybe.

    So Gord is a comic geek? lol. x

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