It’s all in the blogging family

Family picnic shelter

OK, so this isn’t the family picnic shelter we use, but the view is pretty close! And wouldn’t it be fun to have a blog family picnic here? Image courtesy of earl53, Morguefile.

In my family, we’re a sassy bunch. My dad’s side of the family has an annual fall picnic where members of the entire clan get together at a picnic place in the Shenandoah Valley, eat lots of scrumptious food (including green beans — my sib and I have a running joke about this, that somebody always brings green beans) and catch up on each other’s news. There is also the occasional mystery to be solved when I see a third cousin I don’t recognize (“Okay, now whose kid is that?”) since somebody’s appearance may have changed during the last get-together. We also have the occasional dog running around; one of my cousins recently acquired a hyper but very cute puppy.

Often, there’s a hilarious volleyball game going on, too. The ball whizzes back and forth over the net, occasionally dropping straight to the ground when everybody thinks someone else is going to hit the ball back to the other side and no one moves. (I call this IVP — Instant Volleyball Paralysis.)

But there’s also a lot of sassing that goes on during the game:



“Oh, come ON! That was IN!”

“You need to eat more carrots or get a better eye doctor! That was way OUT, cuz!”

I admire a good sassy person, especially in a blogger. One of the two reasons that I read the blog Pouring My Art Out is because Art is both sassy and funny. But Art’s commenters such as El Guapo, Hotspur and Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge are also funny; there’s an entertaining one-upmanship contest constantly going on with the commenters and Art trying to outwit each other. (The other reason I read Art: the man is a genius with Photoshop.)

The “blog family” vibe varies from one blog to another, I’ve noticed. At the blogs of Servetus and RAFrenzy, devoted to talented British actor Richard Armitage, there’s a lot of RA analysis going on, interspersed with the occasional real-life story of the blogger.  With other blogs, we’re lost in admiration of gorgeous photos, cute kids or luscious food.

But I think the funniest blog experience I’ve had to date is with bloggers Robin Coyle and LouAnn, who planned and held a “blog party” and invited others to comment. It got all sorts of wacky comments and even a song video by blogger Vanessa Chapman.

I’m fascinated by the comments that I get from my own blog family because people from all over the world take the time to say something. I learn something new from them just about every week, and people share their knowledge, personal tastes or life experiences with me. And how amazing is that?



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22 responses to “It’s all in the blogging family

  1. I completely agree — blogging is an amazing platform for exploration. You can see the world, see the humor, see new points of view — it’s all right here… to see. I do eat a lot of carrots, though. 😉 Fun to read about your family’s teasing!

  2. It is a wild and wacky group. Sassy is the perfect word.
    Here – here’s your glass. A toast to all the good times past and cheers for all those to come!
    (and that Art and his photo shop…someone stop him – he took 3 glasses…and no, they aren’t for Hotspur or Guapo – he’s headed the wrong direction. We see you, Art. Oh, fine – hand them to Robyn and LouAnn….the full ones – hand over the full ones…honestly, he’ll photo shop anything)
    See. It is family. (Who belched? No it wasn’t the dog…)

  3. Great that you have a family that still gets together. Mine has totally fragmented by geography and time drift.

    The last time I jumped for a volley ball, I came down and sprained my ankle. Missing the ball in between. I think sports and I are not good together. Perhaps I should stop dreaming of the majors.

  4. To quote my dad, “lord save us!” 🙂

  5. It is fun to have a blog family. I love all the unique voices that comment. Over time, those voices grow to become friends that you miss when they go on blogcation, etc.

  6. The blog family and community is amazing — a testament to the positive aspects of technology as a community-building tool.

  7. Thanks for remembering my song video, what fun that all was! That’s the second blog post I’ve read this morning where I’ve been mentioned. I’m feelin’ the blogging love today! 🙂

    When I lived in the states for a few years, I was always amused by green bean casserole that was always brought by someone to any pot-luck, or any type of food gathering where different people brought dishes, topped with the famous French’s fried onions. I had never come across green bean casserole, or indeed French’s fried onions in the UK, so it was a new phenomenon for me! So your green bean comment made me smile.

  8. I enjoy the diverse comments I get and knowing I write something that draws people and causes them to want to comment.

    • And it’s so much fun, seeing what your readers think! I enjoy seeing what others think and how they share little tidbits of their knowledge or life experience with me. I feel privileged that someone takes the time to share that.

  9. I appreciate that there is a nice someone that cares what I wrote.
    Often I reread what I wrote and am in awe that you understood me.
    Thanks for letting me play in here.

  10. What a fun group you have! And I imagine the menu can’t be beat. Our family will gather for special occasions, and don’t get me wrong, I love them dearly, but volleyball’s a struggle with a glass of wine glued to your hand.

    One year one of my young cousins and I tried to liven things up, asking everyone deck themselves out for the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. Nope – she and I were the only ones. 🙂

    Happy Green Beans!

    ~ Cara

  11. Servetus

    Thanks for the link love and I apologize for the long delay in acknowledgement (you know what’s been happening in the “real life” piece of my blog). I really do think the Armitage bloggers are somehow a family. Not one with no disagreements, and so on, but we make an effort to associate with each other and cooperate even as or when we squabble. As with my family, there’s not one of them I’d wish away.

    • Interesting how all of these online friendships have developed, isn’t it? I wonder if WordPress anticipated that this would happen?

      • Servetus

        I assume that prediction was part of its business model. The whole social media profitability scheme is based on the idea that you are more likely to be interested in (and thus “buy”) something that your friends are interested in / consume. supplies free blogging software and hosting to the masses on the assumption that they will make new connections that will take them new places as consumers (or get them to buy the pro version of the software for the same purposes — and if that doesn’t work, to make connections that are important enough that as a blogger, one does not want to bombard one’s “family” with ads, so will at least buy the “no ads” upgrade). Hope that doesn’t sound too cynical 🙂

      • Not at all. Yes, studies have shown that you’re more likely to use/buy things if they’re recommended by your peers.


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