Hello, dear strangers on the same train!

How is it that of 300 or so subscribers to my blog, there are at least a hundred I haven’t met in real life? I definitely wasn’t expecting this when I first started this blog 3 months ago.

Last night, a good friend remarked that this recent post was a breath of fresh air. “It’s nice when you post about less heavy stuff once in a while,” he said. I suppose as blog followers began expanding beyond my little social circle, I subconsciously began cutting out potential posts that would be irrelevant to a readership that probably looks something like this:

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There are other spaces for college rants and food cravings and other self-indulgent posts, I thought, like Facebook. But then I realized, for people who don’t know me in real life, I must come across as either (A) a super intense person,  or (B) someone who takes herself too seriously. Well, in a sense, B is kind of true — I take myself very seriously — but the same way I (try to) take others very seriously, and C.S. Lewis puts it really well: “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendor.” Sorry, that escalated quickly. But seriously, though.

Let me end on a lighthearted note, with another random recording my friend Ben and I made over the weekend.

Colors of the Wind! What could be more lighthearted than Disney? (Maybe try to ignore the possibility that this song could be an environmentalist’s anthem, or an attack on white supremacy…)

But thank you, thank you for your interest in the things I write/post. It’s been a huge encouragement to know that I have thoughts and life experiences that are worth sharing. I’ve greatly enjoyed reading about yours too. 🙂 Even if we don’t know each other, I’m thankful for the common calling(s) we share, wherever you find yourself in that Venn diagram.

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7 thoughts on “Hello, dear strangers on the same train!”

  1. Thanks so much for stopping by God, autism and me. Welcome aboard this WordPress “train.” I’ve “met” some wonderful people and my blogging experiences has evolved into a wonderful experience. Be Blessed! 🙂

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  2. I struggle with that balance, too, blogging the heavy stuff vs. the more uplifting stuff. I try to pepper even the heavy stuff with a little bit of humor and I almost always try to bring the discussion to scripture, mostly to remind myself of the hope we have in Jesus even in dark times.

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  3. Anybody who goes to my blog would think I’m superintense as well–I think for many of us, our blogs are the place we go to vent about opinions/views/deeper thoughts that our Facebook friends may be tired of hearing about. I know that at this point, my friends all roll their eyes when I post something about politics again. And in your Venn diagram, the type of reader I’m most likely to fit is the mental health sufferer :p Oh well….

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  4. Humor’s awesome… but be yourself. Continue to write from the heart. Sometimes the act of speaking out from the middle of our own darkness lights a blazing fire to give others hope– we are still here. We are still hoping. We are still believing. We know God is in control and nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from Him. Not darkness, not depression, not abandonment, not pain.

    Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. -Dr. Seuss 🙂

    Merry Christmas and blessings in 2014 from another intense person! Intense and proud!

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