I’m still here. We’ve been away for Spring Break – a quick trip to LEGOLand, with a pit stop at the San Diego Zoo (which we didn’t realize is really designed for the ultra physically fit and not really easily walkable for little ones). We stayed in a hotel right across the street from an outlet mall that, to our daily delight, has a Starbucks, a bagel shop, and an ice cream place where you pick your toppings and they "smush" them into the ice cream for you, giving you an on-the-spot custom blend. Right behind that mall are the Flower Fields of Carlsbad, which are in bloom right now. The fields are an amazingly beautiful, expanse of brightly colored flowers that look like stripes of color from afar.
I kept up with some of my “daily” blogs via my Palm T|X from the hotel room. Gotta love that! Press the “on” button, hit connect, and “boom,” you’re online. (The whole process is about 1000 times faster than via laptop, partly because there’s no boot time.) But, it’s hard (and on some blogs, impossible) to “comment” via the Palm browser. (I tried recently at Mommio’s, and could only get the comment in as “anonymous.”) The Palm browser also doesn’t do a super job with a lot of the kinds of layouts we find on blogs. Some of them don’t work at all, but most of the ones I return to time and again are readable via Palm. (I have to admit, my own blog has layout issues on the Palm.)
So, Palm in hand over the last week, I’ve been lurking even when I would normally have left a comment. But that’s okay. Honestly, on some of my favorite blogs, I just lurk anyway. There are a few places I stop in every time I sit down to read blogs because I know there will be good, interesting, inspiring knitting content – and pictures. And there are blogs where I have a 50/50 chance of finding the aforementioned knitting content or else engaging parenting anecdotes. I often drop comments on these blogs. Then there are the celebrity blogs. I read a few of them and one of them often. It’s a blog I love. But when a blog is already getting hundreds of comments a day, does another comment matter? How many “here! here!” comments does a blogger need? Then there are two blogs I really look forward to reading. I like each woman’s writing voice. I like their content. They are partners, and one blog is part knitting, part life; one is mostly life, but it’s a life I’m familiar with, it’s a life I sort of know because I live with someone whose life it is. There is something compelling and familiar about reading her blog even though it's often painful and scary. I wish I “knew” these people. These are people like me. The two blogs, together, are like a puzzle. You get bits and pieces of stories filtered through different perspectives and frameworks. It’s fascinating to read them in tandem. These are people I would really click with, I always think to myself. But, I don’t leave comments. I occasionally leave comments on the part-knitting blog, but the comments don't capture what I “feel” when I read the blog. The comments are usually surface-level comments on yarns or colors, leaving the "personal" aside. The comments don't forge a “connection” in the way it seems they might. I left comments on the "mostly life" blog a few times when I first started reading, but now I just read. I always get the sense the blog isn’t about making connections. It’s more about putting it out there. Period. More often than not, I don’t leave a comment either place even though their posts often really catch me off guard with their pain, honesty, and tenderness.