Why I’ll never quit blogging.

It takes a village…

not just to raise a child, but to exist…

to thrive as a human being.

Our techno-lifestyles have reduced our daily physical connections with others.  I never have to see an actual teller at a bank, and half the time I deal with voice automation on the telephone.  More and more of us live long distances from our parents and grandparents.  The majority of the people I know would send an email before entertaining the idea of making a phone call.

But we have a deep, primal need to connect.  Through the Internet and social media we are building our own cyber villages.  We share photos of our lives, we share the music that touches us, and we make each other laugh with our stupid jokes.

Sure, there are the sparse wackadoodles who are not who they say they are online, but I think most of us are just trying to connect… whether we admit it or not.  Almost all of us are using something as inhuman as a computer… to feed our humanity.

For me it’s blogging.

Personal blogs are becoming everyday reads for a large part of the population.  They’re not news articles, they’re not magazines… they’re personal – they have heart.  A journalist can give you the details, a blogger can make you cry… or pee your pants.

I am brave behind the keyboard.  I’ve shared with you a miscarriage, depression, and an early lesson in compassion.  And we’ve laughed together so hard… about idiot phone companies, scarring my kid at the OB’s office, and really bad bowel movements.

A blogger strokes the keyboard, reaches through the computer screen, and taps you on the shoulder.  A personal blogger writes to make you feel, to make you laugh, to make you think.  A blogger (a good one) feeds your humanity.  And the best part of it all, the absolute best, is that you also feed mine.  It may actually be a tipped scale in my favor.

When I’m honest in my writing, it makes me feel human.  But when you, the readers respond… it makes me live.

The comments, the emails, the tweets from the other side of the globe… it’s a testament to the power of human connection.  You people are my proof that at the core, we are all so much more alike than we think.

Whether you read or you write, blogs are the cyber campfire.  The stories, the laughter, the debates, the bearing witness… it connects us across vast distances.

You are my village…

and I thank you.

I am amazed that I’ve reached so many of you.

I never expected so many of you would reach me.

Keep the embers of the cyber campfire burning…

because I don’t think I’ll ever quit.

 

PS- This is from my About page:

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Pain shared is pain lessened.

Laughter shared is laughter multiplied.

Blog or perish.

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My boys.

 

 

Discussion

  1. I love being part of your village.

    You better not quit blogging, because I love reading your words.

    xo
    Your friend from the other wide of the world.
    Alison@Mama Wants This recently posted..Freaky

  2. Quite possibly one of the best sets of words I have ever read.

    Blog friends, the blogging world, community, we are real.

    You put that in front of me this morning and it is a reminder I needed today. Thank you for sharing. Love it.
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  3. You have perfectly captured every single aspect that I love about blogging in a thoughtful, concise, and very well-written post. All I can do is nod and say, “Yes.”
    Kristin @ What She Said recently posted..Kids Say the Darndest Things

  4. I totally agree with you! I only recently started blogging and wrote something related the other day http://babyattachmode.blogspot.com/2012/03/on-role-models.html
    InBabyAttachMode recently posted..On role models

  5. cyber campfire – how perfect is that??

    just about as perfect as you, woman. In my eyes anyway.
    MommaKiss recently posted..Balls

  6. Lovely post and so true,,,as a grandmother I feel much the same as you do and hopefully will never stop blogging either!

  7. YES. THIS. ABSOLUTELY.

    (i am so happy to be a part of your village.)

    i love this post so damn much.
    nic @mybottlesup recently posted..on height (sort of but not really)

  8. You are a big part of my village. Thank you for always knowing the right thing to say to make my day brighter…even if it is about sticks up people’s asses! You are amazing and the blogosphere would be a cold, empty place without the heart and soul you provide it on a regular basis.
    Truthful Mommy recently posted..Throat Punch Thursday~ Am I Ugly Edition

  9. This touched my heart and spoke to me.

    I love blogging. :-)
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  10. love love love this. I may not blog regularly, or even well – but I do enjoy it, and I love the sense of community it gives me – even if 99% of my readers are people I’ve never (and may never) met/meet in person. thank you for blogging :)
    Rusti recently posted..blessed, and thankful

  11. The building of community is by far the best part of blogging for me. I looks like your village wants you to keep doing what you are doing. :) Glad that you are.
    Kristi recently posted..A giveaway for those that kick ass

  12. This is stunning.

    *You* are stunning.

    (Thank you so much for your words and your trust.)
    Galit Breen recently posted..Write for the Fight!

  13. This is exactly why I blog!!

    Happy to have a seat at your campfire. *passes marshmallow*
    Tracie recently posted..My Oreo Cookies Are Yellow

  14. LOVE THIS/LOVE YOU.

    Brilliance.
    Jen recently posted..When Parents Are Cute.

  15. From our first few seconds together, when I followed you home from a post elsewhere, we have been in this life gig together.

    And we always will be.

    xo
    Alexandra/The Empress recently posted..So, I’m Going To Be Okay

  16. ‘Blogs are the cyber campfire’ – oh yes – so perfectly said. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul. This was amazingly written.
    January recently posted..Hand In Hand, Brothers Unite

  17. I do adore my cyber friends… so much.

    I smiled through this entire post. :)
    Elaine recently posted..Not a lot

  18. I am, as always, in awe of both what you choose to share and how beautifully you articulate it. So glad I sat across a table from you last August at dinner. That was a lucky evening for me.

  19. So well said! That is exactly why I blog. I was a stay-at-home mom who needed to know she was not alone and blogging is the great answer to that. I, too, have shared triumphs, tragedies, and the mundane ridiculousness of my life.

    :-)
    Traci
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  20. Absolutely fantastic, and I couldn’t agree more. Blogging is about the only way I can be social. I have social anxiety that makes it difficult for me to interact with people in person. But somehow that all goes away in the blogosphere and I can be brave and honest and silly, and read all sorts of other brave, honest, and silly bloggers who help me feel that I’m not actually a hermit.

    Hooray for us!
    Venus recently posted..Celebrating Life

  21. I’m absolutely crazy about this post. You captured exactly how I feel about my own blog and everyone who visits, comments, tweets, etc. So glad I found your blog, love your writing and the picture is so sweet of your little family :) It does take a village, we need to connect, writing is my way as well.
    Anna recently posted..My Crazy, Scary Friday Wrap Up!

  22. Hi Doll,
    You are so right about cyberspace being the campfire of the new age…
    And yes… I’d rather email than phone or answer it for that matter and that is why caller id was invented

    This is my first visit so… I’ll come back.
    I followed the the link from your blog
    I enjoyed reading you…
    Carla K. recently posted..Purchasing the Correct Skincare Products for Your Skin

  23. I’ve never heard it expressed any better. Blogs, Twitter, Facebook…they all supply something essential that’s missing in our modern lives.
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  24. Yes, yes, yes! Beautifully articulated. What can I add, when you stated it all so perfectly?
    Unknown Mami recently posted..Fragmented Fridays

  25. Someone recommended this post this week and I’m SO glad I clicked over. I’ve been a very, very, bad girl not getting around to my google reader these last couple of weeks so I would have otherwise missed this brilliance.

    Thanks for sharing such a really moving post, my friend.
    Missy | Literal Mom recently posted..How to Earn Your Own iPad – Get a Fairy Hobmother

  26. This is my blog style Facebook thumbs up ^.
    Great post!
    Alexandria recently posted..The Three Duties of a Wife

  27. Well said…it’s my free therapy!
    Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 recently posted..Makes My Monday

  28. That was so beautifully well said. I have thought before of quitting because of wanting more connection than I was getting. But I can’t. Just simply writing. Recording those otherwise forgotten memories is wonderful in itself.
    Marta recently posted..Wash Wash Wash

  29. Love this!

    And why I blog, too!
    Shell recently posted..Crafts for the Uncrafty Mom: Leprechaun Trap

  30. I felt it. But you said it. Thank you!
    Holly Botner recently posted..Jicama Cabbage Carrot Coleslaw with Anise Dressing

  31. Love this post! I was nodding the entire time I was reading. So well written and truthful. You get me and you don’t even know me. That’s odd but awesome :-)
    Jasmine recently posted..Scary Thought

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