My blog turned six yesterday. It's been a constant in my life in a time of incredible change. And I'm quite thankful for all of you who have stuck with me through some pretty rough stuff over the past six years. I posted this last year, on the occasion of its fifth birthday. It's all still true:
The year I graduated from high school, the girl who gave our graduation
speech used her few minutes at the podium to - as many times as possible
- list the names of her 16 very best friends and mention all the fun
times they'd had over the four years (or eight, or in some cases 13)
they'd been in school together.
As you might imagine, that didn't go over too well with the rest of us.
And with a class of only about 110, there were a lot of us who felt left
out that day.
I think about that a lot. Well, not that speech or that day so much, but
in situations where I'm on the inside of something - a joke, or a group
of friends, or whatever - how it looks to people on the outside. I've
been thinking about that more than usual this week. On Tuesday, I went
to a party; a celebration hosted by somebody I know through her blog.
Somebody who I only met in person two weeks ago. It was a very personal
celebration, and yet she invited many of the people who she's only known
through her comments or Twitter. And she was equally gracious to us
pseudo-strangers as she was to lifelong friends.
I met a bunch of really cool people at that party. I doubt our paths
ever would have crossed if it hadn't been for our blogs. And some of us
talked about that for awhile, and about how hard it is to explain to
everyone on the outside of the blogosphere how it's totally safe to meet
up with strangers you know from the Internet. Or to travel with them.
Or accept their offers of a place to stay while you're on vacation. And
how awesome it is when those strangers become actual, meet for lunch or a
night out, real life friends.
The people and opportunities this
little piece of the Internet has brought me are priceless. I just
wanted to say thanks.
i feel good, i feel great, i feel wonderful...
50 minutes ago