The Relationships of Blogging
I sighed, “Woman, we are not moving you to a home. You are choosing to downsize to house that is 900 square feet bigger.”
“I don't care.” she responded. “And by the way, I don’t want you to write about this to all those strangers on the Internet.”
“Mom it’s called a blog.”
She looked back, “I don’t care what it’s called. There are murderers, pedophiles and predators online.” (That fucking dateline guy ruins everything, doesn’t he?)
“They’re not strangers, mom. They’re real people. They’re my …well, friends.”
(Shit… I said it out loud.) Friends.
In a way, I guess they are. Well, you are.
Confidants. Critics. Sounding Boards. How do you explain to people outside of this blogging world, the relationships that are created in this world? How is it that it’s sometimes easier to be more intimate with people you don’t know. They laugh with you; they cry with you. And yet, they’d most likely pass you in the street without knowing you.
Almost none of my friends nor family have blogs. Most will read and then drop me an email to respond. Not one person I know shares in this world of blogging relationships.
So how do you explain to someone how exciting it is to have someone link to you? Who else appreciates the thrill of increasing the number of subscribers on bloglines. Or the validation when other bloggers invite you to become part of their blog.
These are my friends. These are people
• Who I’ve met
• Who parent like I do
• Who I correspond with every few days
• Who share mutual friends
• Who live in my home town
• Who have the same afflictions I do
• Who I’ve talked on the phone with
I love getting up in the morning and seeing what my friends have created in the last 24 hours. Each person has a very different style that moves me in different ways. And each has made me feel important as they read and comment on my creations.
So yes mom, in some strange way, these are my friends. As weird as it (or they) may be, I've grown to enjoy and cherish them.
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