Leaves in Vienna, Oct. 2008So I bet you've been wondering where I have been right? Hahaa... I know the truth is I can disappear for weeks, maybe months at a time and you wouldn't even notice!! I could hide myself in the piles of leaves I found last week in Vienna and would you even think to look for me? Like the proverbial needle in a haystack, I would be difficult to find. Or perhaps not. The real truth is that some of you would miss me- I know it!
There's something totally wonderful about the blogging community. Once you've established a presence on the web through a blog your readers become your friends. Not friends in the traditional sense of the world, but in a completely new and lovely way. We open ourselves to each other. Yes we make ourselves vulnerable. And to me that is so utterly awesome! When you (yes you) don't blog for sometime, I wonder about you. I think about you. I worry about you. Are you alright? Has something happened to you? Did your computer break down?
Don't let anyone tell you we aren't 'real' friends. We make connections here. We share what is common between us, and we are also free to share our differences. Some of us share our observations, especially those of us known as 'expats'. The worlds we now live in are sometimes so completely different from our places of origin that we experience our lives at an entirely new level of intensity.
There's a paradox here.
My world feels smaller because of you -- and my world feels larger because of you.
Isn't that magical? I think so.
My blog, and my blogging friends bring me joy.
And so I thank you for being there -- and for being here when you can.