It’s been an interesting week for blogging. There are two separate things going on (sometimes the vocabulary for these ‘things’ just really fails me :-P) . One is the comment challenge, which is generating a lot of communication and connections. I declined to join the challenge seeing as how I was quite busy. However, I’ve been following it loosely to get an idea of what is going on and how I myself can improve.
The other is the meme game, which has been making the rounds again. As I was tagged for the second time (see below) and had a bit of time on my hands, I joined in. The two together make for some pretty cool happenings in the blogosphere.
This has generated quite a bit of discussion, as you can imagine. One that I’ve seen was on Carla’s blog, about the contacts we build and the friends we make in the virtual world. Kevin questioned the stress that Carla had put into this statement, but I have to agree with Carla. I am busy making friends out there in the virtual world, but I wouldn’t call them virtual friends, as we share at least as much of our time, feelings and hobbies as I do with people who live close by (but tend to be much to busy to actually meet).
It has reestablished contacts. People I hadn’t been in touch with in a while were suddenly there, commenting on my blog, and at the same time I was was checking out what they had been blogging about and meaving comments. Kevin said it aptly in his blog:
I found it interesting that as you move outward, some familiar names can still be found. It’s both a large place and a small place, isn’t it?
That’s exactly the feeling I get when I run into a name I know, be it in flickr, a blog post, a comment or anywhere else. Sometimes it’s even a personal e-mail saying hello. Now that makes for warm feelings inside:-) The familiar face in the crowd is turning into a regular experience that keeps me coming back for more.
Now I’ve found yet another tool on the internet showing just how connected we are (thanks to Gladys!)
Yes, Kevin, you are so right. The world seems larger and smaller at the same time.
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