4.24.2014

A Total Truth Thursday Free Vent on American Blogger: My Thoughts

My first reaction to American Blogger was not a thought. It was tears. And not the pretty tears. I question how anyone could ever criticize the heart of these people and the goal behind this film; they are so genuine and have such a passion for the blogging community. Casey's response to the controversy, in my opinion, conveys the same thing. Her response is grace, PURE GRACE.

That being said, I feel this blog accurately conveyed my experience as an American blogger, and a small American blogger at that. And for that, it spoke to me. Even though most of these women are very different from myself, we are all connected through blogging. THAT is an American Blogger. And for that reason, I will continue to support this film (although yes it can be a little cheesy, but blogging IS cheesy guys...yeah, I said it).


I loved seeing some of my favorite bloggers. Many of the words these and many other women shared with us really stood out to me. Take, for example, "Sometimes you know more about your blogger friends than you do your real life friends." This is SO true. Sometimes I even catch myself telling stories about my blog friends to others, which I usually disguise as "friends" because "blog friends" sometimes sounds a little odd. I have met some of my dearest friends through blogging and social media, and I love that part of this community. I really hope this film will help people that are unfamiliar with the blogging community better understand these wonderfully acquired friendships many of us have with each other.

For me, blogging is many of the things these women pointed out: it is a time stamp of our lives that evolves with us and gives us a space to celebrate both the happy and the not so happy things in our world and the world around us. And guess what, what we have to say does matter. It might not matter to other people, but it matters to us, and that's perfectly alright. If you are writing for others, I would encourage you to explore what writing for yourself means; it is SO powerful.

I write mostly for myself, but also to connect and inspire others. I write to be true to myself, and to those around me in hopes that my experiences might help others going through similar things. Seeing my own intentions and goals for writing reflected in this film was great, and I am so thankful for this little piece of work that sheds some light on this uniquely wonderful community. 

If you haven't seen the film, I suggest you go check it out. I'd love for you to share your thoughts with me!

In case you missed the trailer, here it is:


What did you think about the film?

Total Truth Thursday

12 comments :

  1. everything you just said, yes!
    "Sometimes I even catch myself telling stories about my blog friends to others, which I usually disguise as "friends" because "blog friends" sometimes sounds a little odd." haha! i do the same thing! honestly, though, the friends i have made through blogland have encouraged and inspired me more than i could have ever imagined when i first started blogging. this is such a beautiful community that i am honored to be a part of.

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  2. yes! I completely agree with you. The movie was beautiful and made me so proud to be a part of this community. I'm not going to lie, I thought of you a lot when they were talking about making friends through social media. If only you lived closer... move here!

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  3. Can't wait to watch it! And I know what you mean about feeling like you know blog friends better than real friends- it's so true! So glad you posted this!

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  4. I agree ... I have no idea why and where all the negativity came from, but it broke my heart. I think Casey and Chris have handled it great and I enjoyed the movie!!

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  5. I haven't seen it yet but I want to! Do you have to buy it online or are there other places to see it?

    And I agree. I've already made some great friends on here and my husband thinks I'm crazy when I talk about them like I know them in person. :) I tried to explain but he just doesn't understand. It's been so uplifting! Your friendship is one of them, Cassie! :)

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  6. Yes yes yes. THIS. Blogging really is cheesy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I so agree with what you said about the movie being about your American blogging experience, too. So thankful for this amazing community!

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  7. I just finished watching it and I absolutely adored it! I laughed, I cried and I really felt like it expressed everything I wish that I could about why I love blogging and the blogging community.

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  8. I have found that when I've met blogging friends in real life it's sometimes a bit weird that you miss all the hellos and skip straight to the real life stuff.

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  9. Interesting! I kind of enjoy that aspect of it, but I can see how it might be somewhat strange as I have only met a handful of bloggers in real life!

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  10. My sister thought I was insane to spend an entire day with a blogging friend I'd never met in a new city (she came and picked me up at the airport), but we "knew" each other and had a blast.

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  11. Exactly! It's funny because people are cool doing like couch surfing, etc with no issues but with blogging we already know them so much better!

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