Saturday, January 17, 2009

I've been thinking

I've also been unsuccessfully trying to flush my toilet every 20 minutes or so. But that's not why I'm writing.

I started Pratfalls mainly to keep Jim company in his blogging endeavor (his blog, Beer and Wisdom, is still on my blogroll. I like the economics of love post). Ironically, he now only blogs for work, and I'm the one at 272 posts since May. I didn't expect it to be so fun. I've always kept journals, but this is far different - instead of hiding it under my underwear in a dresser drawer, I put this out on the Great Big Interweb. And it's still fun. Maybe it's some repressed exhibitionism. Getting comments is ridiculously gratifying.

I also never expected to find some amazing fellow bloggers. I'd been wary of all eating-disorder-related internet items after foolishly checking out some pro-anorexia blogs for a class. Good idea there, sparky. I didn't know that there were people out there like me, who were trying to get better, to recover, and who were willing to share their stories and experiences and hard-earned lessons. The people I've encountered are brave, tough, sometimes vulnerable, and honest about this shitty thing that came into our lives and doesn't want to let go. When someone succeeds, we cheer; when someone struggles, we offer what support we can in a few typed words.

And dammit, I'm proud of us. Of the honesty and the courage you all show. It seems weird, I know, because I've never met any of you in person. But internet friendships are no longer the shady, potentially creepy thing they used to be, and friendships in general are what we make them.

So thank you, everybody. You're all doing a very good thing.


Tiptoe said...

It's really quite amazing how much difference blogging can make. There is lovely element to this type of networking.

Thank you to you too.

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