This post is a two-fer.
My blogging doppleganger, Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher, recently nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. She wrote a great post about blogging and friendship, and how strange and wonderful it is that we get to know such personal details about each other through this online world we inhabit (click the link to read her post–it’s funny and thoughtful).
It inspired me to comment, to comment quite a bit. Below is just a little excerpt… she thanked me for my “succinct” insight, which I can only guess was a joke:
It helps satisfy a craving for mental stimulation, and it partly satisfies the need for connection, but I don’t think we can really get what we need without in-person human interaction. We’re apes, after all.
This is a whole new phenomenon, isn’t it?
Like you said, it’s similar to pen-pal type correspondence, except that it took days/ weeks to get a response through the mail. Now, the response can be immediate, which, together with the little notification icon lightingup, creates a habit loop that can lead to compulsion, and also lead to frustration when there isn’t immediate gratification.
In other words, we all just want to be loved and know that we have a place in this world.
Now it’s my turn to nominate folks for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, which brings me to the two-fer:
Kozo at Everyday Gurus has started Bloggers for Peace in an effort to do something actively to promote peace. Read all about this effort to blog at least once month about peace, how to link up, get the badge, etc.
So, this is my blog post for peace–in an effort to share some of the peace that these Very Inpiring Bloggers have brought to me through their friendship and encouragement, I nominate:
Kozo at Everyday Gurus (natch)
Gina at Professions for Peace who always inspires with wonderful quotations, images, and gentle encouragement. It is ALWAYS exactly what I need to hear. Thank you Gina.
Zully at Spiritual World Traveler who is on an inspiring journey of reflection and growth, and takes lovely pictures. I’m just getting to know her, but I learned about her through my final nominee,
Rufina at Being Rufina~Sharing Life’s Plate in Small Bits and Large Bites Rufina has used her blog to track her journey of self-discovery and change. It began with eating healthier but has become so much more than that. Rufina has been with me since I started blogging, and was one of the first bloggers to reach out to me and offer encouragement. Her support and insight have meant so much to me, and inspired me to be a better blogger and better human. Thank you, Rufina!
And now that you’ve been nominated, here is the way to pay it forward:
Very Inspiring Blogger Award Rules
- Display the award logo on your blog. Done
- Link back to the person/s who nominated you. Done
- State 7 things about yourself. See below
- Nominate other bloggers for this award and link to them. Done
Seven things about me:
1. I am supposed to be picking up my first-grader in two minutes. Ooops. Gotta go.
2. I just ran 10 blocks to the school and then walked back. I loathe that. (Or at least I used to. My kid goes to a much closer school now, allowing me to live up to my ideals.)
3. I am doing my part to raise the next generation of neurotic navel-gazers.
4. I’m not a runner. I do practice yoga, even though my yoga mat is toxic.
5. I am plagued by premature navigation.
6. I am plagued by self-doubt.
Okay, so, go on now.
Go be inspiring. Go create a little bit of peace for yourself, and for all of us, in your blogs.
We are windows and mirrors to each other.