The internet is such a complicated invention. Blogs in particular allow a person to learn intimate details about another, things that ‘pre-world wide web’ would only have been revealed after a face to face friendship had developed over a period of time. Part of me finds this aspect of blogging disconcerting. I’m a fairly private person myself, am generally careful what I write on my own blog, and at times I feel I’m invading someone else’s privacy by reading their blog. It almost makes me feel ashamed of myself sometimes, although that doesn’t stop me from reading on.
I regularly follow the blogs of several other Yukoners. Over the last few days, I have learned that the toddler of one blogger has been having seizures. To my knowledge, I haven’t met this woman, yet in a strange way I feel I know her. I’ve been saddened by her miscarriage and overjoyed when she reported that she was pregnant again. I’ve enjoyed the original music she writes, performs and posts on-line. And I’ve chuckled at the antics of her little girl. Now, just as I would a friend, I find myself worrying about this blogger and her family and praying for her little girl to get better. I want to offer to help, but what person in their right mind is going to accept help from a stranger? What a weird situation for me to be in and what an odd beast the internet is. Has anyone else ever experienced this sort of thing?