No one can completely understand another’s pain. All we can do is listen.
Day Nine: Get Inspired By the Neighbours
Today’s assignment: write a post that builds on one of the comments you left yesterday.
What is the most important aspect about blogging? In my humble opinion, it is the relationship with other bloggers. We comment to show support, join in the fun, and to question. The most important of these is the support.
When I first started blogging three years ago I had no idea what I was doing or what to expect. WordPress set me up with how you do it but I had no idea of the ramifications of that. So I wrote. I asked questions. And I worried. I had no idea if what I had to say was of any interest to anyone. I had nothing to worry about.
Several of the people who reached out to me three years ago in my comments and with the ‘like’ button are still with me. I cherish them. And they have become my friends. When I lost my furry babies they supported my grief. When I am worried or sad or frightened I can always reach out to the friends I’ve made through blogging.
I remember when one blogger was facing a typhoon. I wasn’t the only one who worried about him until he let us know he was safe. He lives on the other side of the world and yet he is really only a keystroke away.
Yesterday morning one of the first things I read was a comment attached to a poem I posted that morning. Now I love reading comments. I particularly like reading positive comments (they always are). The other thing I like about comments are the introductions. Maryruth 16 introduced herself and told me a little bit about herself. It was intriguing. It made me want to go and see what she had offer.
That was how I found maryruthblog.com. What I found was an intelligent and intriguing blog written by a woman who likes to question. She admits she doesn’t have all the answers but she’s working on it. I like her attitude, I like her words, I like her pictures. Yep I’m going to like this blog. You should check her out: maryruthblog.com.
A few days ago I opened my blog to a wonderful surprise. I had been nominated for an award! In the past I’ve been nominated a few times and trust me I am truly honoured that anyone would think my work was worthy of an award but the requirements that come with them are, I’m afraid, more than I can handle. This person would not accept that. He felt that regardless of my inabilities to fulfill the requirements I should still accept the award and forget the rest. This blogger is someone I have followed for a while and I thoroughly enjoy what he has to say. He puts a smile on my face and sometimes makes me think a little harder about things. Deodatta Shenai-Khatkhate is his name and http://dshenai.wordpress.com is his blog. The award is called Semper Fidelis Award and it is to “highlight outstanding bloggers who are excellent examples of trust, faithfulness and loyalty”. These are heady words and I am honored by the nomination.
It has also made me think about this community of bloggers, this family of individuals that I have joined. People whose blogs I read on a regular basis are insightful, inspiring and uplifting. My day doesn’t start until I spend an hour reading their words. These people are from all walks of life and from many different countries, different cultures. And yet we are a family. In the truest sense of that word we support each other and we rail together at injustices. We understand issues and work through our confusion together.
To say that I am thrilled that someone would even consider putting my name forward for this award is an understatement. Deo has always said the nicest things in his comments on my posts even when I was unsure of myself and my words. And he isn’t the only one. I started blogging because I needed to do something to expel the energy that was flowing from my fingertips. My brother and sister suggested I start expanding my readership through a blog. I thought I would do it for a few months, half a dozen people would read it and then I would give it up. I can no longer imagine doing that. I can’t imagine not spending time reading about your worlds through your words. I learn, I commiserate, I laugh, I cry. My world has expanded and I’m a much better person since having met all of you. Thank you Deo and thank you to all of you who read my blog. The world is ours to explore and we will do it together.
One more thing, visit Deo at http://dshenai.wordpress.com and see for yourself just how wonderful a blog he writes!