I grew up in England – pre computers, and I can recall boasting at how I had 5 pen pals from across the globe… There was a French boy, a French girl, an American girl who would always write about going to conventions… I would wonder what is a convention?…Another American girl, and then there was a blonde Greek girl – I was amazed at her blonde hair and the fact she wasn’t dark… I have long forgotten their names, but I can vividly remember being ecstatic at receiving letters from them, and the wonderful insightful information they contained about themselves and their respective countries.Of course, it was a dark plot by my teachers to get us to write more, but it was quite effective and exciting!
I liken Active Rain to the new pen pal – and as I open up the site each day, I see many familiar people who have Featured posts, or who have commented on posts, and while I might not be in touch with those bloggers personally, you get to know their personalities, their humor, and some make you smile, some grimmace, and it is just re-affirming to know that we all experience the same issues, and are able to reach out to one another to help in some way, to commiserate and to share.
I can tell when things are quiet as you will see peple blogging about their listings… one after the after…. evenings can be busy – after a day’s work, and as people unwind on the internet! Mornings reflect the longer blog…. more thought having gone into them….Each blogger has his/her own particular way of approaching things, and just as some members have mentioned meeting other members at raincamps…I can well imagine it must be like seeing an old friend. Of course, that is when the photo comes into play if it’s a little older and the blogger not appearing the same….do we recognize each other?
SO, blogging is definitely the new pen pal….but on a much larger scale…. and with much easier access… and directed at over 192,000 ‘pals’ and if one pal isn’t around to say ‘hi’ then we always know that there will be someone who will !
Have a great day and happy blogging!