I really enjoy this blogging thing. I get a lot off my mind this way. Even though I probably could be more crude and obnoxious, I got family members who read this stuff and I don’t want to offend (right Mom?). Anyway, I am perplexed by the way people stop by to read these posts. I can’t figure out if it’s random people stopping by, or if I have a steady flow of people who check in from time to time to see what silly story I’ve written today.
I know that’s what I do. I basically have that blogroll on the side of my site here and those are my normal stops every day. I like all of the writers on all of the sites that I list and I will sometimes stop by their site 2 or 3 times a day (depending on my access to a computer) to see if they’ve updated. Is that strange? Or am I the norm?
I’ve made many new “friends” this way. Ashley over at “…is this thing on?” is one of my favorite stops. She has 2 kids about the same age as mine. She is an awesome writer and has a good head on her shoulders. The other night she and her daughter were in a car accident and I admittedly felt for her, even though I’ve never met her! I think that’s kinda cool (that I was worried for her…not that she was in a crash). It’s too bad she lives in Michigan though…’cause being from middle Ohio, we all know how much Michigan sucks! But it still brings up an interesting debate…can you really have friends on the internet?
Interesting fact…my family is throwing my Dad, my brother and I a big birthday party this year. My Dad turns 70, my brother is 30 and I’ll be 40. I was asked to invite my closest friends. Come to find out, I have 3, maybe 4 (depending on how Janet feels about being considered one of my best friends). Other than that, I have a lot of people who I’m friends with…but they aren’t my best friends. Some people have hundreds of best friends (ie my wife), but I just have those select few. So…could someone on the internet be considered a close friend?
Thinking about it, maybe I am closer to the people whose sites I visit. It’s kind of a give and take. We give information out about ourselves in hopes that people will read about it and appreciate it. Then we go to their site and do the same thing. It’s not exactly a “friendship” in the traditional sense, but maybe it’s a “new” type of friendship that allows us to be involved yet disconnected. When I read that Ashley had been in an accident, it made me think about this. What if she had died? What if her daughter had been seriously injured? How would I have felt?
I do know this…I would have been very sad. And I think I would have done anything to help out in any way that I could. I don’t know what support I could have offered from here, but I would have done whatever I could! And I think that is something new for me. I don’t know if I would do that for just anybody. Especially someone I’ve never met before.
I recently posted my site on the “Million Blog List” site. I am number 1606. Needless to say, they are a few thousand off from reaching their goal of a million listed. But the main thought I have is that now I have at least 1605 new friends that, if I want, I can keep in touch with at any given time. And that number is growing every day!
So I am admittedly hooked on this blogging thing and I have definately enjoyed meeting new people and expanding my horizons in a new and exciting way. It is my hope that each of these new friends take care of themselves and are healthy and happy. And if there is ever anything they might need, I hope I can be there for them. As the song goes…that’s what friends are for.
Now…back to being snarky.