Coming off the Type-A Blogger Conference, I’ve been inspired to start writing more stuff that come from snippets of my daily life.
I am sitting in the Atlanta airport waiting for my flight home after the type-a blogging conference. I look around the waiting area and see everyone focused on something other than his or her surroundings. Most people have their noses buried in their personal electronics. I’ve got my laptop; many have their cell phones. A few folks have books and newspapers. I remember when we used to sit at airports and actually chat with one another. Strike up a conversation with a complete stranger; get to know a little about their lives and then part ways with well-wishes of safe travels.
Times have changed. I feel like I’d be seen as strange if I were to say hi to someone, other than possibly the person sitting next to me on the actual flight. It’s a shame that all of us who used to feel more comfortable chatting with a stranger will no longer do it.
So, instead of chatting with my neighbor, I’m blogging about the fact that I am NOT chatting with my neighbor. What would we do without our blogs? Type-A reminded me how the new way to connect with “strangers” is through the internet. These strangers often become friends. Sometimes better than the friends we actually see in person. Luckily, we have conferences like Type-A where we can have the opportunity to meet face to face (even though we still Tweet to each other during the conference).
Thanks for reminding me that blogging is meant to be a way for me to chat with the neighbor next to me. Who knows, maybe she will stumble upon my blog someday. I wonder if she’ll know that I wrote about HER.