Are blogosphere relationships anything more than “ships that pass in the night”?
If two ships passed each other unseen on a dark night in the middle of an ocean, they would know the other ship’s name; what course it was on; where it was headed, and probably its purpose. Are bloggers any different in that they only know some basic information about each other?
It has recently crossed my mind just how much I look forward to your Comments for, not only do they prove that a Post had some value, but it also brought us a little closer (figuratively speaking).
There are many times when a Comment includes a little bit of information about you. You may be really relating to my circumstances; perhaps you experienced similar events only the other week, or perhaps you learned something that was totally new to you. All those Comments help me to build a “picture” of you, just as my Posts are offering pieces of information as to who I am!
I just recently learned of a revelation a Follower had a number of years ago. I am also aware of traumatic events in a number of Followers’ histories. Some of you have gone beyond posting Comments, and have occasionally emailed me with whatever was on your mind at that time.
Some of you go back to this Blog’s early days in 2014 and it is much like hearing from “old friends” when you Comment. Just recently, and for reasons unknown to me, by base of Followers suddenly increased. This is exciting because once they get comfortable with the “culture” here, I shall look forward to reading their Comments and getting to know them a little better.
It is quite possible that I shall never meet any of you “face to face”, but that has no reason to stop us appreciating mutual dialogues and learning from, and about, each other.
Are we nothing more than “ships that pass in the night”? Sometimes perhaps, but in many cases I would have to say no. For those of you who knowingly, or unknowingly, are sharing more than a name, a course, a heading and a purpose…. thank you. It is a real pleasure getting to know you, and the fact that you are scattered around the world and represent different cultures really is the icing on the cake”!
Food for thought.