I was on Twitter, but only followed around 30 people and had half the followers.
One of my favourite blogs however, was Alright Tit, by the amazing Lisa Lynch. I didn't follow her blog from the beginning, far from it. I came in about a year down the line and read that blog word for word. Post for post. It was incredible. She was incredible.
Lisa fought with breast cancer at the age of 28. After beating it once, it came back. With a bitch of a vengeance.
Despite this, Lisa continued to blog, tweet and make us all laugh through her own fight with The Bullshit. Without meaning to, I got sucked in. I was so desperate for Lisa to beat her illness, despite her knowing she never would. Every post was like a breath of fresh air, knowing that she was still fighting despite the pain she was in.
Sadly, today we found out that Lisa sadly passed away on Monday 11th March.
I didn't know Lisa personally, we'd only ever spoken very briefly via Twitter, but the news hit me hard. Through her writing and her blog, I felt like we all got to know a part of her. She's left a legacy in her name.
When I started blogging, I never meant to get so involved. It wasn't my intention to make friends and become emotionally attached to people I'd never met. It definitely wasn't planned to cry over the death of someone I didn't know.
The same could be said for the beautiful Jennie Edspire, Mummy of William, Esther and the newest addition to the stars in the sky; Matilda Mae.
Jennie sadly lost her beautiful 9 month old Matilda Mae last month to cot death. There are no answers for Jennie and there are no words to express the intense emotions that have traveled amongst the blogging community. The story of baby Tilda has touched all of us, we all felt the impact.
Since that night, Jennie has received copious amounts of condolences, support and virtual hugs. More so than any of us can ever know.
It just goes to show how much of a community the blogging world is. Without even realising, I have become a part of it.
I have congratulated friends nominated in the MADs, I have felt real joy and cried real tears all in the name of these bloggers that I am proud to know. I am proud to be considered part of their community and most importantly, I am proud to call them my friends.
I don't think you can ever truly understand until you become a part of it. People you've never met become your friends, and you chat regularly with people whom you only know via their own blogs.
Seeing the love and support of the people whose lives Lisa and baby Tilda have touched, shows to me just how special the blogging community is. Whether you're a parent blogger or a fashion blogger, it doesn't matter. We're all in it together. Jennie even had a live Twitter stream showing at Matilda Mae's funeral so we could all show our support. #matildamae trended several times on Twitter showing just how affected everyone was and how far the news traveled.
Lisa has inspired many people and has also encouraged women to check their breasts regularly. She was 28 when cancer struck her, it's never too early to start.
And despite the immense heartache that plagues Jennie every waking moment, she has shown the strength and courage to help others through her heartbreaking honesty and her involvement with FSID's charity
We all have a lot to learn from these women.
Please take the time to visit both of these amazing women's blogs. I promise you, once you start reading, you won't be able to stop.
Rest in Peace Lisa Lynch and baby Tilda x