Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fingerprints and Blogging


Have you ever noticed that everyone's blog roll is different? Even very like-minded people have blog rolls that express their individuality. Yours may be more heavily into children and babies, like my daughters, or music, or poetry, or art. But all of them seem to have an exclusive fingerprint, expressing that person's desire for friendship, understanding, faith, caring, and education. We run to the ones that are our teachers when we feel down, and to the ones that make us laugh when we need a good one. We reach out to those that we feel might need a friend, and gladly accept the hand of friendship from others. We revel in the good fortunes of our blogging buddies and strive to give heartfelt advice to those going through tough times. And all through this amazing labyrinth, we find what we need and what may need to be given. One of a kind fingerprints. Possible relationships with people all over the world. People who are much more similar to us than not. Each with their own blog roll, expressing their distinctness.

The dynamic nature of such an interface is remarkable. You are free to pick and choose among an ever-expanding field of extraordinary writers. The trouble for me is finding the time to follow all the ones I want to follow. I only give a cursory glance at all of the news programs that I once followed so carefully. Books remain unread. All the while I float around cyberspace learning more in a day about a variety of topics that I never imagined even existed. 

What about you? Do you have an expanding fingerprint/blog roll?

31 comments:

Rain said...

My blog roll expands slowly but surely on a weekly basis. I have to be particularly careful though because I get anxious when I see a large list and it creates too much pressure for me. But part of my daily routine is allowing myself a few hours of internet time each day. I used to just flip through things, skimming and sending courtesy responses to people because I had too much on my plate before, I didn't really appreciate what I liked doing - well,didn't know to be honest. I get so much out of reading blogs and commenting, relating, that I make that time because it's very relaxing and rewarding for me! I feel as though I've left my fingerprint in other countries where I've never even been!

Lori ann said...

It's tricky for sure. I could easily spend all my time going to one after the other, everyone is fabulous and EVERYthing is interesting to me. Problem is, I run out of time to keep my own going!heehee. I have had to limit my computer time.
♥ lori

Sniffles and Smiles said...

So easy to get lost in blogging...I'm with you!

ellen abbott said...

Our individuality shines through in our blogs. I never read blogs until the day I decided to start one just a few short months ago. I feel lucky to have stumbled on to the ones I have found, leaping around from list to list. I have a fairly short list that I follow but I am adding to it slowly, making friends I hope. This week I am trying to get this job well under way so I am sort of treading water now, making a few comments on my short list of reads. No time to explore new ones, maybe next week.

I had a pen pal when I was growing who lived in England. We corresponded for many years. This is a modern version of that I think.

Rachael said...

I am certainly trying!

I currently only have 2 followers, and you of course who comes to visit from time to time. Until a few weeks ago I was only blogging on myspace. Wish I had just stuck with blogger when I started in 2002!

I'm sure my blog roll will get there someday! In the meantime, I enjoy following yours and all the interesting people who come to comment here. :)

Nazeeha said...

u said it right !! .. i lov bloggin coz i hav a feelin inside that,there is someone out there listening to u with all interest!! and its really nice know people like you whom i may not meet in life and read what you you wanna say world.

and like RAIN said there is a feelin inside lik i have left fingerprint in other countries where i have never been. :)

thank you for visitin my profile :)

Joanne said...

It's so nice to be able to build that list of virtual neighbors we stop in at and visit with, customizing the blogrolls to our interests. It's a great community, isn't it, with friends from near and far keeping in touch!

Lee said...

I just recently added your blog to my blog roll.

Spiritual Journey said...

Well said. Thanks for articulating my thoughts.

Marguerite said...

So true. There are not enough hours in the day to follow all of the great blogs that I would like to follow. But, I enjoy reading the ones that inspire me.

TheChicGeek said...

Excellent post. My blog roll keeps growing and growing. There are so many people I love to visit and there just aren't enough hours in a day. So many wonderful writers, ideas, inspirations, gosh, everything. I love bloggers!

~Brittainy said...

I find mine slowly getting up there. But I am always editing it to suit my needs.

Lover of Life said...

Rain - I know what you mean. I have to limit me time, too.

Lori - I know, you can look up and it's hours later!

Sniffles - Lost is a good word. Sometimes you follow comments and before you know it you forget where you started.

Ellen - I think this is very much like having pen-pals.

Rachael - I think it takes time to roam around. Not everyone has a lot of time to spend doing it. It just means your blog roll grows a little more slowly.

Lover of Life said...

Nazeeha - I agree with connecting to other people you would probably never meet. It has opened my eyes to lots of things.

Joanne - It certainly is a community, that's for sure.

Lee - Thank you. I will visit you as well.

Spiritual - You're welcome. Love your moniker.

Marguerite - Really - just not enough hours in the day.

Chic - I know exactly what you mean!

Brittany - Editing is a good idea. Sometimes it is just time to move on.

linda said...

what a lovely post and we are both in the same boat, which is lovely! my television watching is over, my reading is maybe a bit less but not my blogging...I must visit those I care about as often as I can as there is so much to receive and give, it's a blessing for us all...I look at my blog ROLL*S* and realize one can never have enough blogs to appreciate!

I started categorizing mine! some are dear friends all the way to those that have scrumptious pictures or art...in case there are offerings my bloggy friends might like...it's like a huge picnic and a blessing in my life...thank you for this wonderful post!

I have given you an award without obligation, just because I think you have a wonderful and thought provoking blog I thoroughly enjoy...and your comments are always uplifting...I would love to know more about you if you feel inspired to play but no worries :)
xoxox

Gemel said...

A fabulous way to bring souls together indeed....

Azzam "MaZ" aka Isinibad Mahmood said...

It's been a couple days and I'm already getting into blogging. Just put up my first post today and I'm feeling good just browsing.

CrazyCris said...

What a wonderful way to put it!

My blogroll grows ever so slowly... usually when a "blog of note" catches my eye. Although if I'm bored and looking for something new to read sometimes I look through other people's blogrolls and recommendations or go down to Blogger's "Coffee Shop" and see if I can spot anything interesting there.

I actually prefer for now having a more reduced number of blogs I follow, so far I still find the time to read what everyone writes and frequently comment (as you've seen). I'm afraid if the list gets too long I'll no longer be able to keep track of them all!

It is indeed waaaay too easy to get blog-addicted! I started of blogging very casually, not even once a week. But lately I've been finding more and more things I want to talk about, and my "quick" posts end up taking me a couple of hours to put together! I end up staying up too late so I haven't read almost anything this month (I usually read before bed). And I've realised how much time it takes from other things I have pending! This week I've actually had to step back a bit from the blog to take care of other stuff... So yeah, blogging is a wonderful hobby and through our blogs we discover new people from all over the place with interesting things to say, but we have to maintain a line between our computers and the rest of our lives!

Hmmm... now why didn't I just write all that in a post of my own?! Sorry 'bout that!

Anthony and Emily said...

Even as the readers write their individuals ideas on blogging, it's evident that there are people scattered all through out the world sharing the same thoughts, ideas, feelings, and concerns. It reminds me of the video you posted with the guy dancing all around the world. This is OUR dance, let's call it "The Blogger Shuffle"!

Natalie said...

I only have a select few on my blog roll on my actual page. These were blogs that didn't have the follower's widget installed. I follow from my dashboard only, and try to alternate visits to people, so everyone gets a turn.
So mine is not truly representative of who I am, or who I follow....Hmmm.I have often thought to change it.
I miss reading at night, but miss blogging more.
Kindred spirits draw me in,and you know you are one.xx♥

Kathy G said...

I need to update my blogroll again. Recently I've tended to just add them to my RSS reader and follow them from there. The ones that make the grade (that I still enjoy reading after several weeks) get transferred to my blog.

☆ Sandra C. said...

ya, blog roll's just like people we meet in life, i think.

i still have few blogs, but lots listed on my favourites link in my computer, i try to visit every blog before i link them, to make sure i really like and appreciate the content.

Lover of Life said...

Linda - Thanks for the award - I'll stop by. After just reading a dose of Econo-Whiner and then your post, I have to say - thank you for being so positive. It is a blessing to have that today.

Gamel - Thank you. Us souls need each other.

Azzam - Welcome to the blog world!

Crazy - LOL! I know exactly what you mean!

Anthony & Emily - Perfect - "The Blogger Shuffle"!

Natalie - Thanks and I do know what you mean about kindred spirits - it is truly amazing.

Kathy - Good plan. I add them to my dashboard and then my blog roll.

Sandra C - I usually visit several times also. And I do delete some now and then. It's not anything against the blog - just moving on. I think we change over time - so why shouldn't our blogs? It's that dynamic nature that is so compelling.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I started blogging for business and it has turned into something totally different. I find the best artwork, poetry, inspiration, fashion, home decor...everything! I love to look at an eclectic blogroll!

scarlethue said...

I was JUST thinking that I've added too many blogs to my list and I need to edit them. But I've been saying for weeks that I need to clean out my purse and haven't done that yet either. The stack of books on my nightstand is growing bigger and bigger too, as I delve further into blogs. But I find reading about other people's real lives and thoughts so engrossing.

Hilary said...

Absolutely. I update it occasionally from the many more that I have in my Reader. The downside is that I have begun to have too many to read on a regular basis. And yet, I'll get around to them all eventually.. just not all of the posts.

Lover of Life said...

Alicia - I started just to get into the habit of writing on a regular basis, and also found a world of interesting people, topics, and blog rolls. Who knew?

Scarlethue - It's hard to delete blogs, and clean my purse, too! LOL - My pile of books is finally starting to decline, but some have just been put back on the shelf, to make more time for blog reading.

Hilary - I have the same problem. But I always visit sooner or later. And funny thing is - I'm always happy I did.

A Clockwork Orange said...

very nice insight :)
blogrolls are most likely reflective of one's interests :)

pranksygang said...

recently i have fallen i love with blogging. blogs have changed my mind and i m spending my time usefully with it....
i don fix with one writer.. i try to collect a different kinda writers so that i enjoy in all ways....
and i m slowly expanding my blog list..

Phoebe Miriah Kirby said...

Sometimes I find it hard to communicate my emotions and my individuality in the real world (what? There's a real world outside of blooger? :D) and I turn my entire focus on my blogs. It's the best kind of personal therapy, and it makes me more aware of who I am and what I stand for.
Blogging is this giant information exchange without the library fees and long lines.
I think it's phenomenal.

vicki archer said...

What a great analogy - the fingerprint. Mine is ever growing and changing daily. Good to have found yours, xv.