State of the Blog

A couple years ago I received a cool gift. A bunch of people I met online, known as bloggers, banded together to throw me a virtual baby shower. It was a remarkable thing I must admit. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of people I had never technically met.

Anyways, it was well coordinated and culminated in an extra special gift, a Nintendo Wii sent from Canada. During our most recent “mancation”, it’s a fair to say we played too much Wii. One of my friends asked how I got the Wii. One of my other friends quickly chimed in “Bloggers!”.

I spent a couple minutes explaining how this came to fruition and it brought me a great deal of pride. Blogging isn’t exactly what it used to be, but it still remains my preferred way to eavesdrop. Sure there are other mediums available now, but those don’t share the same advantages blogging does. I really dig the dialogue found on blogs. Sadly my “job” (work and life) has become much busier so I don’t have nearly as much time to blog as previously.

I’m not dissing Facebook because I’m on it everyday. However, I just can’t learn as much about a person via their profile like I could if I read a blog a Friend authored. There’s definitely something to be said for delving into someone’s mind via a blog. It’s what attracted me to blogging initially and it’s what keeps me blogging five years later. I’m not nearly as prolific as I was before Baby Singe arrived on the scene, but blogging still exists.

I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with this post. Maybe I wanted to brag that I have great friends, both in the flesh and those met via blogs. Maybe I wanted to share how incredibly awesome the Wii still is two years later. Perhaps I hope posting twice in a week will get me writing blog entries more often. Afterall the reason I started blogging in 2004 was to improve my writing skills.

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Appendectomy update: Mrs. Lessinges is scheduled to see the doctor tomorrow as a follow-up to her surgery. As of now there haven’t been any complications and she’s essentially back to full strength. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and encouragement.

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Seattle native, discovering life! I like ice cream, cold cereal, and The Amazing Race.
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16 Responses to State of the Blog

  1. churlita says:

    I’m on FB a lot too, but Blogging is my first love. It is much deeper than FB and that’s what I love about it.
    I hope your wife is all better soon.

  2. egan says:

    Churlita – exactly. I love the photo browsing and “connecting” with old friends. However there really is something magical about the power of a blog. Thanks, I think she’s much better and now we can determine if the surgery was a success or not.

  3. emma says:

    I thank my lucky stars that you decided to start blogging all those years ago and that you’re still at it now. Don’t you dare get to busy to drop us a bon mot every now and then!

  4. egan says:

    Emma – these days blogging helps me separate my thoughts. I have no plans to fold up shop as blogging still brings me great pleasure. Thank you for the kind sentiments.

  5. brookem says:

    ahh, the wii! and the virtual baby shower! that was so much fun, and i’m so glad i got to be a part of it. even better? getting to know you over the past… what?, four years now?

  6. meno says:

    I remember that shower! I even attended the chat room. That was fun.
    Have another baby so we can do it again!

  7. egan says:

    Brookem – it was a great time. I enjoyed the virtual baby shower very much. The online chatting was really cool. I’m a little hazy on how it all went down. Has it been four years now? Very cool.
    Meno – it was special. I felt the cyber love big time and thank everyone who participated. Have another baby? Coming from you that’s very funny. Well played Meno.

  8. SM says:

    I’m still quite proud of that whole shower/Wii thing. Was it really 4 years ago? Wow.
    I agree about the blogging. Even though things have changed since I started so long ago (including me), I love it. And probably always will. I love the people I’ve come to call friends and even though I’ll probably never meet any of them.
    Good to hear that mrs. L is on the mend!

  9. Gwen says:

    Glad to hear the Mrs. L update. A wii is a pretty awesome gift from virtual strangers. Are you angling for something else, Egan? That’s why you’re back to blogging, isn’t it?
    πŸ™‚

  10. egan says:

    SM – You did a fantastic job and should definitely be patting yourself on the back for your skills. We almost met, maybe it will happen some other time when I’m in the Midwest visiting the inlaws. Me too, glad to hear all is well thus far.
    Gwen – aren’t you funny. Yes, I’m angling for something like a free house in the mountains I can rent out to visitors while referring to it a a “bloggers paradise”. Can you make that happen for me?

  11. I’m so glad Mrs. Lessinges is doing better. I have been thinking good thoughts for her even though I haven’t actually left a comment on your post.
    That baby shower was fun. You know what I remember? That my washing machine was leaking like crazy all over my floor and I missed most of it. Guess what? My washing machine still leaks only now I just put a bucket under it and don’t worry about it. Anyway, I am so happy to have “met” the people I have met through blogging, and am happy to consider you a friend even though we might not even ever meet.

  12. egan says:

    Radioactive Tori – thank you very much. She visited the doctor and he’s not sure about some swelling that’s still present. My wife does feel better though so we’ll see where this goes.
    Sorry to hear about the washer. Nagging issues like that really get on my nerve and make it tough for me to focus on anything else. Like for instance, today I lost a hubcap on our Subaru. Now I can’t stop thinking about it. Ugh. I’m thankful for so many of the people I’ve met via blogging. It’s truly a remarkable forum. Have a nice weekend.

  13. JLee says:

    I know what you mean about FB vs Blogger. I always prefer blogger for the writing and glimpses into people’s lives. Wiis rock! I was thinking the other day that I received a copy of Adobe Audition to record music from a fellow blogger, which has enabled me to record almost 30 songs! I had forgotten that’s where I got it. Anyway, I’ll stop rambling on your blog πŸ™‚
    Glad you’re still here…

  14. Eunice says:

    As I learned the hard way a few weeks ago, your blog does delve into a lot more personal information than any other method of social media.
    And even though the information is circulating amongst people that are too chicken to just come out with it, it hasn’t scared me away from sharing my life with the world. Don’t like it? Then don’t read my blog.
    Plus I love how you and I can debate on stuff and still be pals. πŸ™‚

  15. Chris says:

    I got a bit tipsy at that shower. what fun it was, and how I treasure those friends I’ve made as well. Thanks for a good memory and all of my best to N-Po.

  16. Felisa says:

    I actually wrote a paper about the “blogging scene” last quarter. (I just got done with the quarter. Woo!) 8 pages on blogging… but I surprisingly cranked it out in a few hours. There’s so much to be said about it because it’s such an interesting domain for self-expression and for discussion.
    I hope Mrs Lessinges’ visit to the doctor went well. Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with your blog but I’m glad to see updates every now and then πŸ™‚
    Happy holidays to you and your family!

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