Friday, January 4, 2013

Today is a soapbox day.

Well, hey friends. Today, today is a soapbox day for this girl. I know I don't do this often but today I just need to get some things off of my chest.
As some of you may know I frequent the twitter machine like it's my actual job. No really, it's like someone is paying me a large fortune to browse the hell out of my Twitter feed. I admittedly spend far too much time on there and one day I will, most likely, need an intervention.

The thing about Twitter is that it's a really easy outlet for vague remarks and such. Only problem is that usually said vague remarks are made after someone else mentions something and so really, it's not all that vague. At that point it's just an indirect response which is actually pretty unnecessary.

With that said, I just wanted to touch on blogging a little bit here today.
Obviously not the actual act of blogging but maybe just a little insight to how much actually goes in to being a blogger. I know I try to make this thing out to seem like it's just a joke and I usually don't get too serious around these parts but I have a little secret to tell you all. I try. I try really hard. I put a lot of energy in to this thing and work every day to keep up with it. I know, it's hard to believe but I'm being serious for once, says the girl with the drunken vlog. Really though, serious face. 

Not to say I am the only one, because that is farrrrr from the truth, but this hobby really is time consuming and it takes a lot of passion to keep up with it. I may not be one to schedule posts but I am constantly thinking about this blog and topics to post about. As lame as it sounds, there are mornings that I actually stress about what to post here. I do it because I've quickly grown passionate for blogging and I feel really fortunate that I have come this far. I can only hope that I can continue to grow not only as a blogger but as a person too!

With that said, it's killing me to see these vague remarks about how it's all just a popularity contest, etc., etc. Personally, this is slightly offensive, in my opinion, because I feel I work my ass off on this thing. This thing isn't about being popular or in a group - I'm a lifestyle blogger, this is about my ridiculous stories and fits of binge drinking (kidding... a little). Really though, I had absolutely no idea I was going to grow to be so passionate for this thing when I started it up randomly but I did and now I kind of love being a blogger. So yes, it is offensive to me personally when I hear that some people just think this is a contest to be cool. I can promise you I feel far from cool from this, which can be proven by the lack of people in my "real life" who know nothing about this blog. 

With that said, am I seriously grateful for the friendships I've made along the way? Absofreakinglutely. I think just about all of us have connected with other bloggers along the way, it's just one of the great things that comes along with blogging. Do I think it's holy-shit-bad-ass that so many of you read my posts, comment and interact with me 5+ days a week? Hell yes I do, who wouldn't? It's amazing and I'm forever grateful for the crazy, awesome whirlwind this blog has been for me.

What I guess I'm trying to get at today is that this blog has become a part of me, as I believe many other bloggers can agree theirs have too. It's a hobby I love to be passionate about and something I really enjoy putting my energy in to. 

< end serious face > Woof. I feel like I'm naked in public.

82 comments:

  1. I am supercalafragalisticexpialiglad that I write my blog how I want to, about what I want to, when I want to; read and comment where I want to on other blogs; and have no idea whatsoever about blogger politics.

    Bitches could ruin a spa day. Pay no mind to those who pay no mind to you and your feelings.

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  2. I have 150 followers (probably since I don't do ads or linkups or whatever) and still pour my heart and soul into my blog. Haters gon' hate and they're the ones who have nothing of substance to say anyways so confine themselves to 140 characters of MEAN instead of actual blogs full of LOLz. Fuck em all.

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  3. DITT to the O! Also, there are no blogging rules and people need to be reminded of that on the regular! LOVE YOUZ (even when you all serious and shizz)

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  4. Well said my wise one. I don't know why some people throw hateful words around at others sometimes. and yes it is hard to read between the tweet lines. or sometimes people just don't get it. I think it shows that you try and therefore are an excellent blogger/friend. keep on keeping on.

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  5. I think you are awesome- first of all. I have a much smaller blog to maintain and STILL feel like it can be a lot of work, so I give my props to anyone like yourself who runs a B.A. blog!! :) I hate seeing the popularity comments too, they make no sense to me. If everyone just writes how they want to write, and follows who they want to follow... it's no contest! It's Life!

    TGIF :)

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  6. I cannot tell you how much I agree with this post. So much so that I'm posting it to Twitter and declaring my love for you to world. Kidding...but really, this post says everything about how blogging should be. You blog for YOU, to be creative and fun, and I am like you where MANY people in my real life don't even know about the blog, and I'm OK with that. It's like having an alter ego or a secret identity [I'm really Batman...shhh! ;)] But I seriously love blogging and will keep doing it until I can't anymore. No need for haters. I was never in the popular group and I don't care about doing that now either--Mean Girls can stay out of blogland ;)

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  7. blogging is hard, especially when you have real jobs and a life. But it's also fun, and you get to meet fun people. And it makes it all worth while. It isn't a popularity contest - it's supposed to be fun. Like a second job kinda fun. That can sometimes be stressful. Not like high school at all, or at least not my high school experience. : )

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  8. Okay, this was a really awesome post. I feel the same way. I've been running my blog for over 2 years and it truly has become a part of me. It is an amazing thing knowing that people actually care enough about what I have to say to read my post. Your posts are hilarious and make me actually laugh aloud.
    Thanks for blogging!
    xxx

    www.glamorousgirl2014.blogspot.com

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  9. Ridiculous. Some people just have nothing better to do than be negative. You wonder how happy they really are that they feel the need to judge.

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  10. I am glad to know that I am not the only who works myself into a tissy over what I am going to write about!! My blogging started as a creative outlet and has somewhat become a part of me, I don't know what I would do without it!! Don't worry about the vague/hateful comments - they are just jealous that they can't make drunken vlogs as good as you!

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  11. Girl, you rock my face off. Thank you so much for this post; I think everyone needs to hear it! Blogging has quickly become a passion of mine, too, even with my much smaller blog of 200+ AWESOMESAUCE followers, and I pour everything I have into making sure it's a place people can come and laugh and have fun. Ain't nobody got time for popularity contests and backhanded Twitter shenanigans!

    I mean, if I cared about a popularity contest, I'd use Rafflecopter, for god's sake ;)

    Love you bunches, you yoga-pantsed-crazy. Youz my soulsymate.

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  12. Tru dat says the girl with 20 followers, holla!

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  13. And this is why I stay away from Twitter.

    Ain't no one have time for that ;)

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  14. Welp, the only vague Twitter remark I've made lately is "Oh hot damn" and you, Miss Yoga Pants, were the first to chime in with the rest of the song!

    Seriously though, those petty comments are pretty ridiculous and can make you/me/everyone else feel like we're back in high school. I, for one, have no intention of dealing with that type of drama again so the second I sense it on a blog or Twitter, I unfollow. I love the blogs that I follow and feel invested in them... cheesy as that sounds, but it's true. If there's drama to be had, I just remove myself from it. Keep on keepin' on with your bad self... I heart you and your little slice of the internet! <3

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  15. lady - i love reading your shit. because it's like my shit.
    and what do they say about friends? or family? "my bullshit is your bullshit."

    i think it's INSANELY refreshing to read a blog that makes me actually fucking lol. it gets tiresome reading about people who love each other so much it makes you want to puke, or shit filled diapers, or people who simply don't enjoy drinking. because let's be honest - THOSE are the people we can't trust.

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  16. Naked girl, naked girl.

    Seriously, this is why we're biffles. The people that complain that it's like high school are the ones MAKING it like high school. THEY are the ones in need of some growing up. Not everything is a popularity contest.

    You can't sit with us!!!

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  17. You go girl! I'm sure those people who post those petty comments are just jealous and wish they could put even half the work you do into their hobbies! You're absolutely one of my favorite bloggers and I thoroughly enjoy your posts each day, even the soapbox ones :) Keep on keepin' on, girlfran!

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  18. Girl. Love.

    Its like that song....'high school never ends'

    I'm just....annoyed by how grown women conduct themselves sometimes.

    And if this shiz is a popularity contest then WHO CARES....go do something else with your time other than complain. I mean really. I have what...130 followers but I still tweet/email bloggers with a MUCH larger following. I don't think those girls care that I'm not as big, they care about interaction with their readers. (And here I'm talking about you, Sami, Erin, Raven, ect.)

    So....the haters can go sit on a tack.

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  19. Posts like this one are why people love you so much! And to those dumb twitter-era I say - are we still in high school?! Nope, didn't think so. And I can relate 100% to your comment about not feeling cool doing this - the other day my sister in law mentioned that she somehow found my blog and I about died of embarrassment.

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  20. I completely agree. When I started blogging a few years ago, I had no idea how much I would love it! It's definitely my baby, and I can't imagine having other hobbies! I can tell you put a lot of effort into your writing, which is what makes it so fun to read! Keep it up!

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  21. Seriously all I want to do is Cheers you right now. This is just perfect and so well-said. A to the men, Cheers, Bravo and all that Jazz. You, Whitty Boo Boo, are a wise woman!

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  22. You said Girl! And you said it well.
    I like you "naked"! womp.womp.

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  23. Agree, agree, agree. Thank you for remarking "I feel far from cool" because people in my real life know nothing about my blog. How true! (If only they all knew that were potential blog post topics.. :)

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  24. There are some Blogs out there with as many followers as you that never take the time to email back, comment on other blogs outside of their little "circle", but you are not one of them. I personally think you rock and I can tell how much you love Blogging and the effort you put into it.

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  25. I completely 100% agree with this. Well said! :-)

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  26. AMEN. This is why you are amazing!

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  27. preach it sista! It absolutely takes a lot of work to keep up with your blog. Haters gon' hate!

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  28. Stop trying to write popular posts about hating popularity just to make yourself more popular.... It's so obvi.

    Meet me in homeroom?

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  29. Word.

    I feel like I need to add something else. I uh... don't have anything else though, really. Just... word.

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  30. I completely 100% agree with you. I've seen the tweets and blog posts about blogging being a popularity contest and I have felt the same way. It's kind of like when people hate how "perfect" others lives seem and unfollow them - people just can't be happy for others sometimes. It's stupid.

    Anyway, I love your blog. Keep doing what you're doing girl!

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  31. Agree. 100%. I've actually backed off from Twitter a tad, just because of all the whiny, complain-y tweets you see, exactly like the ones you're talking about. It got annoying.
    Keep doing what you're doing...screw everyone else.
    Xoxo!

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  32. Girl! Keep doing what ya do! You rock it!
    I really do completely agree with the sentiment of this post!

    xo

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  33. I LOVE reading your blog posts on a daily basis!! These people don't know what they are talking about. And, I feel the same about my blog, passionate for what I do even though it takes an insane amount of time to be a blogger.

    Beth @ Clothes & Cocktails

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  34. Haters gonna hate- keep doin you! Love the blog!

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  35. Gah! Hope this wasn't about one of MY comments! LOL I love blogging... and I have the same feelings you do... especially about stressing some times on what to post. I keep getting emails from girls that say OMG I wait for your posts everyday, your the funniest blogger, your my fav blog. Love to hear it but it stresses.me.out. The only thing I hate is that sometimes it seems like gurlfranns are in clicks and I have reached out to them... and nothing. nada. no reply back. It makes me feel like an absolute asshole. I am not in highschool. I want to build my blog and I love every.single.one. of my own followers and the ones I follow! Like seriously I could squeeze your face off... That's all and I will step off my soap box now before I continue to sound like a total crazed looney!

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  36. I love blogging, and I love getting comments. That said, I don't do it enough...tho I'm trying to do better. I don't do it to be cool (though it's a nice benefit *snort*...yeah right, not enough visitors to be cool!)...and I'm like you, few people "offline" know that I blog. It's almost like I'm embarrassed or something. Stupid. Anyway, I'm going to make it a point to start tweeting really vague comments at you. You're welcome :P

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  37. Amen, sister friend. Preach on. I agree with you ALL THE WAY. You rock, FYI. Tell all those mean girls with non-vague comments to suck it. And then let's drink a bunch of wine, shall we?

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  38. I can't even put into words how much I agree with you on this. Maybe it seems a little elementary but I like to blog with the mind frame of "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all"... Our blogs are our own place to speak freely and be ourselves, others criticism {& negative comments} isn't what this is about. I personally love you and your blog, your sense of humor and mentality on life are just contagious & just makes me happy to read every day. As far as my blog goes, I do what I do, write about what I want, when I want... It's good enough for me & I am humbled every single time I see another person subscribed. It's really not a popularity contest, sure certain bloggers are just drawn to one another and have their own relationships... Isn't that just regular, everyday life? We create relationships differently with other people and have closer bonds with some over others. It just is.

    Anyway, keep doing what you're doing ;)

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  39. Agree Agree Agree!!! I don't get to blog as much as I would like but it is my outlet from reality!!! I can not put into words what mine means to me!! I love reading yours so keep up the good posting!!

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  40. Keep on doing what you're doing. We all love reading your posts. Jealousy is a sickness. I hope they get well soon.

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  41. I totally agree...I understand the popularity thing because if I follow you and you follow me (obviously...but I don't mean you and me specific, but general you and I's) and we constantly talk each other's blog up, it seems clique-y. But at the same time I follow you because I like how you write, what you have to say, relate to what you have to say and generally agree with what's on your blog then that's why I follow and read and interact...which means that if I like, then my readers like what I like and will follow/read/interact with what I like...right? Did that make sense? I think it's a personality thing that makes it seems "clique-y" and a "cool contest". I;m just starting out and really do not have a lot of time to devote to this, but I do love doing it and it's my hobby/"thing" haha.....and it IS a cool thing to interact with others.

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  42. No need to feel vulnerable. I think a lot of us can relate, actually. Even us small timers (I say this without any sarcasm), while we may be totally satisfied with our small following (I am), would be totally stoked if more joined the party. I know "popular" bloggers achieve that status through hard work and dedication to their content. At the same time that I find pleasure in blogging, I do keep it a secret from most people I know in real life, because 1) I feel vulnerable having them read what I spew, and 2) blogging is still widely considered uncool.

    Good post today. It made me think!

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  43. AMEN. I love blogging because its my hobby. I happen to love to write. Some days, I might blog something deep and meaningful. Other days, I might post 15 outfits that I love and are most likely significantly out of my price range until I marry a rich guy. And that's okay. Because I blog for myself first and foremost. The community that comes along with it? That's amazing. But at the end of the day, it's my outlet and it makes me happy. :)

    Happy Weekend!

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  44. I absolutely love blogging myself. I totally respect you as a blogger, because you are so true to your voice and I think you do a great job of connecting with people and forging real relationships. I know that takes a lot of time and energy, and it is obvious that you have passion. It's a joy to see, and I think that's why you're consistently successful at what you do. I'm glad to hear that you love it- that's evident in the passion that you put into it. I'm kind of a small-timer and still trying to find my place and voice in the blogging world, but I hope if my blog grow, I will always be true to myself and remain passionate for blogging as you have.

    I don't always comment here, but I do always read your posts. Keep doing what you're doing and let the haters hate. Ain't nobody got time for that!

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  45. I think only the people that aren't serious about their blogs think its a popularity contest. Do I get excited when my follower count and page views go up? Hell yes I do b/c it means people like to read about my life but that doesn't mean I do this just to be popular and I think the majority of us are the same way.

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  46. Just randomly stalking:)

    I honestly see your point of view, I do. I believe you. Just reading this I find that it's a genuine thing for you, this blog. But for some people it is, you know those comments... "follow me back.." "love your shirt.." (when it's a post about a funeral..) "giveaways.." some blogs are not genuine, it's simply giveaways & free shit. You know? And yet, there are people that worship the ground they walk on, all because of their OOTD.. therefor I find the popularity contest.

    And as much as I would like to think that I am innocent in this, that there is no high school in my blog.. there is. I have nowhere near the amount of followers that you do, but I have around 300 followers and I cannot, simply cannot follow or read their blogs, granted some click just to follow.. and never come back. you pick your favorites, you have your click. you know?

    holy hell, this was a rant. sorry girl:)

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  47. I have read a few blogs that made blogging seem like a popularity contest. I simply don't read them because I'm not going to follow anyone's "blogging rules" just so I can "fit in". I like that you always keep things real. I think some people just get jealous over blogs that have a lot of great content and followers and they just throw around the whole popularity contest thing. You clearly put a lot of work into your blog but, your posts never seem "fake" or forced so I don't blame you for being offended by "popular" comments.

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  48. I'm a new blogger and I already have a passion for it. I admire your truthfulness, because I do agree with you that many people assume it's for a popularity contest, which for the most part is not true at all, which I see now that I have become part of the blogging community. Much love to you, and don't become discouraged! :)

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  49. So I am a newer follower of yours, the drunk vlog actually won me over, but anyway just from the little I have read so far I think it is easy to tell your blog is one of the blogs that is "real" and I don't see your blog in any way to be apart of a popularity contest. What I have read just seems to be daily shit you wanna talk about not the same damn outfit everyone else is posting. Just keep doing your thing, it's working for you! :)

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  50. I don't "twat" yet. I'm too scared I'll become addicted and one more addiction may put me over the edge. But you're right - this blogging shit is fun but dayum - it can be hard as hell and it's a commitment. Very few people in my life know about my blog...mostly because I'm anon.

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  51. I'm a little confused - was somebody pulling the rude card on twitter? not cool. Love your blog, girl. xoxo

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  52. Amen! It's about writing not popularity. I also have told very few real life amigos about the little blog.

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  53. Four for you, Whit-Coco! :)
    You are just the bombdiggity and you be ownin' your blog. Doin' it right and all that nonsensical crap. Your are fabulous, and I hate you for that.
    Just kidding, love you! We needs to have a bagel bites party soooon, for realz. :)

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  54. I do not blog (not enough interesting stories to keep people entertained couple with pure laziness) but I LOVE reading blogs - especially yours! I look forward to new posts from you and always get atleast a couple of giggles out of each one. Keep doing what you do - we all love you for it :)

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  55. I do not blog (not enough interesting stories to keep people entertained couple with pure laziness) but I LOVE reading blogs - especially yours! I look forward to new posts from you and always get atleast a couple of giggles out of each one. Keep doing what you do - we all love you for it :)

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  56. I couldn't agree with you more. As a "growing blog" i get so scared of this. But i've realized we all just have to remain true to us. You can't please people.

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  57. uh let's start a bloggy clique and we can just tweet each other how cool we are, k?


    ps obsessed with your new design business up in here.

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  58. Love your face woman and this post! :)

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  59. This is a wonderful post. I can truly say that I find your blog hilarious and deep and honest! I love when I see a post from your blog pop up on my news feed. Don't let snide comments get you down!
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  60. It's rather sad that we live in a culture filled with people who hide behind the anonymity of the internet and spew rudeness (at the least). I'm guessing most of these people who degrade you and your lovely blog would never do so to your face. Sour grapes, my friend. You run a successful blog...and that likely doesn't sit well with some who wish they shared the same level of success. Every time you write about things like your dogs imitating an ASPCA commercial, I laugh out loud. Often when I need a laugh the most. You're doing something good here. Don't forget it.

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  61. Annnnd this is when I see that I do not need to comment, since you have 66 comments already. You know what girl, the people that follow you follow you because your real. If you want to Vlog, then Vlog all the time, seriously though, it was more entertaining than reading a weekend update (no hard feelings). Your the blog-diggity. And in the words of you and She's a Big Star "Oh hot damn, this is my jam" (now that's the stuff that I look at on twitter).

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  62. People LIVE to talk about things they have NO idea about. Do what makes you happy! =)

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  63. WOR-DUH!

    Being successful at blogging does take hard work. People always ask me how I built my readership, what my "secrets" were and I always say there are none. You have to be a good writer and write interesting things to make people want to come back and write more or it simply won't happen.

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  64. Amen sister. Any successful blog has a crapton of work behind it. LOVE your voice and lighthearted approach to blogging. No judgement here. Do what you do.

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  65. You could not have said this better. And fyi, there are sooo many people in my real life that know nothing of my blog either. Glad to know I'm not the only one. I was just thinking earlier today how much effing work blogging is and I don't even do a great job at it like you. You can certainly tell when someone cares about blogging by what their posts look like. Just my simple opinion.

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  66. I had sooo much to say as I took a break tonight and read this. Haters gon hate. Glad your not a trash bag. Or fake. And im glad no one ever brings up your name when the subject of assholes, fake people or trash bags are mentioned. Trust believe! I hear the gossip alllllllll the time. And everyone i know loves you! Id tell you otherwise! Big props for keepin it real skister. You already know that me love you long time too! Drunk vlog or Miss Popular. I'm down for whatever. Ps the comment "bitches could ruin a spa day" was my all time fave comment ever!!!!!

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  67. High five girlfriend! I agree with every little thing you've said. When I write my blog posts, I usually spend an hour (or longer) trying to make it good. Even when the post is short... I want it to be entertaining, I want it to be "ME", and I want to make sure there aren't any typos (b/c I am OCD). I put so much into my blog...and I know others do too... but lately I feel like a lot of bloggers are just joining link-ups and posting link-ups and trying to get followers. Like they don't care what they are writing about - they just want to have a lot of "friends." And twitter - oh man don't get me started.

    Thanks for posting this. Thanks for becoming my new "blogfriend." And thanks...for being awesome. BIG HEARTS FOR YOU!

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  68. Ok really every post I love you more. I am sorry to hear people are being haters, but part of what drew me to start my own blog a few mos ago was the oppportunity to really be myself and have an outlet... Blogging should never be a popularity contest, and it makes me sad that some people still feel the need to be 'popular'. I love making friends and meeting new people but never conform to what I think people want to see. Eff that noise ;)

    Love you Whit, keep being your amazing self!!!! <3

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  69. hey! i just stumbled across your blog and happened to read this--i agree with you, girl! and totally about twitter. i am def obsessed, but i have to tell you, i have gotten so many opportunities with it. so i think all that poking around there must be worth it, right? look forward to reading more of your stuff! :)

    xx fel

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  70. I came across your blog and Im loving it so much Im your newest follower.
    I totally agree I think blogging has brought so many great people into my life I would have never met other wise. It like a day to day scapbook of our lives.

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  71. I totally agree with what you said about Twitter and I love meeting new people through blogging!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  72. Ok, I know you and I don't have too much in common...I am old. Uou are young. I post my personal style. You post funny shit. I have two kids. You have two dogs. You are growing like wild fire. I have been a slow turtle. BUT, we do have one big thing in common...a love for blogging. But with blogging comes A LOT of BS. It's something I really took notice of in the past few months. People are rude. People are jealous. People suck. But, I have tried to take it all with a grain of salt and remind myself that there are people out there who actually like my blog and what I have to say, so screw the other ones. You have a huge following, so you are obviously doing something right. Every blogger should respect one another because we all put a shit ton of work into what we do. That's all.

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  73. I agree with you one million percent. People are mean. Keep doing what you're doing. If you enjoy it and feel as though you are growing from it, then you're doing something right. :)

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  74. Man you are fantastic! This is a great post

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  75. A TO THE FREAKING MEN, GIRLFRIEND!!!!!!! Blogging is such a passion of mine...and one in which I can't really explain to my "real life friends" because none of them are bloggers...the relationships that I have made with my friends who "live inside my computer" are ones in which I hold so close to my heart....most of them know so much more about me and what's going on in my life than actual friends that I have "in real life".

    With that being said, I genuinely feel sad when I see people write and tweet shitty comments about other bloggers ... I mean for most of us, blogging is just a hobby and a way to share our life stories ... and then bitches have to be all judgmental and "Mean Girl" about it. It's sad.

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  76. Loved this post and your blog! So happy I stumbled upon your page! I'm a new follower! - Nicole from insidethemindofnicole.blogspot.com

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