Jerry was on his way down to Eric’s, somewhere near Etowah, TN, which is just a few miles southeast of here, to a little “blogger gathering” of some friends he has made over the past couple of years. I could not join them this weekend, so he stopped by Harriman on his way down. I’m sure glad he did. He is really a nice guy.
He was going to party a little with these fine bloggers (others were expected):
Eric - http://www.straightwhiteguy.com
Denny - http://www.grouchyoldcripple.com (who I particularly wanted to meet)
Jimbo - http://www.parkwayreststop.com
Bou - http://www.boudiccasvoice.mu.nu
Erica - http://www.ericasherman.blogspot.com
I got to thinking about it tonight, about how it is really special to meet new friends, especially blogging friends. Think about it - we get to know each other through the parts of their lives we share in our posts, just little snippets that show how we feel about our families and friends, or our pets. You can learn a lot about people that way over the weeks, months, and years you follow their blogs.
Other than face-to-face interaction, blogging is one of the few other ways you can come to understand how a person feels about life. Take for instance FHB. I began to see into his soul, a little at a time, and one day I realized he was a good heart, and before I knew it we were spending time together – almost a week this summer. I knew immediately, upon meeting him, that he was exactly the kind of person I thought he was from his blogging. The entire family enjoyed his visit.
Besides “Fat,” as my family refers to him, and now Jerry, I have also met (in no particular order):
Mark - http://www.blogitude.com/
Les - http://www.lesjones.com/
Lissa - http://www.lissakay.com/
Doug - http://realityme.net/
Rich - http://shotsacrossthebow.com/weblog/
Tish - http://chattiekat.com/
Michael - http://blogs.knoxnews.com/knx/silence/
I have spoken through the web or on the phone to (in no particular order):
I correspond several times a year via email with (in no particular order):
David - http://david-mcmahon.blogspot.com/
Pat - http://patsdailyrant.blogspot.com/
Diva - http://sweetdivathoughts.blogspot.com/
Buck - http://exileinportales.blogspot.com/
Lin - http://creekjournal.blogspot.com/
Jose - http://joecoolsblog.blogspot.com/
The Crew - http://rednecksreserve.blogspot.com/
Debbie - http://www.righttruth.typepad.com/
Carol - http://shrinkwrappedscream.blogspot.com/
Dana - http://southerngalgoesnorth.blogspot.com/
Les - http://www.hohmannbecker.com/LesBlog/
Ron - http://rodentia.blogspot.com/
Hillary - http://oneofakindvet.blogspot.com/
On top of all these, I read and comment on about 60 other important people’s blogs, and I love them all! We share a special bond. I often pray for these people when they have things going wrong in their lives, and I think they would do the same thing for me. We are a family of bloggers!
I look forward to meeting other bloggers over the years, and I hope to continue to find that “blogger bond” with them!