Wednesday, June 22, 2005

feeling the blogging love

I didn't think it would lead to this. Imagine, feeling a connection to people thousands of miles away, whom you've never met face to face, and having it mean something!

I started blogging after a thread in a message board I post at, very infrequently now. It asked who on the board was blogging. I read it, followed some of the links, and thought, "This sounds like fun!" Thus was born Sand Creek Almanac. It has grown into something larger for me, a daily challenge to write, to record the things around me, to communicate with an unknown audience. It is truly an inspiration. At first I thought I would write better if no one was watching me, but now I think about what I write, even if its only a paragraph or two, and I think we're all better off for the increased consciousness.

Today I think a very significant thing happened in the blogging world. I read someone's post, thought, "This sounds like something I read yesterday", and wrote a comment that connected the two blogs. Judging from the subsequent comments, I think they hit it off. And I think, without blogging, how could a thirtysomething mama ever communicate something in common with a couple of twentysomething Kerouac aficionados? Who ever thought that Two Hearted Ale would forge a common connection across the Blogosphere?

What I'm saying is, thanks, all of you, for being there and for commenting. And don't be afraid to criticize me, I can take it, I know it will make me a better writer and person. And, specifically, thank you Dan, Erich, Dharma Bum, Lene, and Sylvia. You've been an inspiration.

6 comments:

Dan Trabue said...

and thanks for pointing me to whollyman. I've heard some critics suggest that friendships forged online are lacking in something.

I don't believe it. All any of us are lacking is proximity. Were any of us around the others, I suspect we'd have hardy friendships.

Thanks again.

And I love that you're using an old washer (or trying to) - the kind my dear ol' granny had in her basement and used all her life.

the dharma bum said...

you said it better than i could. thanks deb. i've been feeling something akin to what you've expressed, what lene has expressed, what a bunch of people have alluded to... inspiration is part of it. excitement is part of it. and there's a lot more, but i just don't quite know how to name it.

but thanks. thanks to you for your great stories and writing, and also for leading me to believe that my wife and i can find our own peaceful corner of the world someday.

maybe a little convention in minnesota this fall to coincide with lene's proposed meeting in vermont...? i'd love to spend an afternoon talking with you all face-to-face.

whollyman said...

Deb, I really appreciate you linking up Dan and I. I have discovered in the last 24 hours that there are lots of people that think as I do and try to walk the path in many of the same ways.

Erich said...

I truly relish the relationships that have been forged on this here superhighway of information. It’s funny that the impersonal web has made this medium possible.

When I started blogging I actually didn’t allow commenting for fear of a negative response. Now I realize that the feedback is the best part, and sometimes I think people are nicer than they should be. After all, you might be a stranger, but you’re not in the street.

Oh, and I agree that a Minnesota get-together would be a good time.

Eddie said...

I hope it's a Whirlpool washer purchased at Sears!

Sylvia said...

Awwww, thanks! <blush> I still feel like a baby-blogger myself. I think blogging is what the internet was supposed to be---people from all over the world connecting and sharing. Long live the blog!