and just because the timing is so appropriate
For this month, the ever-talented Vicki Archer suggested that we talk about blogging...the highs and the lows...where it is at and where we feel that it is going.
At the end of last October, before my fifth anniversary of blogging here at Lost in Arles, I gave a lot of thought to this subject. I shared some of my thoughts then and was so overwhelmed by your generous responses that I still haven't caught my breath. You are all most certainly the "high"s (and the "low"s too when you leave, I admit it is something that I will never take lightly) but so is the thrill of a great afternoon passing in the blink of an eye until I wake up after having hit "publish."
I realize very well that blogging has evolved enormously in these past five years...but at such a rapid rate that I am fairly sure that my "old-school" style of publishing when I want and what I want is also boomeranging back to what is appealing as well. At least those of you that are here - that goes without saying! Authenticity is such an important word to me. A friend recently jokingly called me a "phony" and I thought that my head was going to explode! Being sincere is never out of fashion in my book...
...because through direct (even while virtual) communication we can find unity together.
And I don't know about you but in this crazy beautiful world I need you all more and more. We are none of us invisible or unimportant.
So finally, a blog that has a sense of community is what is interesting to me today and I honestly think that is the direction that we are headed towards, no matter what the subject matter is finally...
...and I can share a few examples of people who I feel are doing this effortlessly and meaningfully:
In each of these blogs, the readers not only react to the author but also to each other in a really wonderful way. I have always been something of an outsider but being able to make connections through the mind-boggling big-small world is something that I still can't wrap my head around. But my heart? I am all in.
So as this door is closing, I would just like to say thank you to all of those who have supported or been a part of By Invitation Only. I am extremely proud to have created in the midst of such a fine comm:unity and that I have made quite a friendships out of it too is just the icing on what was a very delicious cake.
To read all of the fantastic posts from my amazing colleagues (and Marsha has requested that we all chime in for this final post), please do click:
Thank you, Marsha for an amazing run and Brava!
But you know how the saying goes, yes? When one door closes...another opens...
What about the door above? Curious?
Then stay tuned...