A year ago if you had asked me what a blog was, I would have been clueless. But here I am now, blogging away with tons of other blogs marked in my Favorites.
I started thinking tonight about this new fascination with blogs and what drives it. I've decided it is similar to the Reality TV fascination we have in this country right now. Now I know some of you avid bloggers may find this offensive. You would NEVER admit to a fascination with Reality TV, but I think the root interest is the same.
For us bloggers, this is a way to communicate with the rest of the world. We can voice our opinions, our thoughts or just record our day to day activities. For those who read the blogs, I think the fascination is being able to step momentarily into the world of someone else. A someone else who is a real live person, not someone in a book made up in somebody else's imagination or someone on a TV show or movie with scripted lines.
We get the chance to step into not only their lives, but their minds. We can see what they are thinking, what they are feeling. I think as human beings we have a desire to connect with others and blogging gives us a "safe" way to do so without having to risk a deeper relationship.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm just as addicted as everyone else and don't see myself stopping anytime soon. I love to write and my blog has enabled me to do so on a more regular basis. Knowing someone out there may read what I have to say and be interested motivates me more than a notebook I know only I will ever see. I pray my blog will touch someone along the way and I do not discount the relationships that can be developed via blogs, email, etc. However I just pray this does not replace real live relationships in which we interact face to face.
I do find it interesting how fast this has taken off and how many different types of blogs I can find out there in cyberspace. Just look at my favorites and you'll find a wide variety.
Anyway, I guess tonight I am just rambling on hoping someone is listening. These are my thoughts and thanks to our wonderful technology I can record them for anyone to read who is brave enough to momentarily step into my world.