I’ve already mentioned the reasons why blogging has helped me grow personally, but there are other reasons I love the blogosphere and am so glad I’ve joined it. And those reasons are: my fellow bloggers.
Fellow bloggers, one, know how difficult it is to come up with something witty, sharp, beautiful, transcendent, funny, raw, and real to say all the time. They know what it’s like to put yourself on the line and face potential criticism. And sometimes they know what it’s like to face actual criticism: sometimes on track, but often from people quicker to judge than understand and who find it all too easy to leave a thoughtless comment. And through it all these fellow bloggers are such a lovely, supportive community – at least the ones I’ve come across.
Moreover, they are so inspiring as people. Through blogs, I get a little window into other people’s lives, and I find it so wonderfully inspiring to see people not only put themselves out there, but also to display such creativity and verve and energy – all at a grassroots level. It’s through blogs that I discovered the wonder that is Etsy, the humor that is Badass Geek, The Bloggess, and Stephanie Klein; the artistry that is Kidnapped by Suburbia, An Apple A Day, and Cafe Cartolina; the food of Our Best Bites or Pioneer Woman; or the love that is I Should Be Folding Laundry and School Teacher By Day Superhero By Night. That’s not even a pinky full. That’s just the atom at the furthest tip of the iceberg of the wellspring of talent that is out there.
But just knowing that all these people are out there, caring for their communities (however that word might be circumscribed), collaborating on parenthood and raising the next generation, and getting out there and making their own unique imprint on the world, fills me with such joy and such pride for my fellow human beings. It gives me such hope to know that individual talent has not died; it does not belong only to the superstars that television haphazardly decides to elevate; it is not all mass-produced into oblivion; and you don’t have to go to a museum to find it. It’s all at your fingertips, and won’t you try it too?
Finally, it is comforting to know that we can reach across cities, across states…across continents, and find people going through the same trials and tribulations as we are, and that, for all our unique traits, voices, approaches, expressions, and peccadilloes, at least when it comes to the things that matter the most…we’re all not so very different, are we?