I do indeed, bunnies.
Totally! Completely and without a doubt, this is what I think.
And I’m not even being sarcastic or derisive or anything like that- I’m not even being facetious- I really mean it! It is something that has occurred to me over and over again since I started blogging, and lately it’s been on my mind again.
As much flak as bloggers get for being wannabe journalists and biased and seemingly scheming, conniving types because we’re allowed to do what we do anonymously- we all keep doing it!
We all blog for different reasons, but we keep hammering away at our keyboards. We keep reading our favourites, commenting on them, commenting on comments, laughing with and at each other, getting incensed over some things, crying over others, wanting to reach out and hug our regular reads when they’re having a hard time… we build very genuine and surprisingly intense relationships with each other because we share so much of our lives with each other on line.
Yes I suppose there are a few bloggers out there who pretend to be completely different online to how they really are- and to be honest- I think that’s part of what blogging is for, getting to know yourself!
But the few bloggers I have met outside of blogland are the same people as they are on my screen, and I think it’s awesome*!
So why do I think the rest of the world should endeavour to be like we are in blogland?
Because I cannot truly think of anywhere else that people of such diverse personalities, cultures, upbringings and languages can get on so well with each other! Feel so deeply for each other!
And what brings it home to me even more, is that many of the bloggers I read blog anonymously- I post pictures of me and Damien but I don’t use our surname, tell exactly where I live or what school Damien goes to or use my friends and family’s names. But many of my favourite reads use aliases and never post pictures of themselves. Yet as a blogger you can build a relationship with someone, a genuine friendship, based purely on their personality and how their brain works!
Then when you find out something new about them- something that in society may be something that causes a storm in a teacup- it’s totally inconsequential! It’s just another aspect to the relationship you already have!
Like learning that someone you read almost daily has sexual preferences different to yours…
Perhaps they live in a country you’ve always been told is anti-whatever and you should dislike the locals intensely…
Or maybe they’re a different colour to you…
Maybe it’s that they speak a different language to you…
Anorexic… bulimic… alcoholic… pierced… SAHM…overweight… junkie… unwed mother… slut… stripper… soldier… working mom… tattooed…
More often than not it makes no difference because you already know and like the blogger through their writing! And very often, finding out that little bit extra simply explains a few things you wondered about whilst stalking their archives!!!
Blogland… spread the love and the word! Let’s take over the world!!!
*current favourite word used at every opportunity