Again, I my heart melts when I read all of your comments about my dad. Its only appropriate to introduce my dad to you. I mean, at least you know what your praying for…
But today, I’m not gonna write specifically about my dad. I’m gonna talk about the relationships formed through blog reading. I guess it takes a terrible tradgedy for you to realize how many people are rooting for you.
Sure, blogs can be popularity contests and ways to bring in free products and maybe a book deal.
But sometimes, you truly form connections with people that seem closer to your than your family. A few bloggers manage to show some honesty on their blogs. Blogs are public diaries and readers slowly learn to love them.
I think I was reminded that today. I met with a fellow blogger and avid blog reader (what a coincidence, they happen to be married!). I’ve felt I’ve known them my whole life. I felt they knew me better than some members of my family. Most importantly, they were there with their support and hugs in a time I could really use the emotional strength.
The thing is, I have a feeling non-blog readers would think I’m crazy. How could you grow to love people you’ve met through the internet!? Some never hearing their voice!
Well, I think if your blog is a mindless display of food porn and other stuff, yea, its a little laughable. But I’m honest; maybe too honest on my blog. So people that read me know me. They know me better than most people I see on a daily basis. I think some people can get too consumed in “blog traffic”, possible revenue, and impending book deals.
I blog because its given me the chance to have connections with people that may as well be my family. I don’t have a huge family. Most Jews from Europe don’t. So I consider the friends and readers I’ve met through the blog family. I’ll even share a straw with them even though germs freak me out a bit. That’s right, feel special 😉
Have you found so deeply connected you’ve never met before? Have you ever connected with someone virtually and didn’t click with them in person? Would you consider some of your blog friends “family”?