*Appearances aren't always what they seem.
*A blog-friend who connects with your heart is as real as your dog or cat.
*You will draw to yourself what you send out into the blogosphere.
*Some people will walk away because you lose your entertainment value.
*I didn't know I had entertainment value.
*Some will love you because of the way you smile.
*Some will take the time to find out if your smile is as real on the inside as it is on the outside, and so have I.
*Some bloggers will call or text.
*Some will give their mailing address.
*Some will send a surprise in the mail.
*Some will invite us into their homes.
*Some will show you a glimpse of their heart- when in day to day life they keep it very concealed.
*Some will lie.
*Some will take your thoughts and feelings hostage.
*Some will give much more in return than you ever invested- because you were honest and real...and those are rare gifts in this day and age.
*Art is created here, in this medium, like none other I've seen.
*Truth is revealed here, in this medium, in ways I've never experienced before.
*Loss- of a blogger's pet, or parent, or spouse...or the death of a blog friend, is as deep and painful as losing anyone in hug-space/meatspace/real life. If you haven't experienced this for yourself, if you stick around, you will.
*Movies your blog friends suggest will stay with you and will always make you think of them.
*Dishes you cook taste better if a blog friend sends you the recipe.
*Cookies you mail are more fun to send to blog friends than I ever dreamed possible.
*I cheer for my blog friends sports teams.
*Bloggers who whine are not fun.
*Bloggers who speak their mind frankly (and don't give a f*ck what others think- hat tip to JL4 and K9) encourage me. Always.
*Bloggers who take the time to write what they learn from a difficult situation, or how to cope with the hard things in life we must endure- are inspirational. Even when they fail.
*Actually, I've learned more from reading about failures in life than I have about winning, or success.
*The real spirit of a blogger will eventually show itself.
*Love in the blogosphere is real, and special, and I wouldn't trade it, or you, for anything the world has to offer.
I love my blog friends. How else would I have ever found any of you?
Things in my part of the world are fine, just busy with the kids going back to school next week. My mom's kidney function is down a little more, but she's in good spirits and I go back to the Kidney specialist with her late next week.
My laptop died in March/April and I finally got a new one- so Yeahhhhhh! Not having one has really stunk- and I'm happy to be all set up in my office again- and slowly restoring links, but it just takes time.
Hugs and be well friends. I'll be around for a visit soon! :)