Friday, December 30, 2005

Blogging As An Avocation, Part II

Do you know what I especially like about blogging and fellow bloggers? Being accepted by people. Not because of looks, the amount of money you have, the fancy house you live in, the expensive car you drive, your wonderful taste in clothing or decorating, the great children you have brought into this world, the number of degrees you possess, or the fabulous vacations you are able to afford -- but because of your verbal ability to communicate your humanity, wit, charm, compassion, talents, and intelligence without coming off as a complete dork (is that sentence too long?).

We all form subconscious opinions about people we meet face-to-face based upon looks and other superficial markers, and decide immediately whether we like them or not. Blogging, on the other hand, gives us an opportunity to meet many people we would not otherwise have an opportunity to meet. We are able to decide whether we like them or not based upon common interests and our ability to talk to one another. Have you noticed that most of us are pretty cordial and polite, and care what happens to each other even though we will most likely never meet face-to-face?

The great thing about blogging is that there are so many interesting people in this wide world with so many interesting stories to tell. The more we think we are unique and different, the more we find we are just alike. Have you also noticed that even though you may not have a particular talent (like quilting or gardening or photography), you are still able to talk to another person even if it is to just tell them you like what they have done or accomplished?

The other great thing I love about blogging is discovering how funny people are (I don't mean odd, but humorous), and their ability to tell us about hilarious/odd things that happen in their lives. Or, to tell us jokes. Or, to tell us sad things that have happened to them or to members of their families. In other words, to communicate their humanity without fear of ridicule or retribution from others.

On the surface blogging may seem superficial and trivial. We may ooh and aah over others' photographs or artwork or writing ability, but what is really happening is our acknowledgement of someone else as a valuable member of the human race.

So, all my blogfriends, keep your keyboards warmed up and write, write, write. We are waiting to hear what you have to say because you're worth it.


At December 30, 2005 9:40 PM, Blogger jellyhead said...

Motherkitty, you said this so eloquently! Blogging IS a wonderful way to feel accepted, whatever your background or situation.

I'm definitely hooked!

At December 30, 2005 9:46 PM, Blogger The Catshark said...

I love to peeking into other people blogs just to have a open door into someone elses world.

Like you said it gives you a chance to meet people that you probably would never meet in real life. For example, when do you think you would ever bump into me in my neck of the woods. Mind you I happen to live in a small town so that wouldn't be too hard but since we live on two different sides of the country I believe that would be a rare chance. Even so bumping into a blog is a rare thing since there are dozens of them out there! But it is a wonder how many of us are able to meet connect with simular interests and what not. No matter your looks, age or lifestyle blogging gives you that open door or freedom to converse with the world. It also can link others to a kind of since of family when you start hooking up with friends of friends and other things. Gee it still fascinates me!

At December 31, 2005 6:22 AM, Blogger Alipurr said...

Aren't you glad you didn't scoff when I told you about blogging. Now all we needs is a song about blogging. I think it should something about clogging in it. If you think about it, they are both things that people love and enjoy once they get into it, but think things like, Clogging, that's for other people, not me...

At January 03, 2006 9:12 AM, Blogger susan said...

You have again put into words what we are all thinking, thanks for sharing your thoughts! Looking forward to more of your stories.


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