Blogs are many things to many people; they entertain us and inform us in a thousand different ways. They help us share ideas through words, music and photography. Some employ humor to vent life’s many irritations, like having to opt out of things we never opted into in the first place. Others keep us up to date on important things, like celebrity baby bump sightings and the occasional scandal involving pro athletes or politicians.
Wouldn’t want to miss one of those!
There are talented individuals in the blogging realm who possess the ability to create works of art, crafting words and images to show that within our differences there is sameness. Proving that the young and not so young alike can make us laugh, make us think, give us pause with their unique perspective on the human condition. It’s been said that our ability to communicate is what separates us from the animals. I’m not so sure that’s entirely true, I mean, the bumble bee somehow finds out when it’s time to hook up with a sunflower, so somebody’s talkin’ out there in the wild kingdom, but bloggers who harness the power of the internet to build bridges between our islands do connect people from around the globe. No small feat when you consider all of the media out there that manages to alienate half of the world’s population and marginalize the other.
Bloggers are not a lower life form than journalists. Writing for public consumption is more than having a pedigree and a corporate logo to hide behind when you don’t get your facts straight. Amateurs practice until they do it right. Professionals practice until they can’t do it wrong. Not much difference, is there? I would love to have a staff of editors, but bloggers are a forgiving bunch. Misplaced punctuation or an unruly synonym, minor infractions; unlike, oh, I don’t know, total LIES.
So, while we aren’t incorporated or backed by a hedge fund, our blogs contain the stuff of life. Bloggers, actual human bloggers, are skilled at bringing ideas, experience and individuals together to showcase all of the things we have in common, raise the level of public discourse, and more importantly, give voice to those who might not otherwise be heard. I am privileged to be in such good company.
Some days you’re the only ones who makes sense.
32 thoughts on “In Good Company”
I’m on a commentin’ spree here. Can’t help it. When I find the time to sit and read, I just go through your posts that I haven’t read yet and go, “Insightful, funny and wow!” Never a dull moment on your blog which is why I like to give it my undivided attention. Of course, you’re right again. Bloggers really do give a unique contribution to people, which is why I read so many of them. They can turn people into story books and who could ask for more than that?
Go ahead Hala J. comment all you want. That’s what I’m here for. We are story books, aren’t we. Comedies, tragedies, dramas. Everyone has a story to tell. (and seemingly a book to publish) HA!
I love the world I have found here, both the acceptance I find for my own muttering about and being able to read the fabulous writing of others. I am constantly and happily amazed.
Me too Val. I’ve discovered gifted writers, talented photographers, and genuinely kind people through blogging. Who knew?
Good company indeed. I really had no idea of the collective wit and wisdom that I would encounter when I dove into this adventure. I get inspired, provoked, informed and more when I read the amazing things our community puts out there. Thanks so much for the shout out and the sammich!
I know! It’s a world unto itself, isn’t it? Sometimes a towering inferno, sometimes a love fest, sometimes a giggle fest.
You’re welcome Lorri, and you should know, I only take the best bloggers into the hood for a sammich.
That sammich was amazing – I could use one about now.
Bloggers not only entertain, they also give good advice and help their readers and interact with their reader, something that published authors rarely do. In that, they are BETTER than published authors are to the world in that the truly touch people’s lives and impact them and actually find out how they may have made a difference. Bloggers are the best of writers!
Love this entry, so true!
Yes, bloggers are really something. After a life-time in journalism, I’ve never before had the pure satisfaction that I get from blogging.. great that bloggers are becoming mainstream instead of being seen as fringe nutters!!!!
Fringe nutters! Hilarious. There are still plenty of those, but it’s nice to hear that someone who has been a professional journalist recognizes that bloggers make an important contribution and that it gives you satisfaction tells me that it’s something worth doing.
Well said. Take THAT, stupid unfunny superficial journalists of the world.
Blogs Rule – Journalists need to triple check their facts! Um, that didn’t exactly rhyme like I wanted, but…and Yeah! What Randall said!
Alright! We have a quorum! The meeting of the We Love Ourselves Club is now called to order! What’s the first order of business?
MOST days I feel like I’m the only one who makes sense. Well, me and Honie Briggs, that is…
That’s Right Mr. Petruska, That’s Right!
You made my day. Thank you.
I think many bloggers are a higher life form than journalists. Because they care more, they’re more honest and passionate about their goals. Because blogs are extensions of their owners.
Have a great weekend!
Hey, I thought I heard someone say, “Go ahead, make my day.” Glad it was you Red. Blogs are extensions, aren’t they? Appendages with widgets. Friday Fun Right Backatcha!
Thank you for posting that….I needed to read that!!
I knew you did Poly. I’m psychic that way. I’m a mind reader courage breeder. If my name gets any longer, I’ll need new stationery.
This was encouraging Honie. We are a special breed of writers, journalist.. what have you. And I mean that in the best way possible. Thanks.
That’s one of my other names, Courage Breeder.
I noticed this is your first comment here Becca. For that, you get a cheer.
Good, Better, Best! Never let it rest! ‘Til the good is better and the better is best!
I hear courage breeders and laugh doctors get along very well. Glad to be here!
They’re like BFFs4Ev.
Honie, it is a privilege to know YOU. How did I miss your post on BBW?? I just read it and it was beautiful. Soulful and a glorious testament to your friend, Donna. I had a friend that left my life suddenly and although I can’t write about it yet, I do understand your feelings. So much. Thanks for being brave enough to share it.
Thanks Brigitte. Brave is my middle name. Well, actually I have several middle names, but Brave is one of them. I kind of like Soulful and Glorious, I may see if I can legally add those to my already cumbersome signature. You know, like that guy Trout Fishing In America.
um, okay. Is this you? Anyway, enjoyed your post.
It’s me. Your kind words sent me over the moon, but yes, it’s me.
and we are privileged to be in your good company
thank you LouAnn, how very nice of you