Blog Reflection #4

My Diary

Every now and then, I have the urge to write about my blogging experience. The spirit moves me, and I can’t even finished getting dressed, and write while half-naked. Does this ever happen to you?

I’m thinking about a comment I made earlier this week. The comment out of context will not make any sense to you. I’ll paraphrase the emotion behind it instead. I thought simply that the blogosphere is not real life. It can’t pay my bills and do practical things like get me a job. I’ll just keep talking like that because maybe I’ll just land one that way. A new approach.

Yet for it being virtual and for not really knowing every aspect of your lives, dear readers, blogging friends, what you say matters to me. Hopefully, what I say matters to you. And, it is, indeed, personal. We share parts of ourselves, deep emotions, experiences, hopes, dreams, failings…all out in the open for all to read and access. But, I’ve become aware that I share a sliver of myself with you, maybe only the part that I want you to see. It’s easy to do. We all can make ourselves into whatever we’d like here.

I’ve come to enjoy the honest posts that reveal something personal about a blogger, maybe a recent discovery or a remembrance of a past experience, things that make me delve deeper into my own personal narrative. What do I reveal, I ask myself? After reading a such a post, I wonder if I could be so bold, or do I need to create another blog? I could anonymous….hey, I may have already created it. I could spout things that might make my readers uncomfortable, write things that are controversial. I could really piss you off, and you wouldn’t even know who it was that was pissing you off. Would the writing lose some of its value then?

Typically, I write on a whim. Possibly, I may have a couple of posts planned that I’d like to write, but then an idea will come in between them and I will write that one instead. That said, I don’t give a lot of consideration for necessarily how I’m presenting myself, of how I’m branding myself. I guess that could be construed by what I’m writing then…but what then, if I’m not paying attention to that. You will decide for yourself if I don’t tell what you what I am. Do I care? Should I care if all I’m doing is wanting to create and share pieces of writing with you?

An anonymous blog full of secrets would be like stumbling on a diary of sorts. What then is the difference? The writer is the only who sees the diary, supposedly. Of course, there’s always fiction. You can write whatever you like then, because even if it is true you can disguise it as fiction. But is it blogging that is the the new fiction, where the stories people tell truthful, but the writer, sometimes anonymous, therefore, possibly fictional? I mean, of course, they’re real people. I’m not losing my mind here.

Do my random thoughts make any sense? Have I at least given you something to ponder this holiday season? This is post #95. It would have made more sense to do some grand reflection for post #100.

I used to keep a diary for as long as I remember. In my first diary, I had very little space to write. I would write things like: Dear Diary, School today. Went swimming. Ate pizza. At the very least, I think this is better than that!

Peace out,

The Bumble Files

P.S. This is not at all the post I was supposed to do today.

photo credit: Insomnia PHT via photopin cc

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71 thoughts on “Blog Reflection #4

  1. Well, you gave me something to ponder.
    I think we all put ourselves out in one way or another. I often find myself sharing more personal thing in comments I leave on people’s blog than in my own blog.
    My blog has a lot of true on it, all I write is based on something that I’ve lived however the approach may not me my own, but using someone else’s point of view.
    People write deep and thoughtful post, which makes me feel like sharing my personal experience and add something if I can. I’ve never been good at writing “serious” matters, I tend to make things look like a joke, I’ve tried several times writing a serious post and I fail miserably. I still have a couple as drafts, likely I’ll never post them.
    And I think I now went in a total different direction.
    Fiction or not, the soul of the writer is always there.

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    1. Well, Leo, I’m glad I gave you something to ponder. I love what you said about the soul of the writer always being there. I couldn’t have said it better. That’s perfect, fiction or not. I bet that’s a bit of the serious side of Leo. So, this is evidence you could put those serious posts out there. I bet you will someday. Maybe it will be on a whim. I enjoy your playful, joking self. I think it’s actually hard to do funny really well. But then, some people like you, are naturals. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

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  2. It’s funny to read this post, because just a few hours ago, I was thinking how different bloggers would be from our perceptions of them if we met them in real life. I’m thinking of writing a blog post on that. You hit on some of my thoughts. But just for the record, I don’t write half-naked. Not usually…

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    1. Uh huh…yeah, I usually don’t either. Just in haste, when I’m feeling so passionate, you know, I may not have all my clothes…never mind! Oh, I want to read this post of yours! That sounds like a great topic. I often think I’d like to have a party with all my blogging friends. I wonder, would we talk about blogging?

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  3. You made me think. Not that I don’t usually think, you just made me think in a new direction. First, no I don’t post half-naked. Unless you count posting in my nightgown sometimes. Then ok, I do.

    I have found myself posting some pretty personal stuff. Like when I was stalked by my ex for five years. I could post more personal stuff, but it takes a lot out of me. For the most part I’m a very private person. I’m sure a lot of people feel more comfortable posting as an anonymous person. I just usually don’t write that way.

    commenting, sometimes I do get much more personal. But, thinking on things, I’m more like the ‘real’ me then I thought on blogsville. I must be growing. πŸ™‚

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    1. Jackie, that must be a welcome thought that you feel you are growing. I probably would have a hard time as an anonymous person, too. Writing is so personal. And so much a part of blogging is talking to other bloggers. I guess if one wanted to post more personal stuff, the option is there. It’s all very subjective, and everyone has their reasons for having a blog in the first place, which I respect. Thanks.

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  4. I believe that we do make some genuine connections here. You and I did yesterday as we commented back and forth. Your post triggered a memory for me, which led me to share with you and then posting. You don’t get that from anonymous.
    I made a conscious decision when I started to write that I would be open and honest and be me. It doesn’t always work out the way I wanted it to. Some times for the better, sometimes not. I do try to not intentionally hurt anyone with my words but my stories are my stories. For the second time this week I share this quote from Anne Lamott. When it was sent to me I printed it and it taped it up above my monitor. “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them they should have behaved better.”

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    1. Oh, Michelle, and wasn’t that lovely to have had that exchange! You are so right in that our exchange could not have happened with anonymity. Those connections inspire me to write and reach out. I had no idea my Christmas tree post would do that. Initially, the post seemed a little silly. Like, look at me at the tree farm, like I was trying to show off somehow. I absolutely wasn’t, truly. I didn’t want it to appear that way. I appreciate honesty, and I feel that when I read your posts. Definitely. I love the quote. I want to tape that to my wall! Damn straight, huh?

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  5. I try not to share too much personal stuff in my comments, but sometimes it just can’t be helped. But this post really made me think about how much i know about my followers and how much they know about me. I feel like I have friends here and that’s a feeling I really enjoy πŸ˜‰

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    1. Absolutely. I enjoy your blog and comments all the time. It is interesting to stop and think about it, isn’t it? I guess I don’t do that too often, because I’m so busy reading. I enjoy the many connections I’ve made along the way. It’s great to share something meaningful and have it mean something to someone else.

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  6. What I like best about blogging is making new relationships, both by learning about people through their posts and by talking through comments. I’m glad I met here, and thanks for your thoughts, even if it wasn’t what you were supposed to do. πŸ™‚

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  7. Very thought provoking post Amy. Obviously I write under the thin guise of anonymity. I do that because it makes it easier to share the personal things I do and to share them honestly. I still have an identity though and communicate freely with others on their blogs and mine as well. To me, you are Amy. To you, I am Ros or Christy. I still don’t “know” you, but I consider you a friend. Why not?

    I do sometimes feel like I share a lot and wonder if it is too much. But then I remember my purpose in starting to blog (therapy and connection) and how much it helps me and others when I do so. If I didn’t thrive on the dialogue or feel as if I or my readers weren’t benefitting or growing from my musings, then I may as well journal or write in a diary. (I do wonder when others blog, but never respond to comments or comment on other posts though. Why not just journal?) But when people tell me that what I write helps, and when I can better work through life issues by sharing them, I’ll continue to blog.

    Our connections may be virtual, but the people writing and sharing are very real.

    I greatly enjoyed the post, thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Christy! Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I didn’t know you went by Ros, too. Yes, maybe a first basis is simply enough. I think it is! I completing understand blogging anonymously, which is why I put it out there. Sometimes I wonder if I were to be completely anonymous, if I would blog differently, would I have different relationships. It’s not something I will know the answer to. I don’t intend to start another blog. One is enough! I also respect people’s desire to blog with anonymity. Everyone has their own reason and method for blogging, which is a very personal matter and experience. That’s also a wonderful thought. the platform may be virtual, the connections, but the people are real. That comes through all the time, and definitely with you. I can hear your voice through your writing. It’s a vibrant, fun, and full of energy! Thanks for your comments.

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      1. I get what you’re saying Amy, it’s multi-layered and very dynamic, and I think extends beyond the blogging world or Facebook. Most people are only sharing what they want you to see (or what they wish to project) and we all do this from so early in our lives that often we’re not aware we’re even doing it. From a social psychology standpoint, personas and brands are very intriguing.

        (Oh Ros is just my acronym for my blog name. People call me all sorts of things, but Christy really is my name. I’m probably not as anonymous as I think haha. The more I write the less of a big deal it becomes.)

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      2. Oh, of course…Ros. Got it! Duh! I think the younger generation may be more aware of how they project themselves, especially, and the difference between the online self and the real person. I think I try to project myself honestly, at least I try to. I agree the more you reveal of yourself the less of big deal it is. I think it’s just hard to not do, if what you are writing is of a more personal nature. I could write about flowers, but…I don’t think that would last very long!

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  8. I appreciated reading your reflections on your blogging experience and I so relate to your ‘P.S.’ — when I blog on a whim this is what happens, what I expected to post gets pushed aside for something I feel more immediately able to communicate.

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    1. You rock, Sandee! I feels good to write freely and hit the publish button! I wish I could do that all the time. The beauty of blogging is that it can be so immediate, and connecting with our friends. Thanks.

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  9. I enjoyed your post. It made me reflect on a little of my “blogging history”. I’m on my second blog. The first one was way too personal, shared a bunch of stuff, and I posted daily (65 posts in a little over 60 days). It seemed like the words and emotions just kind of gushed out of me. Although it may have been fascinating to stumble across, it would have been fascinating in a looky-loo kind of way. Like stumbling on the scene of an accident, with death and destruction everywhere. Not at all like finding someone’s diary. Then one day the emotion and the words dried up (thankfully) and I decided to make it a private blog, followed shortly by a deleted blog. Do I wish I had the courage to leave it up there, to continue sharing my inner self… heck no! It served it’s purpose, it let me vent daily, let me stop talking about this stuff to everyone all day, but it didn’t really show the real me. It just showed the emotionally out of control me after a bad breakup. Not a pretty sight!

    The current blog as a much better theme… and I have a ton of drafts started, but love the days when I sit down, punch out something that just came to mind, and hit the post button. It’s great to let the creative juices have free reign!

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    1. Thanks for all your comments, Eric. I think everyone has their own reasons for having a blog, even if they’re not sure what it is. I do think blogs evolve through writing and interaction with other people. In your case, it sounds like your first blog served a purpose for venting and getting out your emotions. You say it may have been like “death and destruction,” but it very well could have been a deeper connection for someone else. We may not always know how our writing affects other people. I was going through a hard time once and vented to everyone verbally. After awhile, I got tired of hearing myself talk. It sounds like you had that experience in blog form. Having a new blog is a like a fresh start. Good for you!! I think our blogs are definitely a reflection of where we are in our life. It seems like you are in a great place!

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      1. Yes, I suppose it may have been of value to someone, but I couldn’t keep sharing it (if it had been completely anonymous maybe…). Definitely “tired of it all”, and no longer felt a lot of what I had written, and didn’t want people who know me to read some of the ups and downs my mind/emotions went through. Recommend anyone with a similar motivation to write keeps it anonymous from the beginning. It will be painful to read later, not in a “I remember that feeling and it is painful” kind of way, but in a “wow I can’t believe I got that messed up and wrote that” kind of way. Anyway, the fresh start was a good thing, and the new blog is a part of my current “great place”.

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      2. Yes, I suppose it may have been of value to someone, but I couldn’t keep sharing it (if it had been completely anonymous maybe…). Definitely “tired of it all”, and no longer felt a lot of what I had written, and didn’t want people I know to read some of the ups and downs my mind/emotions went through. Recommend anyone with a similar motivation to write keeps it anonymous from the beginning. It will be painful to read later, not in a “I remember that feeling and it is painful” kind of way, but in a “wow I can’t believe I got that messed up and wrote that” kind of way. Anyway, the fresh start was a good thing, and the new blog is a part of my current “great place”.

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  10. I definitely think of several people that I have got to know through blogging as friends. It’s easier if they aren’t anonymous, but even when they are, the personality comes through, it just feels like it takes a bit longer to get to know them. I share quite a lot of bits of my life on my blog, but they tend to just be the more surfacy things, I haven’t spoken about deeply personal or difficult things, but that doesn’t mean I never would.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa. I feel very similar to what you describe and see it echoed in my comments. Even when someone is anonymous, you can hear their voice in their writing. I think even if you go into blogging thinking you’ll be anonymous, slowly but surely, you may start revealing yourself. I tend to write the daily things going on in my life, plus a few stories that may delve a little deeper, but usually not so much. But, it is always an option for us if we choose to write about more emotional topics. The blog is there for us.

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    1. Well, now David, that’s an excellent question. Obviously, we want to share or we wouldn’t be here, we would journal or something. I don’t think I’m ever sure either…sometimes I think we just need to take a chance! Probably the more we trust our audience, the easier that is to do.

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  11. I started out anonymous but then I got tired of people that I have been really connecting with calling me by unfettered.. seems fake. So my name squeaked out and connections are made. I love posts that give us a sliver into the blogger.. even if it is a controlled silver. all life is interesting and our friendships make it that much sweeter

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    1. Thanks, Audra. I had a similar experience with being called Bumble. Pretty soon, people started calling me Amy, and I think, of course, that is my name after all! I think it’s true it is the writing that is the focus, but it is only the beginning of making connections with other people, which can blossom into friendships. The slivers are an extra added bonus.

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  12. You somehow put down what rolls around in my head. Your random thoughts do make sense. I try to write a certain kind of post but the end result is always something personal. I look at what I’ve done and I see an kind of evolution. I get a little closer to knowing who I am and why I’m that way.
    Deep thoughts…

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    1. Red, that’s exactly what I feel about my writing and my blog, too. Your thoughts also make perfect sense to me. You may start with an idea about what you want to say, but in the actual process of putting it down on paper, it becomes personal. Of course,that’s what makes it all the more interesting, right? I read those personal, honest posts and I always enjoy them because I’m engaged on a more emotional level. I think, now that you mention it, that is one of my hopes that I can affect people on an emotional level. Thanks for your nice comments.

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  13. Great post … so thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Bloggers have different styles, thus it is important to have the one that is not only you, but one that you are comfortable with. I keep thinking of the wise person who said, “Don’t try to be something that you aren’t.”

    Sometimes I ponder this dilemma. Many of us write for ourselves, but we post for others. That’s a contradiction of sorts, but still important. Bottom line, be yourself while still being one that readers enjoy. Surely not every reader … but your normal audience. Meanwhile, now I’m wondering if I’m making any sense.

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    1. Yes, you make perfect sense, Frank. I don’t think you can write from the heart if you’re not being true to yourself. I think the dilemma you describe is accurate. Is there a line between writing for yourself and for your audience? I mean you don’t want to frighten them with too much honesty, right? But, you also want to express what’s on your mind. I think if you know your audience that can only be helpful, knowing you can’t please everyone all the time. Who can? Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

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      1. I started as a the odd combination of politics and sports blog. As I ventured out into other topics, I gained some readers, lost others .. sports eventually faded away – and that isn’t a great interest to my current audience … kind of a catch-22. Just sharing an experience – after all, I have a lot of posts.

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      2. When I started this blog, I thought I would write more fiction. You might try the fiction some time. You never know what you might create. You might have a story that is aching to come out.

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  14. I guess I see my blog as a place to publish and share my own creativity and feelings. Sometimes it’s a poem or photograph. Sometimes it’s a quote that inspires me. Sometimes it’s an essay about what I’m thinking or feeling in the moment. While I wouldn’t say that I typically write my innermost feelings, I do share what’s coming up for me at the time. And writing anonymously so I could rant or piss people off? That feels like a blogging version of road rage to me…

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    1. You’re right, that would be awful if someone blatantly wrote just to make people mad. I don’t really ever see that on WordPress, not ever actually. If people write anonymously, it’s for other reasons than to piss people off. That was just something that came out in my whimsical writing. Sometimes, I certainly do edit myself if I think something I said would be misunderstood. But, I always try to keep in mind that writing is about communicating,and sometimes things that people write do make people uncomfortable or mad. I also think blogging is a creative outlet! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Cathy.

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  15. I think about this sort of thing all the time, B.F… (which probably sounds silly, since I don’t actually ‘write’… but… you know).
    With me it’s… have I done too much of this sort of thing, is this too ‘simple’… too muddy… is this subject matter going to be ‘too much’ (which is particularly strange, because when I was in school I was all about getting a ‘reaction’ from people… of course it was a captive audience). I guess it doesn’t mean I / we can’t work on stuff we don’t post… but it seems like all that ‘thinking about’ what we plan to share has to affect the kind of things we create… on some level.
    Fascinating, B.F!
    πŸ™‚

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    1. No, SIG, is doesn’t sound silly at all for you to think about this stuff. What you do is create and you put yourself into that, so it is a reflection of who you are, words or not! I think of how that translates into something like dance, which I used to do a lot of. That’s also about expressing and communicating something. It was always the most meaningful when it came from an emotional place. Interesting what you said about school…hmm..I wonder how that differs since your captive audience was in your presence. Something else we can think about. I guess I could talk about this all day somehow. I agree that we have our audience in mind when we create something. It’s hard not to, isn’t it? Thanks for your thoughtful comments, SIG! πŸ™‚

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  16. This is Bumba talking. The Stephen Baum fellow thinks he operates me, kind of like a ventriloquist. Let him think what he likes. I told him, or somebody inside of him told him, that it’s poor practice to tell about himself personally on this blog. I think I’m right about that for him. He’s a private sort of fellow, doesn’t like hanging his laundry out in public. I think he’s right to keep his own life to himself. No sense creating unnecessary head trips. I think when he sings he reveals himself. And, even when he lets me do all the talking, even when he writes novels, stories, and fiction, it’s me, Bumba, …er …er it’s him, er I mean…. Who the heck knows who’s talking?

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    1. I love this comment, Stephen, from Bumba! Thank you, Bumba. Oh, it’s nice to hear from him personally. I think you raise a point here, in that there is this duality, this who is talking, and who are you talking to/for? What the heck am I saying anyway? I guess that’s why I appreciate fiction, because your characters can do all the talking, and they talk all by themselves, right? The blog could be a place to air dirty laundry, although I wouldn’t want to do that either. I think most people draw a line for themselves in how much they want to reveal, what areas are off limits. Good point.

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      1. Ever read Carlos Castaneda? Wonderful stuff, and great writing. Anyway, Don Juan very clearly instructs Carlos about “erasing personal history”.
        Ok, that’s for sorcerers. But it’s good advice for all of us.
        Warmest regards from both me and Bumbas.

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  17. I happen to love your blog, Amy. I do a mix of personal and not-personal, the personal stuff is often difficult but I’ll write about it when I think it will help someone else know that they aren’t the only one who feels a certain way—because it always helps me when I read about someone who feels the way I do. I also don’t plan out my posts much, because it never comes out as well as when I just write on a whim. So whim away!

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    1. Thanks, Weebs! I love your blog, too. I’ve found so much comfort in your words and comments. I think my best posts are the ones I think the least about, probably because they’re the most honest. I always appreciate your posts where you stick up for yourself and others. I love your ‘Fuck you” posts. They’re the best. Sometimes things just need to be said, and you say them very well. It’s spiritual when you say them, Weebs.

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  18. “…what you say matters to me. Hopefully, what I say matters to you. And, it is, indeed, personal.” I have gotten so much out of my blogging experience, none of which I anticipated when I started it. I really had no idea what it would become, just that I wanted to use it to make money. I have not made one cent, but I feel like it has been successful.

    I love your words so keep doing what you do.

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    1. Thank you, Jen! Likewise! Sometimes money pales in comparison, doesn’t it? I think if money were my motivation, my blog might become an obligation and then it would turn into something else altogether. If it meant losing all my connections to my blogging friends, I wouldn’t want to make money at it.

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  19. Amy, I think your thought process is pretty typical. I relate to starting out with one idea and ending up with something entirely different.
    I’ve exposed quite a bit lately and I feel like real bonding and intimacy took place on that deeper level. If we all just wrote superficially I think we’d pack it in. No, something beckons us to be a little more vulnerable each time and I think it does us a world of good. I honestly felt lifted up emotionally from comments, love, support, prayers, thoughts, etc. It was amazing and confirmed to me that this community is one where we can allow ourselves to be open. It’s a two way street in the old blogosphere – writing my experience may have helped someone else. You never know…?
    Great post… I think we all have the occasional need to write about blogging. Isn’t that funny?
    Lisa

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    1. Lisa, I do think it’s funny people want to read and talk about blogging. I always do! I don’t know why. We all have this is common, I guess. I’m proud of you for sharing your story and putting your vulnerable self out there. I’m so happy for you that people supported you. Sometimes, I ask myself, are people really this nice and thoughtful? Then I think, yes, they truly are. If there is anyplace to open up, it’s here, especially if you’ve made those deeper connections with people. Thanks for reading and for your thoughtful comments.

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  20. I think that is the best part of blogs. You can share your deepest stuff and no one really knows who you are and won’t/can’t call you out in real life. We know the persona that is portrayed and we like when that persona gives us deep personal info because we feel close to that persona without having to share our own deep secrets.
    Did that make any sense?
    Wonderful post.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s true you don’t really have to reveal who you are. However, in revealing your deep secrets and in making strong connections with people, the persona may be revealed. Which isn’t a bad thing. I guess it’s just a matter of preference. Plus, I think people achieve a certain comfort level with their audience and then may want to share more personal stories, etc. Yes, it makes sense! Thanks, Mari.

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  21. I personally try to guard myself -you never know who might run into you online- yet I have found that some posts cry for the deep stuff. I’ve confirmed my dreams in my posts, even when I’ve refused them out loud. Also, becoming more comfortable -as you said- with my followers makes the secrets a little easier to tell.
    It’s really easy to reveal in comments to others, almost like the original poster shared their depths and now its easier for the commentor to share in response.

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    1. Well said, Mari. People may be more likely to comment when they feel someone really put him/herself out there. It’s hard to ignore. It almost doesn’t feel right to simply not comment. But, I always respect people may not want to for whatever reason.

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  22. n my own experience, I’ve found that that connection is the most important thing,
    And it’s also the best thing. There are several bloggers I’ve corresponded with offline, and a few I’ve met, and in each of those cases, it’s been even better than I thought it would…

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    1. That’s cool, Guapo. That would be sad if a person was a disappointment, huh? I’m glad that worked out! It’s not surprising to me that words and ideas would bring people together. I think a strong mental connection makes for the most meaningful relationships.

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  23. Hey Amy, I’ve been meaning to visit your site for quite a while and I apologize that it’s taken me so long to do so for I do appreciate all the ‘likes’ you’ve generously bestowed on mine. The social networking aspect of the blogosphere is something I’ve been slower to embrace than most bloggers probably because my fulltime day job and real world social life consume so much energy it’s difficult for me to keep up with the bloogosphere. That said, I have made some genuine friends off my site and have met some fellow bloggers in real life; most who have seemed to quit blogging. Hm, meet me and prepare to quit? … I was also frankly surprised that so many bloggers reached out to me privately in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a disaster that happened while I was on hiatus from my site. Excuse the Barbra Streisand inspired paraphrasing but apparently people really do care about people they don’t personally know based on reading their sites. I think this is a reflection of the basic human need to connect. As for getting too up close and personal on my site, I don’t for I value my privacy and prefer to spill only so much of my guts. My goal is primarily to entertain using NYC as my partner. Hopefully, on some level, I amuse. I will reveal that while writing this comment I was fully clad.

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    1. Thanks for the visit and your thoughtful comments. I agree it takes time to blog and connect with people, and I suppose I would not do it if it didn’t feel meaningful on any kind of level. I’m always amazed how emotional the connection can be. I’m not surprised people reached out to you after Sandy. People here are kind-hearted and good people. After I wrote this, I wasn’t sure exactly what I was trying to say. But one thing people seem to have in common is the importance of connecting, and that the more you reach you out, probably the more people will give. Sorry, your blogging friends quit after they met you. But, maybe the real life connection is the ultimate reward, and they didn’t feel the need to blog after meeting you!

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  24. Well, I have two blogs. One here and one elsewhere. This one was started to keep friends and family updated on my health and life. However, as my health gets better, it has spread out to strangers and is also covering quite a few other topics. Most of my freinds/family don’t seem to be even reading this blog, I don’t think. However, I have advertised it on my FB Page. So, while things are true. Serious, topics are not discussed here. My other blog which is kept elsewhere is for serious issues. I have made a small connection there of people I can vent to and discuss things with. I like to think of them as my secret friends. .

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