Things at work have been slow this week due to the upcoming Holiday. I’d like to say that this is a good thing, which to an extent it is; however, these days I have found myself with too much free time on my hands while sitting in front of a computer so, I’ve been doing an awful lot of blog reading.
I think that the blog universe is amazing. It never would have occurred to me that there were so many freaks with lives worth following out there. This is kind of comforting to be honest. Although for as long as I have been part of the blog culture I have had my personal favorites, I have found- mostly by accident- that the most note worthy blogs are simply the most real.
Something else that totally amazes me, and this is something that I’ve noticed from my own experience as a blogger, is how easy it is to become completely addicted to someone by their writings. To fall crazy in like with someone you have never met and will probably never get to meet. It’s somewhat refreshing to know that at least in this realm of existence the words NO STRINGS ATTACHED really do mean something.
I have known some bloggers before they blogged and some (not all) seem more interesting to me on the screen of my computer than they ever did in person. Some are definitely more interesting in person than what they appear to be on the screen. Of the bloggers I have met as bloggers, I always get the distinct feeling that I know them more than I should but nowhere near as much as I’d like. Then there is the blogger I ran into on the subway, who I have never met…that day I felt like I had crossed some weird line.
In any case, it’s interesting to sit here and ponder on the possibilities. I wonder if the people whose lives and thoughts I’ve been following would be interesting to me if they were a part of my physical world. If I would think that the boy who keeps a crappy blog but has a sexy picture was still sexy. If anybody would notice what an obsessive compulsive weirdo I can really be. Then I wonder if I’d care.
Sometimes I get these emails from people who read my blog, or someone who is responding to a comment I left somewhere and although it flatters me that they'd make contact, it worries me that maybe on a one-on-one scale, the effect will not be the same. That thoughts on a screen are more interesting than words aimed directly at you.
The power of the written word is really amazing. It can make you friends, it can make you enemies and laced together the right way, no matter how simply, words can make you invincible. It really makes you think…