Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day Seventy - Five or Community

On Blog-Ignoramus (a blog I absolutely love), Mama-Face has a Scott Adams quote about people blogging because they want to feel that they have accomplished something, they have completed a task. I am sure that there is truth to that. But for me, and I expect for many, there is a desire to reach out, to feel less alone, and in truth, to have people share with me.

It can be lonely at times -- whether one is a SAHM, or not -- our lives seem to get more and more insulated. I don't know a single neighbor. I have two friends in this new city (AW and FW -- I love you guys!) and my friends back home were spread so far and wide, we had to make special plans to see each other. I had left my artistic "neighborhoods" on two different coasts. Two coasts of which I now lived smack down in the middle. I started this project, truly thinking no one would ever read it but I realize now that I really wanted people to read -- I wanted a community. Some place to revel in shared experiences, enjoy when people agreed, and be challenged when they didn't.

It's odd to have found that in a cyber-world but I really feel that I have. I see some of you (via comments and profile pics) more than I see family. I look forward to the same names popping up the way I used to look through my mail for actual letters. I smile when I see a new name like I'm in third grade and you put a Strawberry Shortcake Valentine in my basket.

So thanks for stopping by. I love that I can rant and you chime in and I love that I can have a China Syndrome quality Mommy-meltdown and you tell me I don't suck. Most of all, I love that I can share ridiculously silly things that I normally make efforts to hide and you laugh with me not at me.

You may not live on my street, in my state, or even my country, but you are my community. That's something. In the scheme of things, that's really something.

8 comments:

Frau said...

I feel the same way. It's funny when I talk about my day to my Husband or Daughter sometimes they look at me like I'm crazy. I'm all my blog friend so and so was so funny today or my blog friend blah blah it was so sad...yada, yada, yada....you get my point. Have a wonderful day!

Tammy Howard said...

Couldn't have said it better myself - and I've tried once or twice. It really has filled a hole.

mama-face said...

I totally agree. I was even going to expand upon that quote myself. I think while he makes a good point about the fact that there is so much satisfaction in the writing itself, he doesn't understand the personal connections we make through blogging. I have a lonely existence in my neighborhood, for whatever reason I just don't fit the mold, (and I don't want to), and blogging has been a lifeline for me. I'd like to post your post on my blog!! (I won't though, no worries. :) )

xoxo

Traci said...

Oh! Mama-Face, I love you. You totally can post anything of mine on your blog. You know I love it!!!!

kys said...

I wanted to start a blog for years before I actually did it. I wish I had done this years ago. I had some very sad, lonely years when my kids were small. If I had been blogging then, I am certain life would have been much, much better.

Charisse and Holly said...

I love this community too because it is so positive. Everyone cheering you on. Feels good to get some pats on the back in my day. But, it is difficult to explain to friends that don't blog...why I do! Come on by today. Holly at lifelaughlatte

F said...

Love you right back! Friends are good.. OH, you must check out www.cakewrecks.blogspot.com today... They do a salute to vets. Not the animal doctors but like your husband. I LOVE that blog. It is hysterical. If you can do this prior to your fella going to work, so he can read it, all the better. FUNNY.

Unknown Mami said...

Yup, you said it!