Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday Scribblings: Fellow Travelers

It’s 4:30 a.m. and I can’t sleep. You understand this feeling, fellow travelers, like sometimes the only place we can go is to the blogosphere. There’s nothing nagging me … well … not really. I come here because I can’t sleep and I need a good story.

Here, I can enjoy your stories, the honest, slice-of-life stories written by everyday people—imaginative, creative, passionate, bizarre, mad-as-hell, I'm-too-fat, I'm-too-thin, look-at-my-baby people. You don't need a book contract to construct an interesting blog post. For a space so immense, it feels very local. Yet this is a shared space where we tend to say the things we wouldn’t say to a loved one, friend, or coworker.

What is it about the blogosphere that keeps us coming back? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we read it for the “unsaid.” Every time I post something, the subtext is saying, “I don’t know you, but here I am and I’m sharing this piece of my life with you. Please read.” And the writing. Let’s not forget the good writing that makes me, as a reader, care about the small stuff: a list of songs from your iPod; mourning the end of a season; mourning the loss of a friend; how you’d sometimes like to run away from home—and the places you’d end up. We can forgive the typos and the poorly constructed sentences for a good story. I don’t come here for a lesson in grammar.

Tonight … eh … today, I come here because I can’t sleep—and all that’s on is Death Wish II and an ungodly amount of infomercials. I come here with this need to reveal something about myself, maybe because I spend every waking part of my day keeping something for myself. Now, I come because of Sunday Scribblings: this wonderful community of bloggers that has something to say about being a fellow traveler. I can’t wait to read your stories.

15 comments:

Redness said...

Beautifully wriiten, spot on, love your post, Thank YOU!

Pacian said...

It's all true. :-o

susan said...

I couldn't think of anything to write- well, anything I thought interesting enough to read. Then I read your post.

Thanks for providing the inspiration and encouragement to keep writing.

paisley said...

thank you for being here and sharing this little slice of your life.....

Sherry said...

Thank you for being a fellow traveler on this trip -- around the world without a ticket...taking us to places we had no idea even existed!!

bostonerin said...

I'm glad to be able to share the journey with you..

January said...

You too, E!

January said...

Thanks everyone! Coming to your blogs makes it all worthwhile.

Linda said...

Isn't it amazing? It's like a mini miracle having this blog world.

Becca said...

What other friends could you talk to at 5:30 in the morning??? Isn't blogging grand :)

Lovely post, and right on the money!

pepektheassassin said...

I feel as if every word of this post of yours comes from my mouth as well! I think you speak for all of us who've come to blogging, whoever we are, and wherever. Thanks for saying it.

Deirdre said...

I come here for the stories too, for the chance to see how we are all connected one soul to another. And when I can't sleep (like right now) it's soothing to know I'm not alone in this huge world.

Rob Kistner said...

It's 4:15 AM here is Portland, and I'm out here in the blogosphere looking for 'soul sparks' to warm my spirit and ignite my writing.

Thank you for providing some... ;)

Jone said...

It is a grand place to travel, the blogophere. I love this piece. I am glad I have had time this weekend to contribute and visit.

Writer bug said...

You've taken so many thoughts that I couldn't have articulated about why I blog and written them beautifully.

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