For some reason lately, I feel like I’m starting a letter with each blog post that I write – so I’m going with that. It feels much more personal with a salutation. And I have always loved writing letters. So, if you have any issues with this direction, please speak loudly into your keyboard to register a complaint. Within 49 hours, I guarantee, you will not garner a response.
During the course of the holiday season, amidst some very disturbing events and stomach flu for me & mine, two bloggers brought me holiday cheer and nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger award. I’m deeply touched that there are others out there that read my stuff and for whatever reason, have kept me in their minds. It’s kind of interesting to think that people who have never met me in person, never heard my speaking voice, never seen my face; ‘know me’ on a very intimate level and have thought of me when nominating others for blogging awards. Or they ran out of people and thought, ‘what the hell, we’ll include her’.
And here comes the tangent –
I always wonder about bloggers that I’ve become friends with – if we met at a party, unknown, would we gravitate towards each other? If we met at a party and knew each other through blogging, would we gravitate towards each other? I’m curious how one bridges the gap with the mundane with someone that they’ve shared very personal thoughts and feelings. In ‘face to face life’, building a friendship starts with the shallow to the deeper – in terms of knowledge/sharing etc. (and of course not every relationship starts this way but you know what I mean – stop being argumentative). However, in an online world, it can start with divulging something deep and connecting with a reader – then the friendship develops that way. So how do you go from sharing your worst struggles with something like alcohol dependency to gee- what’s your favorite color?
First phone conversations must be weird – to me, speaking on the phone (which I loathe) is something you do with someone you know – because you can’t have long pauses in a phone conversation – it’s just awkward…with someone you know in the flesh, it often is not an issue…but if say, blogger X called me, I would imagine that getting the conversation off the ground would be – well, awkward. That ‘casual knowledge’ that comes from a relationship not based on writing, is what I think would be the bridge to a phone conversation. I’m so very interested in relationships that are based on writing – letters, emails, blogs, comments etc. It strikes me that we become friends via writing and commenting back and forth – and it seems so natural, but have you noticed that we don’t call up random people and make friends with them that way?
I know that Tracy Fulks has just visited Le Clown and Saradraws in Montreal – I would be interested for any of them to comment about how they took their online friendship and segued to an ‘in person’ friendship and how it was different/same as if they met, say, at work.
***** UPDATE! Tracy Fulks TELLS ALL in this POST – RIGHT HERE *****
Anyway – I’m WAY off topic by now…
So there are some rules to follow….
1. Display the award logo on your blog. Gaze upwards
2. Link back to the person/s who nominated you. Done & done!
3. State 7 things about yourself. Gaze downwards
A) I wish I was Canadian
B) I wish I could ice skate EVERYWHERE – and possibly knock you down with a hockey stick…on Wednesdays
C) I was a belly dancer long ago
D) I’m a librarian that doesn’t organize (Dorothy missed me on the Yellow Brick Road)
E) I have 8 tattoos – two of which I want covered up….
G) I like to make lists with letters
F) added on 1.8.13 – not particularly good at counting with letters… thank you sacha1nch1~
4. Nominate other bloggers for this award and link to them
I have recently met a whole flock/gaggle/pride/slew of talented bloggers– and here they are! I hope you have some time to check them out. Please note: I did not alphabetize this list … it would go against letter D.