Friday, January 27, 2006

My [Blogging] Neighborhood Revisited

Blogroll Me!

Okay, and now for the serious part of the show, folks.

Yes, I wrote that cutesie post before this one, but my original plan for that post had been to make it a serious one, another one of my introspections, if you may. But I guess the humorous side wanted to make an appearance before the serious side did.

So going back to that neighborhood...

I often wonder how the heck I end up corresponding with several bloggers time and again, with some of them more often. What is it that draws us together?

I'm not stupid. I realize that if I in fact did live in a real-to-life community amongst all the bloggers I named in the previous post, I probably wouldn't be friends with many of you, and vice versa. What do we truly have in common?

So many of us are ages apart; I have young children, you have young-adult children or married children , as well as grandchildren. So many of us are at different stages in our lives; some are settled in their cities and in their jobs, while others are still out there, searching for whatever it is they are searching for.

On the religious totem pole we vary; as a result of that variation, I wouldn't even be able to eat in some of your homes; you wouldn't necessarily want to visit me on a Friday night or Saturday, either.

So what is it that draws us together? We're not so anonymous anymore and we've shared inside secrets. Are we just the equivalent of speakers and listeners in this blogosphere? Does that spatial distance in the cyber world work as a shield, allowing us this free contact. Would we normally tell each other these things out there in the real world, do you think?

I continue to be fascinated by questions such as these. And I invite you to ponder them with me.


Sweettooth120 said...

Fantastic post. Something to really think about.

cruisin-mom said...

I think about that when I look at my blogroll...why have I chosen those particular people to visit each day. Something touches me, makes me laugh, think, I return. Something just clicks. And then one day you correspond with someone and you're off and running. But you're right, Pearl, you couldn't even eat in my house. And like I said before, would we all need our laptop computers to communicate? (first I need a laptop of course!)

torontopearl said...

Ladies, this question continues to bother me. It's one of those little mysteries of life that perhaps has no real answer. Maybe it's time for me to take off that thinking cap!

In any case, I enjoy blogging and corresponding offline with bloggers. It definitely has added something to my life, but it makes me wonder "What the hell was I doing before I began all this online/offline stuff?!"

Randi, I, too, need to get me a laptop before I even attempt to hang out with any of you.

sweettooth said...

I have a friend that I became quite close with simply through IM. We have known each for a long time and would occassionally talk on the phone or send out an email. But suddenly, the emails became instant messages and before we knew it, it became a daily habit. The sad part is, that whenever we talk on the phone now, it's so awkward. I have gotten use to having the "extra" time to think before I speak.

Mirty said...

I think the Internet has just opened up new ways to meet people. Say if you and I were taking a creative writing class together, we might find we share some interests, such as writing about our families, about our beliefs.... The blogosphere is a bit like an informal writing workshop.