I’ve been a blogger for a long time. Since 2oo4. How long is that? Lemme see.. Almost 7 years.
It’s probably fair to say that this blog lives in a very quiet corner of the internet. I have my faithful band of loyal readers (you know who you are) who have been following along, many of you, for all of those 7 years. I have a few family members who pop up in the ‘visits’ from time to time to check in and see what I’m up to but given the constraints of the last couple of years of full time work/study and, heck, full time life, this blog, hasn’t get a great deal of attention, (and by that I mean from ME!)
So, I am actually kind of surprised to find myself where I am right now, in another quiet corner, this time in a Sydney Hotel filling in time between the last session of the Aussie Bloggers Conference and the dinner dance. I am of course, completely free to claim the title Aussie blogger, though the scant attention paid might make a liar of me, but I haven’t to date, really connected a whole lot with the “Aussie Bloggers” community and after the great collection of people and stories I’ve heard today I’m horrified that I’ve left it so long!
I tweeted the above during the course of the afternoon as I was listening to the amazing stories these women (and men) told, of pain, of loss, of betrayal, of kids, of husbands, and even of anxiety, I was struck that the awesome thread that followed through all of those is of love and support, of friendship and of camaraderie that they’ve discovered in the blogosphere.
I think it’s true, people were made for connection and while the way we connect has changed through the years, the fact remains that even though we may have ‘met’ or discovered each other online, on twitter, via our blogs there really is nothing that compares to having real life faces and hands and hugs to put skin on the names that have come across my twitter or RSS feeds from time to time.
So if you’re visiting from the #ausblogcon drop a comment in the box to say Hi. And if you’re an Aussie Blogger who wonders if you’re missing out by not being here… make sure you get a place for the 2012 conference. This thing is only going to get bigger!!