Back in 2006 when I first started blogging on AOL, I literally fell into a wonderful blogging community, and quickly gained new friends from all over the world, the difference was that we write journals, and basically charted our lives, hopes,dreams through this medium.
As you all know in the blogging fraternity you tend to have your favourites, and it just like a real friendship even though you might never meet.
There was one such very sweet lady from North Carolina, who sadly died suddenly on the 1st of July.
I love the way she wrote about the human condition, her words always inspired, she wrote so eloquently about her life, her challenges with mental illness, suicide, politics, her family, friends her love of poetry, music, so many things to her interest.
Her intelligence and compassion for those who suffered injustices across the globe as well as in her own backyard, she had a lively sense of humour to which was always intact, she had one of those rare gifts of being to reach out even when all seemed lost. Most of all she made me think!.
She was one of my first eve commenters and a couple of times when I was going to throw in the towel she encouraged me to keep writing to find the inspiration to write those word about things that mattered to me, she also encouraged me to be afraid of criticism, as long as your honest and it comes from the heart you’ll be fine she counselled, she was right.
There are not many people you can connect with in your day-to-day life, so to find that connection online is a pretty wonderful thing, I think that sometimes without eye contact, tone of voice, gestures we listen more when it is written, therefore actually feel what is being said, and when we comment it comes from a wholly different perspective, as you have been made to think about what is said and be able to more clearly respond and even better learn.
This is why I love blogging, it’s not about having thousands of followers, or likes or even comments, but the quality of those who wish to engage with you on your journey whatever the topic, and if in some small way you can help each other so much the better, sometimes we can’t reach out to those around us, but for me personally when bloggers understand my journey and take the time to comments and invest in me as it were it makes my journey more worthwhile.
Why do you blog?