Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
When I started blogging, the only gift I was looking for was the ability to talk to others around the world about books. I then discovered the gift that blogging gave to me by rekindling my love for writing and sparking those long dormant creative juices. It was also something fun for Andy and I to talk about and explore together out in the vast blogosphere. Though there are lots of blogging "sins" that I share here from time to time, today I am reflecting more on the blogging blessings.
Because of this blog, I have added a strong collection of very cool people to my circle of friends. That is the best gift by far. Many conversations have been exchanged in private through e-mail, on Google Chat or in public through comments or in our own Bumble Town Live Chats. I've even had a conversation face to face meeting up with a blogging buddy while passing through their town on vacation. On a different trip I visited another blogger's family member at their shop and talked a little Red Sox. Some day one of you will find your way to the Boston area and we'll be happy to meet you and share our fine city.
The majority of the time, these friendships remain virtual - no live meetings. But that doesn't stop the kindness from coming through. Folks are always passing along helpful solutions to the day's problems, suggestions, tasty recipes, advice and answers to any random question that I can think to throw at them. I am also forever amazed by the thoughtful tokens that have arrived in the mail. Books of course. But also hand crafted gifts, treats, fresh garden bounties, beautiful photos and presents that are best kept as inside secrets.
Sometimes gifts are the introductory step to a new friendship. Organized swaps that encourage bloggers to send gifts to each other are certainly fun and exciting. But getting to know that new blogger in the process is truly the best part of the experience.
The blogosphere can be a frustrating place sometimes. It can be scary too. But the little corner that I frequent happens to be a very generous and honest spot. And for that, I am thankful. It is what keeps me going. Whenever I can do the same for you, just let me know.
What blessings has the blogosphere provided to you?