“You’re all just wasting your time!” he said
By Kenneth Justice
~ A few weeks ago I was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania meeting with readers on my Drinking in the Culture Tour, my excuse to venture out into the world and see what this whole blogosphere is really like in face-to-face connections with fellow bloggers.
While at coffee I met a really nice fellow blogger; a mid-40ish woman, happily married with two children. She and her husband live in the greater Pittsburgh area and this woman loves blogging.
“I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for nearly ten years and blogging has given me the opportunity to feel like an adult” she said, “I’m not sure if you know what it’s like to be stuck at home with little children, but some days the highlight of my conversational experience is talking to my seven year old about his favorite cartoons” she said
The mother doesn’t regret her decision to stay-at-home, “I actually obtained my Master’s Degree in social work shortly before the birth of our first child and since my husband has a good job, I didn’t need to work” she said
The husband however doesn’t really ‘get’ the whole blogging thing, “He thinks that its nuts. He thought it was strange that I wanted to come out to coffee in order to meet you, but we ended up having a good conversation about all of this. I don’t think he truly realized how isolated I feel at times being stuck at home. The people I interact with on my blog have become a community to me, the conversations you and I have had over the past year mean a lot to me” she said
Conversation – Connectivity – Community
Those three buzzwords keep coming up all across the United States as I meet with people from city to city. In yesteryear, religious institutions were a big part of the community and connection that people received to fulfill that need in their pscyho-social makeup, but as religious institutions became more meeting driven, (focused on planned meetings and schedules) people were left hanging with the basic fundamental need of all humanity; the innate desire to simply hang out with friends and have good conversation. So many of us don’t want to go to yet another meeting, we simply want to enjoy each other’s company.
I’m hardly the most popular blogger out there. I can’t imagine what my coffee house tour would be like if I were Andrew Sullivan with one million readers and followers; I wouldn’t even be able to have conversations with people in each state because there would be too many people. So I’m thankful that while there have been a couple places where nearly a dozen people showed up; usually it’s a couple people that I get to sit with and enjoy a good conversation over a cup of coffee. I’m thankful to have made so many connections over the past year through my blog and it’s been through those conversations that I’ve been really challenged to think and expand my own perspective on life.
This Pittsburgh mother was highly educated; she has a lot to contribute to the world and she doesn’t want to feel like she’s stuck at home doing nothing with the education she received. Blogging has given her the opportunity to contribute to the world.
President Obama used a poor choice of words a couple years ago when he said, “Don’t listen to the bloggers”. There’s a negative perception out there that the blogging community is nothing but a bunch of loons spewing lies, hatred, and malicious gossip. Yet, if we want lies and malicious gossip we merely need to turn our television on.
—-) The President of the United States and our Government has been spying on other countries and refuse to even apologize about it
—-) The U.S. Government has killed multiple U.S. citizens without a trial or court order and refuses to apologize for their actions
—-) Newspapers and Media outlets constantly spew venom at both political parties in the United States (depending on the particular media’s political angle) yet if we are going to be honest about it; neither political party is doing anything all that good for positive social change in our culture.
I’m tired of the worn-out-cliché and attitude that blogging and bloggers are nothing more than a bunch of beatniks. The simple fact of the matter is that after visiting six U.S. states in the past two months I’ve met more lawyers, teachers, and highly educated people who are bloggers than I ever could of imagined.
Bloggers are not simply bored stay-at-home parents. They are people who want to contribute something positive to the world and they realize that the current structure of society at the government and academic level leaves a lot to be desired. If we are going to be honest about it, Academic Institutions have become more concerned with making money off of student’s backs and pushing their own B.S. agenda’s then they care about pure and unadulterated education.
I will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend and whether I only meet one fellow blogger or twenty, I’m going to continue being thankful for this unique experience. I can’t imagine what the future holds but I’m really excited about it
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning,
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