Yesterday I was Freshly Pressed for the first time, and it was exhilarating. More than anything, the experience brought home to me what blogging is all about. It is about making connections. It is about sharing, about touching lives and being touched by theirs. It makes our world seem smaller and my life seem larger. I know the exhilaration will fade in a few days, but my understanding of and appreciation for blogging will not.
I have heard from people all over the world, and for the most part, we are so much more alike than we are different. I try to write about universal experiences most of the time: daredevil brothers, strong-willed elders, the antics of children, being a parent. Many of the comments had a common thread: I brought back memories, or whom I wrote about reminded them of someone else they knew.
I’ve been blogging for almost eleven months and am just now developing a small but faithful following which is reciprocated in my following their blogs as well. This group feels like friends. Most of them are on my blogroll, but not all because my blogroll was getting pretty lengthy. Through Freshly Pressed I have connected with a host of new bloggers and now I’m eager to see what they are up to. If you took the time to post a comment, thank you so much. I’m determined to answer every one of you and click on your site. It will take me awhile, but I’m looking forward to it!