In my regular morning reading, it struck me that even though I’ve only met two of my Web logging peers face to face, I feel a real sense of community here. Joe‘s loss saddens us, Sarah‘s accomplishments gladden us, our communal struggles frustrate all of us. We Pat each other on the back, and lend a helping hand without any expectation of getting anything back. I worry about Seb and Terry and others when they don’t post for a while. I wonder if they’re just taking a break or if something bad has happened. Just like my real face to face friends, I feel pushed, pulled, appreciated and kicked in the butt.
I love how Karen puts it: “I write about this because the dry snow that doesn’t stick together reminds me somewhat of our individual blogs. No two blogs are alike, but they are similar in ways. They just don’t stick together…all of our individual blogs right now don’t work together to form snowballs, or snowpeople or igloos. Just like the snow, our blogs are going to need some sunshine, a little heat, to get to the point where we can make snowballs, or snowpeople, or igloos. I think that’s what Pat does (and Will and others). They provide a little sunshine, a little heat, to make us able to stick together to become something else. I’m looking forward to seeing what we become.”
She’s right…this community is moving somewhere, toward something. I’m looking forward too. It’s definitely time for a.) Karen to post more great stuff to her Web log and, b.) edublogvention!