September 27, 2012

connections, and a thank you.

Sometimes, blogging feels like the grownup, 2012 version of pen pals. 

When I was younger, I had a pen pal named Star. I wondered if that was her real name, and if it was, where it came from. I wondered if she would grow up to be a star, if she and I would be in plays together, if she wore star jewelry or star t-shirts or if she'd think that was silly. Did she like her name? Did she hate it? Did she have an interesting middle name, too? Or was her middle name common, like mine? I'd say it aloud: Star MarieStar Elizabeth. Star Ann. I pretended it was Marie.

I wondered about Star a lot. Her letters were always filled with so many details, with short anecdotes about her day that made me wish I could peek inside her life for just a week or so.

And blogging, it may feel like the work of one single person, but at its heart, I think it's really about that same kind of connection. That same, everyday sharing. A back-and-forth between strangers, or sometimes friends, and sometimes strangers-turned-friends. I wonder if Star has a blog.

More and more lately I've been receiving emails from readers, and it's been such a treat to learn about their lives. A few girls have asked me about love and heartbreak, one asked about writing, and there's one who's looking for some advice on where to go next in this strange, 20-something phase.

I feel honored to have strangers open up to me — to have these random, wonderful connections with people from all over the world — and so I just wanted to say thank you. A big, heartfelt thank you to those of you who have reached out, and to everyone else: my door inbox is always open.

(Photo: Chicago Mailbox | My Flickr)

8 comments:

Francesca Forzoni said... [Reply to comment]

beautiful post and i feel the same x

Chelsea said... [Reply to comment]

I love this post and think the same thing. It's really nice sharing things with people in the blogging community.

Niken said... [Reply to comment]

that's how i feel about you through your blog. connected :)
and your happiness spirit, to live life to the fullest are so so contagious.

Thank you for having a blog for stranger like me, to read (and feel connected).

Kelsey Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

Penpals are the best! I love how blogging instantly connects you to like minded and incredibly creative people. I love writing real letters too though, there is something magical about receiving a hand written note :)

Paige Presenger said... [Reply to comment]

It's you and your blog. People feel instantly connected here! I'm sure I speak for a lot of girls when I say that we are honoured that you allow us into your life so freely :)

nishaantishu said... [Reply to comment]

Love this. I think it sums up blogging completely :)

miriam said... [Reply to comment]

love your heart writing blogs all the time... I don't know how I came up with your blog, I wander a lot through the internet...But I haven't regretted one bit. :)

Elsha Bodily said... [Reply to comment]

awesome analogy! Never thought about it that way but so true! You have a great mind and writing style