Blogging is really cool. There I said it. I honestly do think blogging is a tremendous medium. When I was a kid we listened to lots of music in our station wagon on the way to a various sporting events and other errands around town. Being in a large highly competitive family we raced to name the artist and title of each song before the other siblings. Needless to say, I learned much about pop music in the longer drives across the state.
What I recall the best is not being able to tell whether or not a musician was American, British, Australian, Kiwi, German, Canadian, etc. Heck, you couldn’t even decipher a singer’s ethnicity based on their songs, for the most part. I enjoyed the music for what it was, rarely understanding anything other than the chorus. I took the music at complete face value. If it had a catchy vibe, a good jingle, an addictive chorus, a great intro, a fantastic instrumental, or just an amazing voice… I was hooked. Then music videos came along and you could see what the artists looked like and their "interpretations" of the song. Sometimes it enhanced the song, sometimes it ruined it for me.
I think the same can be said for bloggers. What I truly enjoy is being able to fill in the blanks about bloggers on my own. We’ll never truly know what each blogger is like unless we happen to know them personally. For me, this is what makes blogging what it is. I can paint my own picture based on their posts, comments, and all that other stuff the author chooses to share publicly. Maybe they share access to their photo albums or other favorite websites. Maybe they never post a picture of themselves and refrain from using their real name. This gives me even more insight and allows me to do some more virtual eavesdropping, but the picture is still incomplete. There are days where I feel like a private detective as I my imagination weaves stories together. I guess it can be said blogging for me is like a never ending soap opera cliffhanger. I feel like I’m always wanting to reveal just a bit more about those of you on the other side of the monitor.
Sure I’ve met several of you in person, yet this still doesn’t mean the picture is complete. I enjoy patching your blog offerings to create my own perceptions of each of you. This is what makes blogging so entertaining to me. It’s all about the unknown. And now I have Tom Petty’s Into the Great Wide Open song stuck in my head. Blog on peeps, blog on!
TODAY’S RULED OUT BABY NAMES: Chester, Cleo, Garfield, Bubbles, Rover, and Simba.