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This post is too big for the internet.

Ever since I started blogging, I’ve consistently run into an idea that goes something like this: “I have real family and real friends, so my blogging community is meaningless to me.”

I can’t get behind that sort of thinking. Community is what you make of it. Family is where you find it. Friends span generation, race, religion, and creed– why not distance? Everybody poops, after all.

I’m not saying we should act like blogging is the end-all-be-all of the world, because it’s not by any stretch of imagination. It is however, for many of us, a home.

I was looking through my media library and realized it reads more like a family album than anything else, so even though this is the sort of post that brings down the internet in size– I want you guys to see yourself the way I see you.

These are our fun and games, our inside jokes, and little celebrations. This is us. This is a community by any definition, and a family by most. This is 400 reasons why I call you family, and stand by that definition.

If you’re new here– welcome. I can’t wait to see your face, passion, or humor reflected below. If you’re a golden oldie– I hope this gallery brings a smile to your face, the way compiling it brought a smile to mine.

And either way… much love to you.

xo,
Rara

112 comments

  1. I suddenly want to read every post on your site to learn the stories about the pictures I hadn’t seen before. Also, I had forgotten about my Mario Kart – playing ginger – drawing! I am glad to see it again 🙂

    This was so many levels of awesome. Much love to you , as always, for posting this and being you. ((hugs))

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    1. Haha, I could save you time and pass you links if there are specific ones you don’t recognize. I also just realized I never posted my haikus for the secrets guessed OR the C4C secret gifts! I can’t believe I forgot. It has been a crazy year, though…

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  2. Haha, wow, this must have taken you forever to put together! Wonderful gallery. I’m pretty new to following you, but I’m not new to blogging, I’ve been doing that for two and a half years. I totally agree, I love the blogging community – I know people say you can’t really know what people are like because they present a certain self on the internet, but I say you can’t always know what people are like that you meet in real either. We have different sorts of relationships with different people through different mediums and each has it’s own reality and it’s own validity. We’re all humans, so our relationships are human whether they are in face-to-face in person or through writing and pictures.

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    1. So well-said, Vanessa-Jane! We’re all humans and our interactions are human, too– offline or online. Thanks for sharing your insights, and I hope the next time I do a crazy-gallery-post, many of the pictures will be of the times we created happy madness together! 🙂

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    1. Haha, I thought it might crash many pages… but I couldn’t whittle it down further. I *needed* to include the ice cream dino picture, for instance. 😉 I love the image of a present too big for it’s wrapping– you are so gifted with those turns of phrases! *hugs*

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      1. The Magpie (my daughter) has been doing some pretty killer Dino-drawings of late. I’d be happy to send some your way. She’s quite gifted. I’ll do some digging and see if I can find any. She’s on a pony/dragon/skeleton kick right now, so the dino’s might be a little buried…

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  3. Amazing post, you are right the blog world is across all lands and cultures, I know I have learned so much since I have been in WP getting to know people from all different countries.

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        1. Thank you! I love reading your comments everywhere. I admire that strength more than I can say… I always seem to struggle with finding the right words in reply to a post, but they obviously come quite naturally to you! 🙂

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          1. It’s called trying to say something useful, stupid or interesting, my mind makes a call and away I go….and I try to sound positive as I think we are all learning as we go…..you do things on your blog I know I can’t do so admire things other bloggers can do far better than me….and there are lots of excellent bloggers to follow…

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    1. Haha, well, it’s a lot of the same people that I rope into everything– who have been kind enough to play along with my antics. Now with my new fangled mailing list, I have a whole new slew of bloggers to bug… 😉

      But hey, one day soon– maybe all of WP will be up there! 😀 A dino can dream, right?

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  4. So lovely to read a post about community, friendship and love. Rara, you are such a special person. You have this ability to bring out the best in everyone and show the best pieces of the world even in an only online community. The world needs more people like you.

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    1. I think the world has a lot of people who love community as much as I do… but perhaps they’re just less loud, haha. 😀 Thank you for your kind words and for your ability to the special in everything!

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  5. That was so much fun! Love your work Rara. I love the free compliments, I think I’m going to print it out and stick it in the lift in our building and see what happens 🙂

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    1. 😀 I bet there’ll be a lot more free smiles being passed around that day, too! Thank you, Georgia for taking a peek at the most ridiculously large photo gallery ever, haha. 😀

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  6. This is so great, in the short time I’ve been following you I can recognize quite a few of the pics. 🙂 I agree about the community, mine goes in a few different directions and some have stopped short and a few have then popped back up after months hiatus. Sometimes when I’m on wp I like to think back at how I found certain blogs and trace them back to others. It’s also fun to see a friend from another circle show up in a blog they don’t normally frequent. Just yesterday I reread your post about cliques in the blogging world. You have really made me feel welcome and are a great voice in the world. Thanks for being who you are and rock on Rara! Oh, and I still can’t get over my blitzen card. It’s just too cool, I love it when see it. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Oh I’m so glad you still love your card– and am glad some of those pictures look familiar! There have been so many games that were non-visual, but I did what I could. 🙂 I love the links between blogs, as well– it’s fascinating how we all connect.

      Speaking of serendipitous connections– when I came to reply to your comment, your card was at the top of the random image shuffle! Not-just-coincidences surround you!

      Also, also, do you follow JohnnyCrabCakes (he commented above)– for some reason, y’all remind me of each other. Your writing voices are very different and personalities, too… but there’s just a vibe I get from both of you that is nearly the same. 🙂 Alright, that’s enough hippie talk for now. 😉

      Thanks again!!

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      1. I haven’t been to JohnnyCrabCakes blog before but I’ll be stopping by soon. Serendipity, Hmm, what to say? I do like the movie, it’s fun but maybe what I like most of all it is that it’s where I discovered Annie Lennox’s cover of Bob Marley’s “Waiting In Vain”. It’s one of my all time favorites now, just thought I’d throw that in there. 🙂

        And you’re welcome, peace & three’s 😉

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        1. I love the movie because I heart John Cusack… and I love cover songs in general, but Annie Lennox’s cover of Waiting in Vain is amongst my favorite! 🙂 Peace&3’s, my friend. 😀

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  7. The effort you have put into this is amazing Rawr. You amaze me with your cleverness and you ability. Loved my drawing – thank you so much!! 🙂 keep on doing what your doing! You are precious and have such a big heart. This tribute to bloggers is appreciated by all of us. Xx

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  8. Roaring good post, Rara 🙂 I’m proud to be part of your blogging family. Blogging is and important part of my life – I have friends in the blogosphere and friends elsewhere. They are all friends. Hugs, friend xoxo

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    1. Thank you, MM! 😀 Somewhere in the album is a photo that someone pretty special took of a dinosaur in France. 😉 I’m one lucky dino to be surrounded by such good peeps. Hugs to you, my friend!

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    1. I knew you’d get this, Kate– after all, you just share your family word with us. Friend to friends, despite the continental divides between us. 🙂 Thank you… and rawr! 🙂

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  9. I do not really “get” a lot of the fun, inside things connect to most of these pictures, but I was totally impressed with your creativity – what a mind! and the time you took to compile this post – wow – looks like you truly have an amazing online family – glad I was able to peek in – and again, amazing post!!!

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    1. 🙂 Thank you! The time wasn’t too bad given the way WordPress makes it easy to set up a gallery, but it was slow because I paused and laughed/smiled/aww’d through it all. 🙂 I hope to see you more than peek in over the next year. 😀

      As to the “getting”, I can explain some– all the ones with the N are some brilliant ideas as to where my N key ran off to (because it wiped off my keyboard for some reason!), and the Magic the Gathering cards were prizes for integrating the word “blitzen” in a game about guessing which of 5 anonymous posts was written by me, and the pictures with words were for International Label Day, and the doodles were prizes for participating in C4C (comeforcompany.wordpress.com). Those are the big chunks, but if you have questions about the rest, I’m happy to answer! We like to share our inside jokes ’round here, so the laughter can be bigger! 🙂

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  10. When I look back – going on 2 years – my blog being a Mothers Day gift from my daughter ( a little nudge from a wise girl who knew I needed an “outlet”) I can’t imagine what it was I did with my time. Blogging is simply the best medicine. Dialogue, friendship, and a window into rooms I never would have entered.

    Your energy by the way is infectious 🙂

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    1. I was actually in the middle of closing it all down, after a barrage of hate mail and second-guessing a post that I wanted to post that has nothing to do with any sort of current event.

      I marked it private, exported the content… and was trying to figure out how to get the media library in something like an image folder… but when I really looked at all the photos in there, it reminded me what this place is like on good days. The simplest solution is to stop… but the more elegant solution (to use math terminology here) to make more good days. I just wanted to post this in case other people needed that reminder, too.

      Thank you, Emily, for being such a vibrant and caring part of this community!

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      1. I love how you always look at the beauty in things, Rara. Way to grab hold of the situation when you were looking through your media, and be inspired to create such a gorgeous testament to the beauty of community. I know I needed to see it today.

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  11. I wish I could wrap my arms around this post and give it a big hug. Instead I will tell you that it was a lovely post and a great way to start my day. Yes, blogging is in a class of its own and people that don’t blog don’t get it like we do. 🙂 Hugs.

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  12. Rawr!! What a wonderful way to start a wonderful day! As I pored over the pictures I was inspired by so many of the moments, the art work, the sheer creativity of YOU and all of US! We are all RAWR!!!

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  13. Wow. That is amazing. And feels just so warm… I don’t fully know what I mean with that, but it’s good. Count me amongst the people who don’t think WP is a family of any kind; at least that’s how I used to think. But I think the family part and the friendships have snuck up on me over time, to the point where I do feel that fellowship. I’m glad I was wrong.

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  14. Never have I seen such proof of an adventure or of time well spent, clearly you’ve found a second home and family, I’m glad to be a part of your adventure mon amie. Roar!

    ECHO ECHO

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  15. I feel the same way you do and also agree with those who say, “I have a family.” Weird position, right? Let me explain. I have a family here at home. They call me away from the computer sometimes. It’s my lot in life. However, of all of you online who ever comment about my posts or like them or reply back when I comment, you are my friends. I know I’ve never met you in person. I’d give a lot to be able to do that. Howsoever, being the kind of person I am, I will still think of you all as a part of my family, my friends. You are all amazing and especially you Rara.

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  16. Rara,
    I love you…in a totes platonic way (BACK OFF, DAVE!! 😉 ). Anyhow, I just wanted to say that you are one of the brightest lights shining in the ‘shpere, and that I appreciate your writing and generosity. Keep on being you!

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  17. that was so awesome i don’t even know where to start! love peace cat, jeff goldblum IS sexy, and i am still wearing my friendship bracelet! it is made of strong stuff!!

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    1. It’s an absolutely great decision, you’ll have a blast– and hopefully we’ll have some of those great times together. 😀 I’m excited, too!!

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    1. 😀 Thank you for flipping through the album with me, 🙂 and more so– for being so much a part of things as they’re happening. I don’t even know how you manage! 🙂

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  18. I love you too rara! This was just absolutely wonderful! Yes, we are a community and I for one am so glad for each and every one of you! Big hugs!!

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    1. Haha! Holy Jpegs is going to be my new favorite expression!

      But yes, it’s 400 reasons why no one is getting rid of me any time soon. 😉 And for helping me get to that point, with your calm support, I just want to say “Thanks”. 🙂 So…

      Thanks! xo!

      (And I will definitely keep you updated on the life of Siobhan. 😀 )

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  19. Aww haha I spotted my little Canadian dino! I definitely feel the love! I love our little wordpress home. It’s a great place to be. Glad to say I know you, Rara! Also, I totally had that book “Everyone Poops” when I was little. So fascinating…

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  20. Rara that was beautiful. It reminds us of the invisible threads that connect us all. We are a community and we should always remember all the wonderful things we’ve done and places we’ve explored together. Thank you for once again shining light in dark places. I am proud to call you my friend
    Steph
    X

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  21. Wow, this must have taken you forever to do! Great job, Rara, and I’m glad to be a part of your “blog family”! 🙂

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