Recognize each other

Look at all these fascinating people!  And there are more who aren't represented here...

Look at all these fascinating people! And there are more who aren’t represented here…

“Whether delivering information, opinions, perspectives, dissenting arguments or humorous asides, the human voice is typically open, natural, uncontrived.  People recognize each other as such from the sound of this voice. The Internet is enabling conversations among human beings that were simply not possible in the era of mass media.” — Levine, Locke, Searls & Weinberger, in The Cluetrain Manifesto

Whatever else can be said about technology, it has broken the stranglehold on information dissemination that was formerly held almost exclusively by powerful media groups. It also has enabled interactive exchanges of information, opinion, experience and outright fun. What an amazing development for all of us!

There are some who connect with others best through reading, and some of these readers also connect through writing.  No matter which is more descriptive of you, the means of connecting to others have never been more varied, accessible and relatively inexpensive.  I’m so thankful for that!  Getting to know you is a pleasure.

Contrary to what some may believe, many of us who connect with each other online are gregarious types who have interesting friends and a rich set of experiences in “real life.” Social media and blogging have simply added to that already detailed picture. For more than a few of us, blogging was a big surprise; an unexpectedly versatile and unique hobby that pays worthwhile dividends for the time we invest in it.

However you got here, whenever you come, we are happy to have you join us!

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  1. I only recently started blogging and am amazed at how many awesome writers I’ve connected with!

    • Hi Sarah, thanks for dropping by! I imagine that blogging is a real asset to someone living thousands of miles from home. It must be a real adventure living in Singapore – did you know anyone there, or just want to live there for awhile? I hope I am able to visit there, and other Asian countries, one of these days. Good luck with your writing — and thanks again for visiting with us here.

      • It definitely is a great way to connect with you! No, my husband and I didn’t know anyone over here. He was offered a temporary position here and we were like why not? Haha so we’ve been here almost a year and have about 8 months left. Trying to explore as much of Southeast Asia as we can. Singapore’s an interesting place, as it was once a part of the British Empire, which makes it feel a bit more like “Asia light” as we’ve called it, and has a sizable Malay and Indian so it’s got kind of a mix of language and culture and religion. Happy writing!

        • What a great opportunity! That would be a very hard offer to turn down. I know very little about Singapore but I’ve really enjoyed reading Sydney Fong’s posts. He is a Singapore native and has been too busy to blog much lately, but has some really interesting bits of history and culture and just a little bit of everything. Here’s one that picks up on some of the British history. I hope you are able to enjoy your remaining time there. As an Air Force wife I know it can be bittersweet to leave a place even when one is ready to come home.

          • Thanks for the comment and the understanding 🙂 I’ll have to check the blog out! Yeah, I think it’d be even harder being an air force wife because you don’t know where you’ll be next. I know I’ll be going “home” in less than a year. There’s also a lot of expats in Singapore that bounce from country to country.

            • I am just now beginning to realize how many civilians live overseas for at least a few years. At first I thought it was mainly college students and young people, but I seem to be hearing of more and more people who go abroad for various reasons. Probably I’m just more aware of it because of the internet, but I think it’s great. With the Air Force we at least know we will be among other Air Force families so that does help. I think it would be a bit scarier to live overseas without being associated with a military base, which is technically considered part of the U. S. I think, much like an embassy. I know someone here in DC who grew up in an embassy family (parents worked for the State Department overseas) and she has some really interesting stories.

  2. Susan

    Thank you! Julia, you are delightful, and it it a pleasure getting to know you!

    • Thank you so much, Susan. I appreciate your kind words and your presence here!

  3. I absolutely agree Julia – I have been delighted by the totally unexpected and thoroughly delightful people I have met and befriended through the simple decision to record on-line an aspect of my life. [It didn’t take too long before just about every and any aspect of my life got tossed out into the blog mix]

    It does take time to keep up with all the folk I follow, and sometimes it is not possible to read every day – but it is so worth staying up late or getting up early whenever I can to catch up with friends all over the world.

    I have learned so much, been touched deeply so often, experienced so much support for my own work as an artist and have so much fun – I simply cannot imagine life without blogging any more!

    • Thanks Pauline. I too find it quite a challenge to keep up with everyone I like to follow. If I ever decide to quit blogging daily, it will be in large part because I wish I had more time to read everyone else’s blogs. I am encouraged to see how much talent, compassion, intellect and personality there is in the blogosphere. With all the blogs I have visited I have never seen any two alike, just as no two people are alike. It’s a congenial, supportive world and I’m so glad to be part of it. I’m glad YOU are too!

  4. Julia, good morning. The marvel of technology. 🙂 Just few days ago I skyped with Monte and Carolyn. We were visiting each other in our homes but far apart. How cool is that??
    You, Carolyn and Monte are friends from this wonderful technology.

    • Merry, that is so wonderful. I appreciate so much all the time Monte takes to summarize the comments at UR. When I only have a minute or two and can’t read everything, it’s nice to get the “Reader’s Digest” version from Monte. I LOVE your new gravatar photo! You look wonderful and Charlie is adorable. Thanks so much for being here!

  5. Hope all Matt’s reports are good. I know you feel blessed to have come through that stressful time. 🙂

    • Hi Merry, Matt’s reports were mostly good. There is still fluid on his lungs but they aren’t too worried about it since it is less than last x-ray and appears to be trending in the right direction. I asked if we could decrease the dose of amiodarone (we are so scared of that drug) and the cardiologist said she thought we could, but she wants to OK it with the electrophysiology cardiologist first. She said the echocardiogram and pacer data were good – valves functioning well and the rhythms normal so far. We do feel very blessed to have a good result so far AND to have this behind us! This surgery has been hanging over our heads for nearly 6 years.

  6. It is so amazing when you stop and think about how through our blogging, we are connecting with so many amazing people in different parts of the world! I love this present that blogging has given to me. I recognize so many of the bloggers you have represented above ~ I am truly grateful that we’ve connected Julia! I keep you and your family in my prayers. Big hugs to you ~ I hope you have a lovely weekend! ♥

    • Thanks so much M – I too am so grateful we have connected! It sounds corny but I think these online connections will bring more peace and understanding to the world than all the global summits and U.N. conferences combined. Thanks so much for your prayers – we need and appreciate them! Happy weekend to you too and SHINE ON! ❤

      • I HEARTily agree with you ~ power of the people on the blogosphere bringing peace internationallly! 🙂 Keep shining Julia! xoxo

        • Thanks – You too!

  7. Harbin77

    Well said. Thank you for these words of wisdom. I have enjoyed visiting with people that I would have never met if we did not have the internet, Jim

    • Thanks Jim. It really does my heart good to find out how much we have in common with people all over the USA and the world. I appreciate your visits; thanks for being here!

      • Harbin77


  8. raynard

    Julia, I first got online back in 1999( AOL and Yahoo days dialup lol) I was apart of a online group adding comments to I like what was on my mind( before blogging got popular)..Then it was that site Paltalk where I played and listen to music, met a few people in person. A Christian dating website is how my wife and I met and she just happen to live in the state I just moved from NJ.Other than here, a blogging website and Google plus and Facebook, ( please dont let me sing”The Beach Boys, I get around ‘ lol. My daughter’s college graduation , we were in another room watching it on a screen( projector hooked up to a computer via the internet) was only 2 hours after that , we all went out to dinner.I think my wife mentioned something about rest after running for 5 days straight and we missed the bad storm coming back last night. be blessed

    • Raynard, I got my first job out of library school from people I met in an online group for school librarians. By the time we left Hawaii I had an interview for a very good job waiting for me in San Antonio, and was hired as soon as we arrived there. The school counselor’s daughter met her husband online. And all this was back in the stone age dialup era. Who says technology is just for teenagers (said the old lady who doesn’t use smart phones or texting). Hee-hee. I’m glad you guys missed the bad storm. It mostly bypassed us although we did get some rain and see some lightning, but not the scary loud thunder or anything like that. Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. It’s amazing how internet has connected so many from around the globe. If we lived a century ago we would not be even aware of each other’s existence. Blogging has given me a lot of reassurance. Now I know human beings are basically the same -their worries and joys revolve around almost the same feelings.

    • Bindu, I agree! I feel so much less pessimistic about the world when I am in the blogosphere. The news makes it sound as if the world is full of hostility and I’m sure that’s true, but it’s also full of compassion, understanding and friendliness. I will always believe that what we share as people is greater than what divides us. Thanks for being here!

  10. It is pretty amazing to connect deeply with another person thousands of miles away or halfway around the world that you’ve never ‘yet’ had the chance to embrace except in your heart. I really did not foresee the depth of personal joy that would come by starting a blog. For all the woe’s reported about social media and the abuse of it, there are hundreds more happy experiences and stories. I’m so thankful for the connections, support, encouragement and laughs along the way of this superb adventure. There on your sidebar is a perfect example, I saw my very own artwork displayed and giggled and smiled and said awwwwww ((( Julia ))). Thank you for that and all the chats, I adore you xoK

    • Thanks for letting me borrow the sign — too bad I did not have a sign like that to hang on my locker in high school, it might have given people a warning and spared me some teasing. Online is just like everyplace else – if we go looking for trouble we will find it, but if we go looking for friendship and reasons to be happy, we will find that too. Let’s keep the happy stuff going and not let the bad apples ruin things!

  11. I read this last night, but was too tired to leave a proper reply. I absolutely love that last sentence: “For more than a few of us, blogging was a big surprise; an unexpectedly versatile and unique hobby that pays worthwhile dividends for the time we invest in it.”

    That should go into your side bar as a quote for others to find, time and again.

    So glad to be connected, Julia, and what fun to see all those avatars up top.

    • Thank you, Alys! Maybe I will create a widget with that quote to use. I appreciate your encouragement. Yes, it’s wonderful to be connected!

  12. One key concept you wrote about is the media…and their self-invoked and unrestrained power supposedly afforded them by the Constitution.

    In WWII, Goebbels through radio and newspapers – combined with Hitler’s cold fist – controlled people’s beliefs. It was true if it suited Hitler and Goebbels.

    While not an exact parallel, the people in power – supported by today’s Goebbels, the media – manipulate the uncaring. As such, I look to our fellow bloggers for information unpolluted by political greed.

    Thank you for your post!

    • Yes, I agree that the free exchange of information online is a powerful defense against the power once held exclusively by the media (and the political and financial powers that influence them). The Holocaust Museum in DC has an interesting and chilling discussion of how anti-Semitism was sparked and fanned by the media, just as you mention here. It’s frightening how much our minds can be influenced if we are bombarded with commercial and other, even less benign messages continually. Bloggers and micro-bloggers (aka Twitter) are changing the way people get information, and by telling the stories ignored or censored by the media, filling many gaps in public perception of what’s happening in the world. Thanks for being here, and for your comment!

      • It was a good post. Frankly, I hope us “minions” through the blogosphere will put the media out of business – or become honest and forthcoming. Enjoy the weekend.

        • I agree! We’ll keep at it. Thanks for being here.

  13. Proud to say, I am a blogger and I love it.

    • I agree! I’m so happy to have you visit us here – thanks so much for your presence and comments.

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