And I understand where they're coming from. I find it so, so hard to explain the blogging thing to people who don't blog. Its like an exclusive club! You're either in and you get it, or you aren't and you don't! And when they think its weird, I understand that viewpoint as well. Of course, this is weird - how could it not be? But nobody ever said that weird meant bad. Different? Sure. But bad? I'm not convinced. We are living in an increasing connected and digital world and to me it kind of makes sense that the way we form and build friendships will change and begin to reflect that. People run businesses from opposite sides of the planet - why not have friendships too?
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival."
- C. S. Lewis
- C. S. Lewis
Of course, I'm not arguing that our friendships should all be formed and maintained online, I don't think that would be healthy. My 'offline' friends are some of the best people on this earth, they're a gift and I'm extraordinarily thankful to have such a wonderful group around me. But I'm also thankful for my 'online' friends - I love getting to know people who are having such different experiences of life. Its a beautiful thing.
Its fascinating to me, to see how other people live their lives. Its inspirational to see people who choose, every day, to be happy and positive about the world. Its motivating to see people who choose to live their lives with purpose and make every second the best it can be. But its magical to find someone who lives hundreds of miles away, whom you'd never have a chance of meeting, and just click with them.
"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked."
- Bernard Meltzer.
Today is International Womens Day. A day that started out as a protest, a demand for equality and respect has now become a celebration of just how much has changed, how much has been achieved. If I was more politically aware I would write about the specifics, but I'm not. I'm aware that there's still room for improvement, of course there is, there always will be - but I don't believe that improvement is limited to women. Its everybody. I believe in equality, regardless of gender, race, religion or disability.
That said, I felt like today was the perfect day to write a post about the world of blogging. All of the blogs that I follow are run by women - many of these feature heavily the men in their lives but for the most part my experience of the blogging world is a community of women. Beautiful, positive and inspirational women - here's to you.
This is part of Frankly: a series of longer articles where I explore the way I think about things. If you have any suggestions, or there's anything you'd like to see my thoughts on then please let me know!