Blog Friends

My grandfather recently asked me to try and explain what a blog is and why people would do it. He wanted to know what people get out it and how long I thought that I would do it for. Who reads a blog, he asked and what do they get out of it.

I told him that if he was interested I’d help him start his own blog. At 94 he’d be one of the oldest bloggers. It’d be a nice gimmick, maybe even land him a book deal and make him rich. He laughed and told me that he wasn’t going to do anything to improve my inheritance beyond the $8.73 he had already bequeathed to me. And then he said that I needed to answer the questions he asked.

So I rattled off a few stock answers and decided to create a short blog post about this. My apologies if some of this is redundant, I’ll try to provide new material.

I blog for myself. It is an outlet for my thoughts and feelings. It is a place where I record some funny experiences/stories about my children. If it paved the way for a book deal I’d be grateful. It is not why I blog, but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t interested.

But here is one of the best things that blogging has done for me. I have made a number of new friends. My blog friends are as important to me as my “real world” friends. In fact, the reality is that there are things that my blog friends know about my that my “real world” friends do not.

It may be a little different than a traditional friendship. We may not have had the chance to meet in person. We may not have shared a meal or gone to school together, but we have shared experiences.

We have traveled down a rocky road, climbed hills and walked into the valley. We have seen the good and the bad. You have been there in the tough times as well as the good and I am grateful to call you my friend.

Thank you for this, it means more than I can properly convey.

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10 Comments

  1. Shelli January 11, 2008 at 3:39 am

    ayup.

    What you said.

    I have met some of my blogroll in real life, and I adore them.

    ’nuff said.

  2. Jack's Shack January 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

    FP,

    Thanks.

    Richmond,

    You can never have too many friends.

    Joanne,

    I am.

    Debbie,

    Me too.

    Orie,

    Well said.

    CM,

    It could happen.

  3. cruisin-mom January 9, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    well said Jack…waiting to read grandpa’s blog!

  4. Anonymous January 9, 2008 at 5:47 am

    I have been reading your blog for a while now. I think that you dated a friend of mine. Do you have an email address?

    -Kathy

  5. Anonymous January 9, 2008 at 3:49 am

    I think that I know you. Did you go to college in LA.

    -Kathy

  6. orieyenta January 9, 2008 at 2:59 am

    Nice post…years ago who would’ve even thought that we would have been able to “meet” people and form such wonderful friendships through the computer right from the privacy of our very own homes. It’s a very strange thing indeed – but like you, I am very greatful for each and every friend I have made here…especially you! 🙂

  7. Debbie January 9, 2008 at 2:14 am

    I agree. I have made so many wonderful friends. No way to discount the value in that.

    Glad you count you in that fine group of people.

    Debbie Hamilton
    Right Truth

  8. joanne January 9, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Hey, thanks for visiting my blog. I didn’t actually think anyone else was reading it!

  9. Richmond January 8, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Oh yes – blogging is a rich multilayered experience. And the friendships *are* the best part.

  10. FlutePrayer January 8, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Well said! I feel the same way.

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