I’m in a reflective mood this morning, thinking how much I know about the lives of a lot of people, thanks to the magic of the Internet. I routinely exchange notes with those who are kind enough to drop by my blog and comment on the posts. Some days my Facebook posts draw dozens or even hundreds of reactions from mere “likes” to supportive comments. And in the mix I learn bits and pieces about those correspondents. I know when someone went camping and got sunburned, when someone is fighting cancer, has won some special recognition, lost a mate or a pet. I know when many of you travel or have surgery or retire or read a book you recommend. I read about your political concerns, your pride in a son who has gone from kindergarten through high school and never missed a day. Some of you voice your frustrations about life, your love of life, your questions about life, your loneliness, your joy.
I never expected to develop so many interesting, rewarding, informative, warm, genuine relationships when I set out in 2009 to develop a website and blog and learn to use Facebook. For all the problems we experience with technology, the probing of Facebook, the loss of privacy, the sometimes overwhelming tide of unwanted trash and spam and hacking attacks, a growing number of people find themselves connected in human ways to people across the country and around the world.
I’m grateful to be part of this kind of communication. Keeping up takes too much time, at least an hour or two most days, yet I know I would have a hard time walking away from it. So thanks for being out there on the other end. Whatever you are doing right now, I wish you well.