A few months ago, I updated my ‘About’ page to read:
I came for the writing and stayed for the friends. Who knew the blogging community was so rich and diverse?
On WordPress alone, bloggers produce over 44 million posts a month. My blog is a tiny minnow in a vast sea. Yet somewhere along the way, I’ve connected with a handful of remarkable people scattered across the globe. In many ways, blogging is the start of a conversation. Great things reside in the comments that follow. Like the oft-compared pen pals of our youth, we form relationships through the written word.
Without face-to-face exchanges, bloggers rely on words and pictures. When you’re first starting out, you hunger for comments. It’s a way to validate why you’re here and what you write about. In a short time, however, relationships are born. They grow and strengthen and before you know it, you’re logging on every day to connect with like-minded and interesting people.
For me, it all started with ‘Boomdee’. I can still remember the first blog that caught my eye, a beautiful transformation of her front porch. I love before-and-after pictures and I liked her style. A little exploration told me she had two rescue cats, and that she lived in Canada, my country of origin.
The connection could have ended there, but before long, we were exchanging multiple comments back and forth every day. Unbelievably, someone I didn’t know just a few years ago, became one of my closest, dearest friends.
Through that connection, I found other bloggers.
- Dani, at Teddy and Tottie. She writes a slice-of-life blog from a small town in Australia.
- Julia, at Defeat Despair, writes inspirational posts from her homes in Washington D.C. and Virginia
- Laurie, at Life on the Bike, also lives in Virginia. She’s a fabulous photographer and a serious biker and she shares her experiences with both.
- Pauline, at The Contented Crafter, blogs from New Zealand. Pauline blogs about her process of creating mixed-media art and crafts.
…and we all include our wonderful animals in our posts.
Yesterday, an amazing thing happened. Ms. Boomdee organized a global Skype Tea.She put together a schedule that accommodated five different time zones, then placed the call. We had a series of technical issues, but it added to the fun. Each of us read a pre-selected poem, wearing a hat and gloves of course. We enjoyed the novelty of hearing each other for the first time, and our diverse accents on the call. I can’t remember the last time I experienced something so unique and fun.
Special thanks, dear Boomdee, for making this all possible. Fellow bloggers, thank you for reading, writing, photo-sharing and commenting. My hat (and gloves) are off to you.