I’m not a personal guy and I love blogging because none of you can touch me. I like that line between the virtual word and the physical touch. I have had people ask to “meet up.” I don’t meet up. I work a 40 hour a week day job in IT, have a wife and two kids, extended family, and endless birthday parties to go to. I blog to be friendly in networking, but not to make friends necessarily.
That’s not to say I haven’t formed friendships of course. And I think Blogger gatherings are cool, like the Blogger’s Bash. Hell… who knows, I won’t say I won’t ever go. Crazier things have happened and it might be fun to meet some people I’ve conversed with now for three years or more. Just as long as people don’t start that hugging shit. That’s how people spontaneously explode.
I get a lot of email and I appreciate them all. I sometimes shoot off quick responses that I fear people take the wrong way. I’m not blowing you off. I like to respond immediately to anyone that contacts me because I want them to know I’m here, even if I don’t have time to be your next pen pal. It’s important to me because that’s how I blog.
Some people are so focused on subscriber lists and sharing the next big post that they forget what the virtual world is. The virtual blogging world is ever changing and the tricks of yesterday are old today. Instead people try to form their niche here or there and I did that for a time. Then I realized something. It is less about carving out a space and more about letting people know where you are and that you won’t ever leave. That’s my pleasure, knowing people know I’m at https://aopinionatedman.com/ and that won’t change in the near future. Even if I write a book or win the lottery, I’d still be here in my domain.
Blogging is my “escape” for a second… a minute, a conversation, a post, for the duration of my diverted attention. I love it because it is my Narnia, my twist of reality that makes the world around me fade for a second. And in those seconds I can share and care with another world, my world, but not one I walk in. Instead we allow our minds to wander past our physical means and it is special. It is blogging and that’s why we do it.