I have a theory that people who are attracted to reality television shows are also attracted to blogs. My little blog started out as a way for me to keep in touch with the people in my life who are scattered throughout the world. Only two of those people were also bloggers----Genevieve and Ellen. One day, I realized that lots and lots of people I didn't know were reading Ellen's blog. She actually had a big following. (this is due to her honesty, her creativity and her general Ellen-ness) I was curious to see who these people were that were reading my friend's blog. So, I started looking at THEIR blogs. I did the same thing with my friend Genevieve's blog. When I started knitting, I plugged into a whole new blogging world. One blog beget another blog beget another blog. Then, I found out about internet swaps. Now, all of a sudden, I am reading a dozen blogs every single day. Some of these strangers have even become friends. I follow their lives with interest and rejoice in their triumphs and feel sorrow in their dark times. I have learned about knitting websites, infertility, child-rearing techniques, shopping tips, freebies, book recommendations.....The list goes on and on. Bloggers are a wealth of information.
I have felt for a long time that technology is alienating us from one another. In some ways, I still believe that. But the internet and blogging have also offered me the chance to meet other people I never would have otherwise. It is my virtual reality tv. And it's great.
(by the way, I may be getting sucked into yet ANOTHER reality show....did anyone see the promos for the Doggie Day Care one? I'm such a sucker for animals!)