All sorts of folks

Our California church family gathers around us to sing, pray and wish us well on the Sunday before our move to Virginia, July 2004

Our California church family gathers around us to sing, pray and wish us well on the Sunday before our move to Virginia, July 2004

“I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.  And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you.”Woody Guthrie

I’m fairly new to the world of blogging, and I find the scope and size of the blogosphere amazing.  While linked in some cases to traditional publishing, it stands apart for its unprecedented accessibility and ease of entry; a great many people all over the world can blog without paying much to do it (even those who don’t own computers can access them through public libraries, schools or benevolent friends).

This morning as I was marveling over this, how I can turn on my computer and hear from people literally all over the world who have read my words, and I can go and read theirs, I thought of Woody Guthrie and his devotion to the people who were seldom heard of through the media of his day.  It seems to me that blogging is to literature what folk songs are to music.

Because blogging belongs to the people at large and not to the gatekeepers of traditional publication, it is seen by many as unsophisticated and ephemeral, somehow less important than “real” publishing.  But just as folk songs capture and record the invaluable history of everyday people, so the countless blogs published online daily are forming an unparalleled record of the entire world; who we are, what we think, how we feel.

16 Comments

  1. And Julia…this is how God is using you!

    • Thanks Renee. I’m so glad to have you visit me here! Hope to see you Sunday.

  2. May be the art of writing brings together Creativity, Intelligence, Approach, Word power and also expressing one’s own thoughts.and brings us also together through this media knowing each other and one another…

    • I agree! In fact, I almost think there’s more true communication online — through writing — than there is among crowds of people interrupting, talking all at the same time or texting to people not present. Technology is a tool that can be used for good or evil, and I think the civil online discourse I have found among bloggers is definitely one of the good results of technology. Thanks for your comment!

      • Absolutely. Most Welcome.

  3. When I saw your picture and caption I couldn’t help but think of the words to a favorite hymn…
    “How sweet, how heavenly is the sight when those that love the Lord
    In one another’s peace delight and so fulfill the word.”

    • Thanks Carla. Those short lines convey some very profound truths. If only all people of faith could take them to heart and live them out, this world would change for the better pretty quickly. In fact, that whole song is really beautiful. I especially love these lines: “When free from envy, scorn and pride, our wishes all above, each can his brother’s failings hide, and show a brother’s love” and “When each can feel his brother’s sigh, and with him bear a part, when sorrow flows from eye to eye and joy from heart to heart.” These past few months have underscored for me how important it is for us to weep with those who weep and laugh with those who laugh – and no matter our circumstances, both are a vital part of living!

      • I sang/thought the whole song after I commented here and wished i had included the very parts you quoted. So fitting!!! Just remember the throng of “those that love the Lord” who are with you !

        • Thanks Carla. We are so grateful to have the good wishes, support and prayers of so many people!

  4. MaryAnn

    AH! The pure Joy of reading what Julia shares!!!

    • Mary Ann, your generosity never fails to amaze me. I’m so glad you are visiting us here!

  5. Carlyle

    Julia,
    I was, as is my wont, skeptical of the blogosphere as well as facebook, twitter et al.
    However, reading your daily entries has given me a wider concept of this medium of expression and incidently, a greater appreciation of your ability to eloquently share your perspective of our life and times.

    Love

    Dad

    • Daddy, thanks for reading my blog and for your kind words about my writing. I’ve discovered there’s a lot of talent out in the blogsophere, as well as creativity and generosity. People who love to write are generally willing to do it whether there’s money in it or not; most of us can’t NOT write. So those among us who have more recognition and creditials are very supportive of newbies such as myself. I’m glad you are visiting us online!

  6. It’s been such a pleasure to read your words Julia, as your dad sweetly attested, are so eloquently shared. You’re so wise and I always find myself thinking ‘true that’ after visiting. You can’t know whether anyone will connect with a Post, but you’re so right, it’s a generous place to hang out, here in the blogosphere.

    • Thanks so much. I appreciate your kind words. Reading others’ blog posts is like sharing the wealth – I so enjoyed the pictures from your snowy walk to the bookstore. We see very little snow here in Virginia so I was able to enjoy the lovely walk without even getting cold. 🙂 Thanks for being here!

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