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Blogger Conference Inspired to Just Write!

Coming off the Type-A Blogger Conference, I’ve been inspired to start writing more stuff that come from snippets of my daily life. 

I am sitting in the Atlanta airport waiting for my flight home after the type-a blogging conference. I look around the waiting area and see everyone focused on something other than his or her surroundings. Most people have their noses buried in their personal electronics. I’ve got my laptop; many have their cell phones. A few folks have books and newspapers. I remember when we used to sit at airports and actually chat with one another. Strike up a conversation with a complete stranger; get to know a little about their lives and then part ways with well-wishes of safe travels.

Times have changed. I feel like I’d be seen as strange if I were to say hi to someone, other than possibly the person sitting next to me on the actual flight. It’s a shame that all of us who used to feel more comfortable chatting with a stranger will no longer do it.

So, instead of chatting with my neighbor, I’m blogging about the fact that I am NOT chatting with my neighbor. What would we do without our blogs? Type-A reminded me how the new way to connect with “strangers” is through the internet. These strangers often become friends. Sometimes better than the friends we actually see in person. Luckily, we have conferences like Type-A where we can have the opportunity to meet face to face (even though we still Tweet to each other during the conference).

Thanks for reminding me that blogging is meant to be a way for me to chat with the neighbor next to me. Who knows, maybe she will stumble upon my blog someday. I wonder if she’ll know that I wrote about HER.

Comeback Momma Siggy



Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.

This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. It is amazing how electronics has changed society in a whole. You are 100% correct, everyone has their noses buried in something and is obliviously to the outside world and that I am afraid is going to become a huge problem sooner than we realize.

  2. Ellen Christian

    I talk to strangers all the time 🙂 but I find people in small towns are just generally more friendly than those in huge cities.

  3. Joelen

    This is so true and yet sad at the same time.

  4. Melanie

    Thank you for this thought provoking post!

  5. Kristi D

    Interesting observation! Most people are dating via the internet, too! Are we connected or disconnected? Hard to tell…

  6. I think that people have always had their noses buried in something if they don’t want to be social. It’s been a lament of mothers for ages.

  7. Bre Dale

    Great post! I love people watching and people usually talk to me if they want to chatter. I guess I look approachable.

  8. Erinn S

    That is so funny! I was just flying and only spoke to 2 people-they were young and had to go to the bathroom and I watched thier luggage. The one thing you are not to do at an airport-watch luggage- and those were the only 2 conversations I had 🙂

    1. Jenn

      To funny. I did end up having a lovely conversation with the woman sitting next to me on the bus from the airport. She was definitely from the no cell phone, no computer generation. It was refreshing. Watch out for that luggage!

  9. Thanks for sharing this perspective, Jenn. I felt the same way in the airport and on the MARTA. I watched about a half dozen middle school children get on the train at 7 am and ride about 30 minutes to school. Only 2 of them spoke to each other – two girls. And even they were using an ipad as they talked. The other children sat alone and didn’t talk the entire time – each on his/her own device. Sad to see our younger generations growing up so disconnected. But as you say – maybe they ARE connected. Maybe they were searching through Instagram for the latest photos from their cousins in NJ or chatting on FB with the kids they met at summer camp – the kids they really felt connected to. Or (gasp!) texting mom to tell her what stop they were passing so she wasn’t worried about them all alone on the MARTA. Does social media bring us closer to those we have more in common with? Is that a good thing – even at the expense of distancing ourselves from those who sit next to us? Pondering…

    1. Jenn

      Fantastic insights. I do think in the long run that social media does help us find our true “tribe” in many ways, but I think kids should learn the old fashioned way to interact first.

      1. Agreed! Like anything else – it’s a tool that can be used for good or evil. Our job is to show them how to use it for good. And that starts with teaching them the old fashioned ways:-)

  10. Amber Edwards

    This is so awesome! I thought about this the other day. Our society used to be a lot more personable and communicative. But now it’s all about, “stay out of my life stranger”. So being online is a great way to connect with new strangers and build bridges. I have made so many amazing friends online that I have never met in person…..YET> I hope to change that one day.

  11. cindy b

    Lol, sounds like me.. instead of talking to my neighbor, i’d be blogging about it too….

  12. Jenna Wood

    Haha, I often think about this ‘blogger; double life. When I blog about real time events, or personal instances, I think “Will so-and-so ever know I wrote this?” I try to blog fluid, but it often gets away with all the recipes and photos- This is a great reminder of what blogging is all about!

  13. Jayne

    I talk to strangers all. the. time. At the zoo, you would think I was their personal guide. I talk to people I see reading books I like or books I want to read. I ask folks if I can see their coupon binders in the store. Connect with people is important!

  14. Cinny

    You never know! I sometimes talk to strangers although it’s weird when drunks start approaching you. 😉 Then I’d rather not talk. LOL!

  15. I am this way with my husband! I no longer have conversations to fill him in on the day, because I’ve either instagrammed it, facebooked it, or blogged it, lol!

  16. Kristyn

    so true and so sad in so many ways :/

  17. Libby's Library

    I usually travel with my Service Dog, Gabe. He attracts so much attention, that it seems that everyone want to talk to him (and thus me). Sometimes I yearn for some quite time at the airport:-)

  18. I totally understand where you’re coming from in regards to physically talking with people face-to-face. It just doesn’t happen anymore and while sad, the new connectivity is definitely the interwebs.

    I’m not sure if it’s the natural order of the way things go, giving one up for another, but I personally do like to chat up strangers when I can.

    At least some of us won’t let the old face-to-face die without a fight 🙂

  19. Angie Nelson

    Crazy! Maybe it is being from the Midwest, but personal interaction with strangers is still a frequent occurrence.

  20. times are a changin and it also depends on where you are I’ve moved around alot and back east (I’m in california now) they will strike up a conversation not so much here. thanks for the article have a great day

  21. I think you have a very good point. If you are a private person, the devices give you an excuse to hide out. But it goes so much farther than that. My husband and I were having lunch out the other day. I looked up from my cell phone to see him gazing at the TV with his iPhone clutched in his hand. I just giggled and took a picture for Instagram! I suppose that just about tells the whole story.

    b+ (Retire In Style Blog)

  22. Sharon Greenthal

    Guilty! I avoid conversations in places like airports because I don’t want to get trapped in conversation with someone who is less than interesting. My husband takes care of the friendliness everywhere we go. Which is funny, because I’m much more talkative in most situations than he is.

    If you ever sit next to me at an airport, though, I’ll talk to you.

    1. Jenn

      It’s a deal. We will chat for sure!

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