Blogging, socialization and social media

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a chance to talk about this topic with Kerry Anne, Arieanna and Lorraine. I’ve also talked about this at length with many other friends from the blogosphere, but more recently with the previously mentioned friends of mine.

You would think that, being in social media, bloggers would be VERY social. Some of us are (at least, I admit that I am!) but some are not all that much. I am an extrovert by nature, I get a lot of energy from hanging out with people. But not all bloggers/PR/tech people are like me.

For me, hanging out with people from the blogosphere is now kind of second nature. There are a few people online that I haven’t met in person yet, although Twitter and our respective blogs, and email do keep us in touch and thus I feel as though I’ve grown to know them (to cite a few examples — Mel, Barbara, Tania, Paul Hillsdon or Dan).

However, it is indeed rare that I don’t *know* some of the people whom I’ve befriended through my blog (in person, that is). I was going through my blogroll very briefly and noticed that, really, only very few of those people I haven’t met in real life (IRL).

I like to think that social media has given me an outlet to socialize, and while sometimes I do enjoy taking off my “blogger” hat and just hang out, have a beer, or go for a walk, have a coffee, or simply just enjoy birthday parties with my blogosphere friends, I have to recognize that it was through my blog that I met them, and for that, I’m very appreciative and grateful.

Related posts:

  1. Raul’s 2010 in review: Social Media and Blogging (January to June)
  2. My recent Social Media Club Victoria talk: “Towards an Action-Focused Agenda for Social Change Using Social Media” (#smcvictoria) @smcvictoria
  3. I’m quitting blogging, Twittering, and anything social media related.
  4. Northern Voice 2009 – Social Media Mores for the Blogging Couple
  5. On the relationship between mainsteam media, social media and academia 1: Mainstream media and social media’s complex relationship

Comments (2)

crunchycarpetsOctober 12th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Sigh….if I had babysitters and cash…I would be going for beers and coffee with all these nice local bloggers…instead I live vicariously through your tweets and posts!

TaniaOctober 14th, 2008 at 10:12 am

Aw, I feel like I’ve got to know you, too! One of these days our paths will cross in-person :)

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