While some may think that I blog to make everyone jealous with my stories of riding elephants through the tourist-jungle of Thailand – really, that’s not it.
My title is “Walk With Me.” When I first started blogging, back in the days of the Bartending Seminarian, it was a way for me to connect with people that I was fond of, but otherwise had not had much or regular contact with since college. I enjoyed the updates, pictures and silly discussions on pirates vs. ninjas. Over the years (can you believe we have been blogging for years!?!) over blogs have each evolved and become a little deeper, a little more introspective. There have been really great discussions – sometimes I felt like I was sitting in McAlister’s, or Panacea, listening to the sarcasm and wit of dear friends.
As of late, I’ve noticed a trend – well, I think its safe to say we’ve all noticed a trend, that when we post the things that are painful to write, or are deeper than a weather-update, the comments seem to be lacking. I don’t know that I can speak for everyone, but when I post the harder stuff, the deeper stuff, the things that make me think – I’m doing so because I want to share my thoughts, and because I want your input as well. There are things that I write, and things that I post. When I post its because I am wanting to draw my friends into conversation.
I also want it to be said that updates, pictures, silly surveys (see post below), and such like of the which are fun and great and have a place here too. Because honestly, we’re fun people – so why shouldn’t we share our fun sides on the blogs as well? But, I miss the discussions that used to take place here. While I didn’t participate in the politics discussion because that’s a topic I usually steer away from, it was good to see people out and talking (umm, commenting) again. I don’t have to be reminded that we have crazy busy lives with a collective 4 babies on the way, three degrees in the making, and a wedding. And then we have jobs. We lead busy lives. But. The people that I have on my sidebar – the blogs that I check faithfully – are people that I genuinely care about and am interested in what is happening in your life. So, know that I am always reading, even if I don’t always comment. And I am going to try to get better. And I hope you will too. I’m not just saying here at Walk With Me – but in our community of blogs.
There has also been the comment that sometimes there are no comments because we feel intimidated on certain subjects, or feel like we don’t have a place to say anything. Or that some things are just too personal and they are conversations to be had in person. Well, yes, that may be true (about conversations being personal – I’m pretty sure none of us have a valid reason to feel intimidated – you all are pretty stinkin’ smart!). I am guilty of feeling intimidated. There are times that I feel like I having nothing to contribute, because my knowledge on the subject is lacking. But, I learn from you guys. And conversations over coffee are a luxury. And maybe blogs aren’t the place for that, but if not, then where? Just because I don’t get to see you all very often, doesn’t mean I want to miss out on communicating with you.
So that’s my rant for today. Not applicable to all, I know. Just know that if you are on my sidebar, its because I value what you have to say. So I hope that next time someone in our community posts something thoughtful, we, particularly I, can take the time to let them know we appreciate their thoughts.
Also, blog and blogging are not recognized by the blog-spellcheck. Odd.