I have said many times I started blogging to jot down my memories, but that it became much more than that for me. The give and take in the blogging community has become a constant in my life that I am not sure I could do without anymore. In fact, as discussions about the failing economy reached a fevered pitch, I wondered how cyberspace would react if we really went all Mad Max and internet ties were broken. (Badly, I’m thinking.) At least for me, things would not be good. I joked that my broadband access would be the very last bill to go, that I would be clicking away at the computer by candlelight if I had to.
Well. Let’s hope it does not come to that.
But the thing I have appreciated most while watching fellow bloggers do their thing, is the sense of collective good karma that people seem to enjoy propogating. It’s a definite shift from my corporate america days of the 90’s. That’s one of the reasons I left the big skyscrapers of downtown to go work for a small cancer center and then eventually start my own business. I enjoy feeling good about my work, having a sense that others have my back, and giving credit where credit is due.
Not to say I won’t stand up for myself. I have also talked before about “The IB” – or Inner Bitch. And while I work hard to keep her shelved, she does have her time and a place. I like spreading the wealth, but I work hard, so I deserve to be recognized too, right?
This is the balance I try to find every day.
Giving back to me, but also giving back to others around me.
And so many of the bloggers I admire seem to cherish those values as well. When I look at a site like the Shutter Sisters, which is all about celebrating women’s photography – not to mention being downright uplifting in every sense of the word – I get goosebumps. And then I look at Kirtsy. (Which, by the way, I took a note from another hero of mine and nominated them for the 2009 Blogger’s Choice Awards, so go vote for them. And Shutter Sisters!) But Kirsty brings together all the things I have been talking about and adds another thing I adore: FUN.
I was in a work meeting yesterday and we were brainstorming about a project, and how we could get people involved. I started talking about the way the blog world does things, how excited people get about cool ideas, and it struck me how different things are now, for me personally *and* professionally.
I am very very very grateful.