Making the Connection

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Textures by Kim Klasson: Luminous, 80% overlay and Lola, 50% multiply

Connections. We all want them. We all need them.

Every single one of us is created for relationships. It’s wired into our DNA. Our first connection is with our parents. Oh how we, as parents, thrill when our baby smiles at us for the first time. It reaffirms the belief that we’re worthy, special and needed. For better or worse, parents are the first imprint on a child’s emotional development, setting the tone for their ability to form lasting relationships later in life.

But aside from our relationships with family, we crave connections with others as well. We long to have someone with whom we can be intimate with and share special moments. We search out those that share our interests and call them friends. We seek solace and refreshment in nature, feeling the special connection we have with other living things. We look to the stars and wonder if there are “others” out there like us.

And some of us blog.

For those that don’t, this won’t make any sense. But the connections formed in the blogosphere are sometimes every bit as valuable as the BFF across town. While they’ll never take the place of in-person, face-to-face conversations, they’re still connections I’m happy to consider as friends.

Call it social media. Call it a subculture. Call it whatever you’d like. But where else can virtually anyone bridge the distance gap and have connections in Italy as well as across the nation in California, Oregon, Nebraska, Georgia, Virginia, New York and coastal New England?! And I’d be thrilled to meet for breakfast/lunch/happy hour/dinner with each and every one of them (okay, maybe not breakfast since I’m not a morning person). My guess is we’d be able to talk for hours. One could say we, in fact, meet and visit almost every day as it is anyway.

And even though blogging affords a certain amount of anonymity, I believe I know many of my more faithful commenters almost as well as my close, personal friends. And to you all I say thank you! Building bridges and connections take time. And I truly appreciate the time you all have taken to stop in and regularly leave comments. I look forward to “seeing” you…or at least your gravetar. 🙂

Relationships. Like bridges, we need them in many different forms to make connections that enrich our lives and make us complete.

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28 thoughts on “Making the Connection

  1. My sentiments exactly – I have talked to Robert a lot about this recently – my blogging world connections mean so much to me – and believe me, I would love to be able to sit down with them (you) over a coffee, apertivo, glass of red wine or whatever …… maybe one day hey ??

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  2. Okay, first I have to say……..faaaaaaabulous photo, Lisa! It’s just lovely! But then all of your photos are.

    “But the con­nec­tions formed in the blo­gos­phere are some­times every bit as valu­able as the BFF across town. While they’ll never take the place of in-person, face-to-face con­ver­sa­tions, they’re still con­nec­tions I’m happy to con­sider as friends.”

    I totally agree! I can honestly say that in the 7 years I’ve been blogging, I’ve met some of the most awesome people who I consider friends – and GOOD friends. I’ve met a lot of the people I blog with (in fact, I’m meeting one in July) who were every bit as fabulous as they are on their blogs. I think thorough the Internet, where we use WORDS and not always PICTURES, we can tell a lot from the ‘energy’ behind their words.

    In many cases, if it weren’t for the Internet, people who are homebound would never have the opportunity to socialize with other people.

    I’m so glad we’ve met, Lisa. Truly. So thank YOU. It’s been a pleasure.

    X

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    • Thanks Ron! I really hope to meet some of my bloggy friends someday. You always have such complimentary, nice things to say. So thank YOU!

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  3. What a charming little bridge! It never ceases to amaze me how ‘connective’ the internet is. I really have made {and met} some terrific friends on the internet.

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  4. What a wonderful, insightful post Lisa. I treasure the friendships I’ve made through blogging — many have spanned several years.

    Lovely image — just a perfect, light edit. xo

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  5. Yes, yes, yes to your post! I love the way blogging builds bridges. I think this is the first time I’ve found you. I was drawn to the photo of the covered bridge in Texture Tuesdays. My grandpa proposed to my grandma on a covered bridge so I’ve been fascinated with them all my life. Nice to “meet” you this week!

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    • Sharon, very nice to “meet” you as well! I’m sure your grandpa’s love story is one that will be passed down through generations to come!

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  6. Sooo much truth to your words on this post. And I love your covered bridge. Do you ever wonder why they cover bridges? Adding you to my bloglines…. 🙂

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