Blogging makes the world seem like a smaller place. Unless you are a blogger it may seem weird to say you have friends that you've never actually met, but in some ways the readers of my blog know me better than the people I interact with on a regular basis. Those of us who spill forth our notions here on the blogosphere tend to share our hopes, dreams, fears, and inner thoughts. Way i see it sharing that kind of info makes a better basis of friendship than sharing a cubicle next to someone, or being forced to make small talk with you wife's college roommate's husband, or listening to some soccer mom brag about her life and family while Junior practices kicking the ball.
Through this blog I have befriended numerous like-minded masochists, though most prefer the term writers. I have "met"a handful of agents and editors and many others who entertain me in a variety of ways. there are literally hundred of people from all around the world that I would love to sit down and share a beer with, or even a simple conversation. I would have more to say to any of these people than half of my relatives or 99% of those I went to school with. I know them, they know me.
That last line sounded like a new verse to Barney theme song. I love you, you love me, we're a happy family so before I make myself sick let me get back to the original statement that blogging makes the world smaller.
I now know people in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, England and Canada(too many from both to link to), Spain, and Mexico. As well as somebody from dang near all fifty states. But let me tell you a crazy story in pictures to illustrate just how small the world really is.
This is my friend Arlene posing as a tourist alongside her husband Rob at our recent Halloween party. I've talked about Rob and Arlene a few times on this blog.
Most weekends my wife and I find ourselves hanging out, drinking a few beers and playing games with Rob and Arlene. They are the godparents of our oldest son.
Arlene spent a great deal of time in Hawaii as a child. Her mother's side of the family is from there and she still has lots of family there including an older brother named Steven. I've never met Steven but I've seen him in pictures and what not.
This is the cover of blogworld pal Cloudia W. Charters' novel, ALOHA Where You Like To Go? (click on the link to order your copy via Amazon?)
Okay, so I have this good real world friend who was raised in Hawaii and this blogworld friend who now lives in and writes about Hawaii.
According to my research there are slightly more that 1,000,000 million people living in Hawaii. So what are the odds that out of those one million people Cloudia would snap a picture of this fellow leaning on a concrete dragon?
And what are the odds that I would see her post with this fellow's picture and recognize him as Arlene's brother, Steven?
I wasn't sure at first so I asked Arlene to confirm and she did. Then I asked Cloudia if she knew Steven since Arlene informed me that he was a part time photographer and I already knew that Cloudia did some writing for the Waikiki News. But Cloudia did not know him. She took the shot because it captured the three ages of man. It truly was a random happening that brought home just how connected we really are.
So what's the weridest or most incredible thing that's happened to you via the blogosphere?