Whenever I see a fellow blogger I think I might have things in common with I will follow them. Over the years I have made connections with some pretty good people who have real and interesting lives.
I have met people on Tumblr, Multiply (a deceased social blogging platform) and Twitter from all over the world who share a love for blogging and that is awesome. It’s kind of like having pen pals from back in the day except its interactive and provides instant gratification.
It’s pretty rare that someone is asked to un-follow a fellow blogger and it happened to me yesterday. We aren’t like Facebook where you have to agree to be friends to follow one another. Of course I respected that blogger and un-followed them.
Tumblr is a place where complete strangers can find community and connections in a very global way. We all have things that bring us together and of course differences but perhaps that is what makes this whole thing great. Things are set up here for people to follow one another and to make connections.
If you find me to be boring or too tame I am not offended if you need someone with more spark and spice. All I can be is myself and offer you a person who is trying to make sense of life and to establish connections with like minded people. Thank you all for sticking and staying.
I lost my grandmother in September so I have felt loss recently. I have chosen to help others through their losses so we can grieve together. God has helped me through it although I am still mourning. Loss hurts and when its someone you love dearly then the pain is very real.
Even people who have family members who are sick have struggles to go through and my grandmother’s Alzheimer’s impacted me and helped make me more sensitive to the plight of others.
My grandmother is not the first person I have lost in my life but she is the one person I have felt the most grief over because she had a serious impact on my life. Death is something we all face but we have a choice to make the best of it or just let our struggles impair us from having some joy through it all.
So in the light of the loss I encourage people to talk about it, blog about it, share their stories. We owe it to one another to be there. It connects us as a human family.
Last night as my wife and I were heading home from the movie we came across some ladies who were on their way to see “Endless Love”. These good people didn’t know there was an original version that was made years ago starring Brooke Shields. I automatically felt old.
I get the same way when I say “back in my day” or “when I was your age”. You know I really try to bridge the generational gap with anyone I know. I think we all have struggles and issues that are timeless. Perhaps being open minded with people who are younger than ourselves can build friendships that can have benefits to everyone.
Age can be a unnecessary barrier to a lot of things in this life. Maybe if we got to know each other as people first that would solve a lot of problems. There are many younger people who know more about things I don’t have experience with.
Pablo Picasso once said that “Youth has no age”….perhaps we can all be young in body, spirit and wisdom.
To all those not following me who find my blog by surfing or through a tag search or because a follower reblogged a post thanks for visiting and checking my blog out I say thank you very much. You are great. Come back again. Follow if you like. However you stumbled upon, it’s cool.
Personal posts are awesome! It’s what blogging should be about. Blogging can build community and create connections.
Tumblr gives you the tools to make a great personal blog. It’s an awesome expression platform too.