Friday, October 3, 2008

A Gregarious Loner

Let's face it, blogging can be a chore. First it's sitting down and attempting to bang out a piece that your hope is slightly amusing to the couple of dozen readers who drop in on a regular basis. Writing the post is only the beginning, then there's the proof reading. Mama Mia I don't have the patience for that but I have too especially since I'm so dyslexic my Mama started and organization to fight the condition called Mother's Against Dyslexia (D.A.M.) Now the post is written and formatted (Justify, it must be neat) and you publish it. Giving it a view and see there's no bloody spaces between the paragraphs! Frustrated, you go back to the draft and try to manipulate the format by triple and quadruple spacing. Finally giving up, you let the paragraphs fall where they may.

Now that the post is written you hopefully have some time left over to browse the Favorites on the sidebar. In my mind this is the best part of blogging, reading the fare you have come to enjoy so much. It's not enough though just to read the posts you must leave a little note to let them know you've been by (even though Site Meter and Extreme Tracking leave their own trails). Then you proof the comment and hit SAVE and what? Must go through verification with those funky Timothy Leary inspired codes. I tried typing in Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds the first few times hoping that would crack the code but no luck.

Folks with verification codes enabled, I want you to know that when you see a comment from me , it means I really care. It takes me at least three attempts every time to get the thing right those codes are a dyslexics worst nightmare. Speaking of that did you hare the joke about the dyslexic guy that walked into a bra?

Back to the point of this post, at this point you've spent an hour of your night or early morning surfing your best reads and commenting that you realize you're one of those. One of those people you used to think were a bit odd spending all their time on the web conversing with total strangers hundreds to thousands of miles away. And then you realize those peo;e are kinda cool.

Personally, I've always been a bit of a loner. I don't need to be around friends all the time if at all. I'm not anti-social. As a matter of fact I'm the exact opposite. The worst job I ever had was a two year stint as a consultant working out of the house. I was very successful because I always had appointment's set up and built relationships with clients just to be with people. Recently I did a contract at a fairly senior level but was glad to get back into middle management when it was done. The Mucky Muck role saw me holed up in an office most of the day strategizing over a spreadsheet or MS Project. It was rather lonely. I want to be with people...when I'm at work. Off time I don't caire if I don't see another human, outside my family, for the entire weekend. Blogging on the other hand, allows me to maintain friendships with some very special people in a very unique way.

That's what makes blogging great. I've met some very interesting people. I get a great laugh reading some off the wall blogs. I wept when I read the post about the passing of Cliff's brother. I've learned new things that I wouldn't normally be interested. in. I've virtually visited Wales reading Sian's posts. I'm encouraged by many and amazed by others.

When I really think about it blogging isn't such a chore after all, it's a gregarious loner's blessing. A wonderful avenue to share a coffee with a friend you wouldn't have otherwise had the opportunity to meet.
Now that I have another post in the can, I'm going to see what you have to say.



Cliff said...

The problem is when you don't have word verification, you run the risk of having your comment section spammed.

It's ironic when I have to go through word verification three times to post on my own blog.

I think it's also ironic when I put a lot of thought in a post and spend over an hour writing it and get no comments. Then I post a few sentences from a hurting heart and get 10 comments.

When I wrote all the posts about my brother, I agonized at first to write them. I never dreamed I would get the reaction I did, and I also got hits from people who typed his name in the search engine.

Most of the time I just try to write something thoughtful and upbeat.

Michelle said...

I totally agree with you. I can't count the number of times I agonized over a post to getit done and wonder if I might bore someone to death with it or if someone can relate to it.

I have found blogging to be a wonderful outlet for my thoughts and I try not to worry aboout offending anyone but that's in my nature. have met many wonderful people on here and I love everyone I have met.

Now I'm trying to get more positive and upbeat. Hopefully I can do it. Great post. :) Have blessed day my friend.

Melanie said...

Well said!!

Oh..noticed your fav books..LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the James Herriot books! :)

Frasypoo said...

Good to see you back!
Would it kill you to reply to your facebook messages ?
Joking !!!!!
Do you remember me telling you about a book a long time ago.I was mixed up but was referring to the greatest miracle in the world by Og Mandino and the part that I was talking about was "The God Memorandum"

Sian said...

I gave up on word verification a long time ago. I just delete spammers, they are not that bad on mine at the moment.

(And I'm not English, I'm Welsh. Yes there is a difference. And no I can never let that fact go, small though it is of me.)

Do you know I have been reading your blog for about two years? When you haven't dropped under the radar that is...

Sian said...


You know I love you though Pilgrim right?

Pilgrim said...

Cliff, writing from your heart comes through in your posts. That's what makes your blog so good.

And...I'm cool with word verification, it's never kept me from leaving a comment.

Michelle, You also do a great job of writing honestly. That's why your on my fav's.

Frass, I'm sory for not responding to Facebook e-mail. I will answer your messages. Maybe I'll find a new address to find your musings?

Sian. truly fascinating. knew you were in Wales but didn't understand the passion. Honestly my knowledge of Europe is limited. It is however my dream trip pick above Hawaii the Caribbean or any other hot spot.

The fact hat you've been reading my work for 2 years AND you feel comfortable correcting me speaks volumes about how much you care. As they say love is a verb it's something you do. You prove it all the time. Love you too.

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