Once upon a time, in a land called Yahoo! 360°, I had a blog. I don’t know that it was a particularly good blog, or interesting blog, or well-written blog. But I blogged my anonymous little heart out, and some wonderful things happened…
First: people read my blog. Who woulda thunk? And nicer still, more than 10000 hits later (yeah, I was there for a while), not one felt the need to post back anything along the lines of “Wow, you stink at this.” (In fairness, they might have occasionally thought it, but not so strongly that they felt the need to point it out.)
Plus in the process, I discovered kindred spirits. In some cases, new friends. To name just a few…
I “met” the Divine Ms Em when her blog was Featured (the 360 equivalent of being Freshly Pressed). She is − among other wonderful things − a traveler at heart. She has a wonderful independent spirit and loves new places and new adventures. We have yet to meet in person, but I always think that if we ever traveled together (humbug to the single-surcharge!) we would have a great time.
On 360 I also discovered the poetic artistry of Mei Xiu. Miss May, as I call her today, shares with me a love of words and books that crossed oceans. I doubt I will ever touch her poetic gift, but she encourages me nonetheless. She’s also something of a shutterbug at times. Though we only know each other in these small ways, I count her a dear friend… even if we haven’t quite managed to be on the same continent. Yet.
And now here I am — having moved my blog to WordPress, still trying to rediscover my voice in this new world. There are endless interesting, fascinating, thought-provoking blogs here; my subscription list grows by leaps and bounds. And along the way, among others, I have discovered Girl on the Contrary. I so enjoy her humor and wit. It turns out that we share a near-debilitating flirtation impairment, an aversion to men-in-the-ladies-room, and (as I learned today) a love of the Chronicles of Narnia that prompts both of us to re-read them annually. Plus, given unlimited resources, we would both opt to travel the world and write about it.
Actually, I strongly suspect Em would agree as well. Possibly May too. Hmm….
Across the interwebs there are an endless number of writers with whom I feel some kinship, some connection. We are different — oh the beauty of a diverse universe — and yet we are alike. I’ll discover another kindred spirit tomorrow, I’m sure.
I can hardly wait!