Monday, November 10, 2008

Another crack in the firmament

This weekend, I broke my all anonymous, all the time rule. I met LAS of This Too Shall Pass in New York City. She was here to visit friends, and since we spend most every day on chat tied at the back of the mind, I figured it was cowardly and absurd not to meet her. Several thoughts went through my mind as I contemplated this meeting. In no particular order:

1) What if online simpatico does not equal real life simpatico? What if in person the whole thing is just wrong?
2) What if she thinks I am stupid, ugly, fat, or smelly?
3) What if we can't agree on whether to eat nachos or burgers?

Like all post-modern problems, these seemed terribly important until the moment when LAS got out of the cab and we met on the corner in front of the house (the one I live in now).

Really knowing someone over the internet is not easy to do. To read a person's blog is not to know the person. LAS and I didn't really know each other when we met on Saturday and now we do. I am glad of this and I hope she is, too.

Sidebar: my befuddlement continues. I am doing much better, but finding myself hesitant to write about the really interesting stuff in my life right now. This might be the time to make a natural break from blogging - or to at least find a new home. Wordpress? Anyone with any strong opinion is invited and encouraged to let me know.

I miss reading all your blogs and I miss writing mine. See the above befuddlement. "It" is not over, but it may, in the long run, be different.



Avitable said...

Wordpress and your own domain might be good, although even a new blogger blog might give you some fresh ground.

Catherine said...

There is a lot to like about Wordpress. Maybe go play with it using a false account just to see what you think?

Annie said...

Change is almost always good :-).

sybil law said...

Wherever you go, just please let me know!
Glad you met someone out of the computer. It's always good to make new friends!!

cajunvegan said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am still here and hope to follow you wherever you go.

Kate P said...

Cool! Do what's best for you. . . and just know you have followers. :)

Maggie said...

We love you here, but we'd love you elsewhere as well. Just please do not stop blogging altogether; we'd miss you!

(If you decide to keep up this trend of real-life friend-making, my offer of Dark and Stormies still stands. I'll be back in NYC on the 21st.)

nightfly said...

I've met occasional blogfriends, and it's pretty cool. I only wish I had been free for the big meet in Jersey that Fausta organized a few months back.

When (or whether or not) you blog again, we've got your back, Nina. Like Sybil said, let us know where you get to!

Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner said...

I find changing blogs once in a while is very important for creativity, sanity, you name it.

tiff said...

Secret blogs are kind of awesome, as is meeting bloggy friends. I've met a few, fell madly in love with another, so it can be beneficial. :)

M@ said...

I've met quite a few bloggers in real life. It's called de-virtualization. It's surreal.