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Hi HLB’ers! My name is Chelsey and I blog over at Clean Eating Chelsey.
I have been blogging for almost two years – I started my blog in June 2010. Over the past few years, I’ve watched my blog evolve into something much more than I could have ever imagined. It’s my creative outlet, a place where I share my thoughts and recipes I think others might enjoy.
One thing I didn’t realize before I blogged was just how important interacting with your audience is. On a day to day basis, I enjoy responding to comments and answering emails to curious readers looking for my thoughts on particular subjects. It is fairly time consuming, but I wouldn’t have it any other way – it’s part of the job!
I still remember one of the first people who commented on my blog almost two years ago – and believe it or not, we still talk to this day. She has become one of my favorite bloggers, as I’ve watched her grow as a person, go through hardships, and celebrate with her successes. Not only do I do have a friendship with this particular woman, but I have many friendships all throughout the country.
This is not something I expected when I first started to blog. However, the HLB community is so strong – I have seen bloggers stick up for one another when times get tough and foster real friendships that no amount of miles can squash. With all of that being said, my favorite part of blogging has to be meeting others and developing friendships. Becoming friends online might seem weird to others, but I say we’re living in a technological age! With Skype, video chat, texting, and emailing (should I continue?) there is no reason why two people who “meet” each other on the internet shouldn’t have an opportunity to have a “real life” friendship.
Last summer I had the opportunity to visit a blogger in NYC. I had become friends with her over the course of a year, and I was so excited for the opportunity to actually meet, hang out, and explore the city of Manhattan with her.
While my family thought I was insane, I couldn’t wait. Of course I took all precautions necessary to be safe, and my mom was happy she didn’t turn out to be a crazy 45 year old man posing as a 22 year old woman. I also just recently got to meet one of my best “blogger” friends (it’s in parentheses, because really our friendship goes beyond the blog!) and we never skipped a beat. We talked for two hours nonstop – it was never once awkward or strange to be hanging out with someone I had met on the internet.
I am so glad I took the leap to be a part of this blogging community almost two years ago – the friends I have made will be life long friends, of this I am sure!
I really hope to see some of you over at Clean Eating Chelsey soon – make sure you leave a comment. It could lead to a long lasting friendship!