Monday, December 16, 2013

Confluence

Rockefeller Center


I've been blogging for a long time. I think about quitting at least once each year. But I always decide to continue because I like the discipline, such as it is, of thinking about, writing, and posting a mini-essay. I used to post every day. Now I'm more sporadic.

Once upon a time this blog was the way in which I connected with many other bloggers. I do most of my meeting and greeting these days on Facebook where I'm very active. But I still like writing here, and there are people not on FB who come here to see what I'm thinking about. It's well worth the effort.

After last week I'm more convinced than ever that I will, for the time being at least, continue blogging. I went to New York City to meet, in person for the first time, blogger I met somewhere in the mid to late 2000s. We recognized each other almost immediately, as sometimes happens, but we didn't meet face to face prior to now because she lives in South Africa.

Usually when I meet blog friends, there is a warmth that accompanies the meeting. We already know each other, hence meeting in person is just the next phase of an ongoing conversation. It's so easy! I have many blog friends who became "real" friends in this way.

Every now and then, something more than that takes place at these encounters. Something Happens. Though by now I've met quite a few bloggers face to face, I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times the meeting itself was magical, more than a sum of its parts. This is what took place in New York last Thursday. I am still trying to find the language to describe it.

The blogosphere was the portal, a doorway that enabled me to become acquainted with people who are really important to me now, people I would never have known existed otherwise. Please don't ask me to explain why - or how - I have no idea. But I am in awe of the possibility that it could happen again. Hence I have no plans to stop blogging, no way.

Shalom.

Tamara and I, in Times Square

5 comments:

Pam said...

Beautiful photo and sentiments!!
That photo is so lovely and to be cherished I'm sure.

Steve Reed said...

We've often talked about how blog friends become REAL friends, and I've definitely met many great people through blogging -- including you! I'm glad you added another face-to-face meeting to your blogging history, and that it worked out so well. :)

Reya Mellicker said...

Being in NYC made me miss you so much, Steve.

ellen abbott said...

yah, all that.

junkthief said...

I'm really glad you keep blogging and hope we meet in person some day. I know that we've met a number of the same bloggers, but you and I have yet to meet.

I've debating continuing or giving up blogging and plan to continue as time allows. I consider Facebook to be sort of like shouting things in the town square while blogging feels more like a moderated salon discussion.

And what a great photo of your NYC meet up. You both are beautiful and look so full of joy there.