April 03, 2008

The Strangers You Know

Bloggers.

Does this happen to you?

When you read a blog for a period of time do you find yourself KNOWING when something is wrong with the blogger?

I think so.

I believe that when you read a blog regularly you get to know the blogger-even though you may have never met them.

You can tell something is wrong, even if they don't explicitly post there is something wrong. You can tell something is wrong by the words they use or don't use,their tone, how frequently they are blogging, what they are blogging.

Have you noticed that too?

12 Comments:

Anonymous adoro said...

Depends on what it is. Sometimes the blogger is just busy with life outside the blogging world...and they don't necessarily announce that. (Imagine...life outside of the internet? Really? What a concept!)

Other times...yes.

April 03, 2008 7:51 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Who are you talking about? Georgette? Hon - she hasn't been blogging for over a year. Put the drink down now Cathy!

Oh, BTW - I'm convinced Gerald's wife is writing some of his posts - that's how well I think I can pick up on his style.

Then, did you know Deb of UKOK thought my blog was a group blog? LOL! She thought the posts varied so much, more than one person was writing. So maybe the blog you are referring to in this post - maybe the author has multiple personality disorder?

April 03, 2008 9:45 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Cathy - I totally agree with you. Sometimes it is easier to "read between the lines" than folks suspect.

Terry - I've noticed the same thing about Cafeteria and you are a group. A very, very sick group. But my life wouldn't be complete without you.

April 03, 2008 2:54 PM  
Blogger Tom in Vegas said...

Most definitely. Certain anomalies, although subtle, don't go undetected.

April 03, 2008 5:42 PM  
Blogger Fr. V said...

It is difficult to tell exactly WHAT is going on - but yes, you can tell that SOMETHING is going on. Is it a loss of interest in blogging or . . .

Although there have been some times that bloggers have known something was "wrong" and called the person on it and it bore fruit.

I suppose if you suspect, it is good to at least ask . . . we all like to know someone is concerned even if they call it wrong.

April 03, 2008 6:39 PM  
Anonymous eliztrin said...

Part of me agrees w/ you 100%. You can read between the lines, and sooner or later, they say something blatent that confirms your suspcions.

Part of me says no not be so quick to judge (ME, not you!) because the written word can so easily be misunderstood. I have to be so careful to not read voice tone and attitude into emails and blogs. I had someone recently get very offended by a remark I made in an email, and never intended to offend in the least ... she misunderstood my words by 'hearing' something I hadn't intended.

2 sides to every coin, I guess....

April 03, 2008 8:28 PM  
Blogger Quantitative Metathesis said...

In which I petition to be allowed back into the "local blogs" category of your blogroll. Even though the "Diaspora" is more exclusive, and my heart is still in Roma, I really do live in Saint Paul these days. Just ask the deacons at St. Agnes. ;-)

April 03, 2008 8:59 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

What the heck are you people talking about?

Signed,

All of us at abbey Roads.

April 03, 2008 9:11 PM  
Blogger Jeffrey Smith said...

I know what you mean.

April 04, 2008 5:00 AM  
Blogger Laura The Crazy Mama said...

Totally! But only the blogs of my longtime friends and the ones I read every time they post.

It kind of bugs me that my blog is open to everyone in my family now (and they do read it!) because when I really do have a serious problem, I can't really blog about it because it reveals too much. Does that make sense? I've had some major, spiritual issues but I can't really "talk" about them on my blog because people in my parish and my priest read my blog. Hmph.
I don't think anyone's picked up on it though. I've tried to keep my blog about my goofy kids or things I think are funny or interesting.

April 04, 2008 5:31 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Poor, Terry. LOL! Really, I meant this post in very general terms. I'm not talking about anyone in particular.

QM: Consider it done! I was moving you back and forth as you traveled but I will put you back in the local blog column!

Crazy Mama: I know exactly what you mean. I have the same "issue"

April 04, 2008 6:19 AM  
Anonymous Georgette said...

Cathy, yes I agree. When we read a person's blogs often we can pick up on their moods or lack thereof!

Ter, you are too funny!!!

April 04, 2008 9:25 AM  

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