Greetings, Blogosphere. I’m pleased (and not a little intimidated) that LutherLiz agreed to have me as a guest Blogger. I was going to introduce myself as “Grandpa Goat”, but that sobriquet belongs more appropriately to Mr. Goat’s dad. Then I considered “Grandpa Geek”, but Liz’s mom is far more of a geek (and I mean that in the best possible way) than I am. Baby Goat will come up with a name for me soon enough, I suppose.
Anyway, Liz suggested a number of possible blog topics, all of which were pretty good ideas. And I may use them should I guest blog in the future. For now, though, my thoughts are on blogging itself – particularly from the perspective of a lurker (a “bloggee” if you will).
On occasion, I’ve considered starting a blog, but I quickly come to my senses. I’m singularly unsuited to the practice. First, I’m not terribly introspective. I’m not one to share “deep thoughts”, ponder the imponderable or convey the wisdom of the universe. Second, I would take things too personally. I know that I’d regularly express opinions with which some would disagree. I’d lose sleep over it – I mean, how could people be so dense as to disagree with me?! Third, my days are pretty mundane – computer, rehearsal, workout, grocery shopping, cooking. Not the stuff of legend, certainly. Finally, I’m too lazy. My posts would come fewer and farther between until they petered out like last bit of shaving gel at the end of the can.
My shortcomings aside, however, I do enjoy reading “Random Thoughts . . .” and the blogs of some of Liz’s friends. Liz (and her friends) can find meaning in day-to-day routines, and her prose soars when posing (and responding to) some of the big (and even small) questions we all face. And I’m singularly impressed with the blogging community of which Liz is a part. As a group, you try to make a difference beyond your readership – childhood hunger, give back for
, buying locally and so on. But equally important is that you care for each other (and I’m particularly glad for your support of Liz over the last 1 ½ years). Your electronic connection has become personal and meaningful. Haiti
I’ve come to the conclusion that far from keeping us isolated in our own techno-bubbles, social media like blogging, Facebook and Twitter have the power to bring people together; to help us better get to know and understand each other. I think of Liz’s friend Emilie. I started reading her blog before she learned of her illness. Like those of you who knew her, I followed her story closely thereafter. I never had the privilege of meeting Emilie, but I feel as if I knew her. I know what kind of mother she was; what kind of wife; what kind of woman. It was an honor to get to know her, even if it was only through electronic media, and I felt her loss deeply. I imagine the connection is even more meaningful when the electronic becomes a personal, face-to-face relationship, like the one Liz has developed with many of you. I know Liz values those relationships.
So keep up the great work, blogosphere. Thanks for sharing your talents, your insights, and your humor. I look forward to getting to know each of you even better in the days and years to come!
One final note – I write this on Father’s Day, and I couldn’t be prouder of my two wonderful, beautiful, talented daughters -- @lutherliz and @beautyredefined (follow them on Twitter). I'm proud to be your Dad!
Thank you Dad. I am proud to be your daughter. I love you. (Baby Goat does too!)
My Dad and Baby Goat on baby goat's first birthday