Sometimes you come across a blog that tells a story that makes you stop and think. The blogger’s story strikes a chord, sparking a slew of “what ifs” or “oh shits.”
The story and the circumstance draws you in. Fascinates you. You want to just dip a toe in, but you find yourself wading in, deeper and deeper.
Most of the time you’ll read until your curiosity has been satisfied. I mean, let’s be honest, part of why we read blogs is because we’re all a bit voyeurs at heart, right?
But sometimes it goes beyond morbid fascination. Sometimes you get pulled in further. The writing is amazing, mesmerizing. The chord keeps getting struck. You can’t tear yourself away, no matter how much work or life beckons. You find yourself going to the beginning of the archives and working your way through the whole story, getting more attached to the characters and more invested in the story as you read through the posts.
By the time you’ve caught up, you’ve already put the blog in your reader, or you’ve signed up for the email updates. You don’t want to miss the next post. You’ve cried and laughed along with the blogger. They have no idea you’ve been along for the ride (even if a bit belatedly), but you feel as close to them as you are to your “real” friends. You know you’re not the only one who feels like this, and that’s more than OK.
That closeness and that investment is what makes the blog world so unique and wonderful. The strangers who reach out and become friends make this space magical. Complete strangers stop by a blog on their way to some other Internet destination, get pulled in, stop, pull up a chair, and in the process stop being strangers and become part of a support network. It’s a community of people who for the most part have never met, but who will move heaven and earth to help each other. Amazing.
Whenever I discover one such blog and witness that blog magic all over again I’m moved and thrilled. I’m a part of that world. I reach out to bloggers who need the support and I’m comforted by the knowledge that should I ever need that support my community will be there for me. It’s a good feeling. No, it’s a wonderful feeling.
Matt, Liz and Madeline is the blog that inspired this post. Before you click through, please be warned that you’re going to need tissues. Lots and lots of tissues.
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