It’s been an extremely rough work week (or month) for me these past few days (in fact, as you’re reading this, I may be pulling my hair out at my desk again). Rather than contribute more negative energy into the universe by complaining about it more, I thought I’d flip the switch and throw out some positive vibes to help me get out of the dumps and spread a little blogger love!
My blogging besties are amazing. I feel like through this incredible community of book bloggers, specifically YA book bloggers for me, I’ve been able to cross the line from just blogging buds to having really and truly best friends. When I started my blog a year ago, I never thought I would grow so close to some of the people that I could text them every day, plan trips, start features/groups/read-alongs, and have some great Twitter chats, to name a few. Remember in high school where you actually liked going to school sometimes because that’s where you see all your friends? That’s kind of how I feel about blogging. Whenever I switch online and check my blog, go comment on others, start chatting on Twitter, I’m like, “Oh, time to catch up with all my friends again!” (And I seriously hope you know what I’m talking about and that I don’t sound crazy.)
The truly amazing part is how many of these friendships extend so far beyond books and blogging. I’ve had so many off-topic Twitter chats, fangirl emails, talking about TV shows, sharing personal stories, and even turning to you guys when I have a serious question I need advice on. Even if I quit writing on my blog tomorrow (don’t worry, I’m not!), I know these friendships would carry over into day-to-day life. I really think it’s because this is a place that I feel safe. I love being able to be myself, especially when it comes to nerding out over books, and I know that all you book bloggers are nerding out right with me!
Now for a bit of a personal confession… I don’t have a lot of close girl friends anymore — Or close IRL friends at all, for that matter. After college, I just lost touch with a lot of people. We just simply chose different paths in life immediately after college and it was hard to maintain those friendships when our lifestyles simply weren’t matching up anymore. I still have my two best friends from elementary school and my two college roommates who I get together with, but we’re not the talk-every-day-type. We get together about once a month if that and of course we pick up right where we left off, but that’s not the same. I never felt like I could text them about something that happened or call them to share some good news. We share everything in person and somehow just never really communicated much otherwise.
I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve made some amazing friends through the book blogging community and they are my best girl friends. We text, tweet, email, gchat — you name it — and we talk every day, pretty much all the time. It’s just so different from the friends that I have who actually live close to me who I hardly talk to at all. I’m just so thankful that I stumbled upon this amazing community and these amazing people who have redefined how I think of my “best friends” and my friendships in general. So high five for that!
So a big thank you to the book blogging community and all my blogging besties! You guys are really one of the highlights of my day, you’re always in my corner when things get tough, and you’ve become my true best friends!