There are definitely a few advantages to living a train ride away from NYC, and I’m not referring to the high cost of living… I got to meet three other bloggers (El Guapo, Brain Tomahawk, and Rollergiraffe) this week! It was great meeting all of you!
In the process, I also got to spend a couple days wandering around NYC and riding on NYC transit. As my husband and I were waiting for our train, we stopped to watch a woman sing. And that’s when it hit me. The musicians at Penn Station are doing exactly what a lot of bloggers are doing. They’re hanging out, doing what they love, and hoping that maybe they’ll get lucky in the process. Blogs actually have a lot in common with traveling around New York City.
1. There’s a lot of people, a lot of products, and a lot of stimuli all vying for your attention. It’s easy to get lost and at times overwhelming. Yet despite all the people it can also be lonely, especially if you don’t make any attempt to connect with other humans.
2. A quick glance rarely tells you much. You can walk past something/someone fifty times without noticing it, only to be struck by it at a later point.
3. Some people know exactly where they’re going. Other people clearly have no destination and meander aimlessly. (I’m not criticizing here; pointless meandering is one of my specialties.)
4. Everywhere you look, you see and smell food. This is great… except for when you’re on a health kick.
5. People over-share, whether accidentally or on purpose. Sometimes this is fascinating. (Vulnerability can be well-done.) Other times, it’s a complete train-wreck.
6. If you spend enough time blogging, you will see a little bit of everything. If you spend enough time on public transit, you will also see a little bit of everything…
7. We each come with our own superficial prejudices, whether we admit it or not. I originally didn’t read a friend’s blog because of his avatar. Later, he changed his avatar, and I started reading him. It didn’t even dawn on me (until months later) that in his old picture, he looked a lot like the guy who propositioned us as children.
8. Some blogs are exactly like Dunkin Donuts, well-marketed, huge, and magnificent. Other blogs are like Starbucks, well-marketed, everywhere… and a bit over-rated.
9. Art is entirely subjective. One person’s odd hunk of metal is another person’s beautiful sculpture. Ditto for subway graffiti and blogging. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean everyone else will feel the same.
10. A friendly proprietor can make or break a restaurant or a business. Ditto for blogging.
What do you think? In what ways do you find blogging imitates life?
*If I don’t respond to comments for a few days, please don’t hold it against me. We are expecting power outages from the hurricane. In other words, it’s not you, it’s me…