My existing readers are nearby…the kind I can reach out and touch with little effort. Friends, family here in my “real world.” It is possible, that with the addition of that little orange box on the right side of my blog page that I’ll make some more new friends in my e-world. New-era pen pals!
(I used to LOVE corresponding with pen pals when I was a little girl. I still remember the tail end of the “Big Blue Marble” television program on PBS on Saturday mornings! I got a pen pal from Malaysia out of that clearing house. Very cool.)
It’s interesting, to me anyway, how I came to make the decision to become a blogger.
I used to manage an email-based discussion list for fellow members of my parish (congregation) over the Bible readings we would share in worship that Sunday morning. Participation in such venues is always limited to a certain niche…it attracts a small segment of people that are interested enough, and simultaneously have enough time to participate in such an online discussion. I totally understood such limited participation, but I hoped for more interaction, all the same. Eventually I sort of drifted away from doing reflections regularly.
I realized that my reflections were functionally speaking more like blog entries than the hoped-for discussion starters. And a friend once remarked to me, after reading some email correspondence with me over my wonderings and wrestlings with faith matters, that I “should get a blog.”
One day as the lack of participation by me or others in the email group struck my consciousness, the suggestion of a blog re-entered my mind. I started following a few blogs, and searching the archives of one I liked particularly, real live preacher, I found a post there that really resonated with me. It inspired me to respond to it in a journaling, blogging style. I wanted to incude large hunks of it in my own (as yet “potential”) post, so I emailed the blog author, Gordon Atkinson, for permission to quote his post, sort of extensively.
I was so delighted to receive a reply from him, including a remark to consider joining this blog network that he helps administer, High Calling Blogs. So, I sat on it awhile, started following a few more blogs in this particular network, commenting once in a while, and I decided one day, acting on it actually last night, to go ahead and join this network.
“Make new friends, and keep the old;
one is silver and the other gold.”
Here’s to all my silver and golden friends! The ones I currently have and the ones I haven’t met yet. Love and God’s peace to you all! – Karla