i’m not saying the following because i blog; far from it. (well, at least i think i’m unbiased. :P) to me, blogging is a somewhat different format than other interactive media because it offers space for a post of practically unlimited length. this format, more than others, allows a person to fully express uncensored opinions; for those that are interested in someone’s complete viewpoint on a topic, a blog post gives the best chance for a reader to get an untrimmed presentation. the rest rests (no pun intended) on the shoulders of the blogger, who is responsible of creating as complete a post as possible. (or an incomplete form, if he/she chooses to confuse people.) this is the forum where you can literally (pun intended) bare your soul, pour your guts out, and show the world how and what you truly feel about someone, or something, or somewhere. with such potentiality for intense feelings, the reader has to invest a certain amount of emotions to read blog posts, and express those emotions through comments (if the reader chooses to). as a result, a blog post can transcend space and connect complete strangers through thoughts and feelings; the writer and reader of that post, then, are at the same time suppliers and receivers of this exchange.
i blog, and i read other blogs. in a weird way, i’m beginning to feel connected to the writers of certain blogs. but why should i care? i don’t personally know any of them. i only spend some of my time reading their posts, and then i go about my day. so why should i feel that connection? is it because i’ve invested my time and emotional energy to read and absorb the stories told by these bloggers? does that mean that this connection i feel is due to the time/energy i spent on their blogs, and my brain is telling me subconsciously that i need to make the time/energy count for something? am i selfish, then, for feeling this connection with other bloggers? for example, why should i give a hoot about ms. rousey, whom i’ve never met, just because i read her blog? or q&b? or omg? or g2? or my fellow PoolSynergy contributors?
but i do. i just can’t explain why i do, selfish or not. for that same reason, i feel disappointed when a blog i read goes dead. (basically, the author of the blog stops posting and updating completely.)
people connect with their thoughts; at least the deeper, non-superficial kind of connection. blogs have given us another bridge where people connect through thoughts and feelings across space, and sometimes time.
so, is that connection virtual, or real?
you tell me.