It’s kinda funny. Y’all join me here every week–hundreds, sometimes thousands of you if my stats don’t lie–but it’s as if I’m on a blindingly lit stage, and you all are invisible to me in the audience. I don’t really know you’re there unless you make a noise.
I personally don’t like the feeling of being on a virtual stage. I would rather a coffee shop or a bright sunny day at the park, us chatting on a bench together. That’s how I look at my blog–not as a stage, but a bench we can sit on as we mutually encourage each other.
I have no desire to stand on a stage and pontificate at you. I seek to bring words to this blog in the New Year that would be the most encouraging and helpful to you, but to do that, I kinda need to see who I’m talking to.
Would you be willing to step into the light and introduce yourself? I’d be thrilled if you’d join me in the comments and let me get to know you better.
While some bloggers are closing the comments on their blogs this year, I’m inspired to invest even deeper in the relationships to be built in the quiet, open spaces of a blog’s comment section. If social media gets a bit hectic and loud for you, I invite you to join the conversation on your favorite blog.
I’ve come up with a list of questions we would ask each other if we were visiting at the park, and I’m gonna answer them myself to help you get to know me better. Then it’s your turn.
1. What type of device are you reading this on?
I’m typing this on my laptop on my couch, but I do most of my blog reading on an old, cracked and fading Galaxy SIII.
2. What is your favorite cold drink?
I’ve lately got the hang of flavored kombucha and my last batch blew my mind–I stuck a half an orange and a cinnamon stick in the second brew and the resulting “Orange Spice Kombucha” tasted like Christmas and Sunshine.
3. What was the last book you read that earned the word “Awesome”?
Pirate Hunter by Tom Morrisey was one of the novels I read over my Christmas Break Extended by Sickness. I love when an author takes me somewhere I’ll probably never go myself–in this case a shipwreck dive site–using jargon that makes me feel I’m there, without bogging me down with too many technical details. I was delightfully surprised by the quality of the writing and the clean way he wove two story lines together.
4. What language do you wish you could speak fluently?
Dutch. So that I could speak the language of my grandparents and not be so lost when I someday visit the land of my heritage.
5. What place holds your sweetest childhood memories?
A suburb of Raleigh, NC, where I spent 7 years of my childhood, most of it playing monkey in the trees of our backyard with my brothers.
6. What’s something you collect?
I used to collect Delft. Now I’m collecting “No’s” (more on that in this post).
7. What’s a blog you never miss a post from?
I love the Nester. She does everything (including imperfection) with class.
8. What is your favorite breakfast?
I adore a big, juicy omelet with lots of veggies and bacon and mushrooms. All that so I can justify some sugary pastry or chocolate or something.
9. What’s your favorite type of post on this here blog?
As an extrovert and verbal processor, I love any post that gets conversation going. Maybe this one??? 😉
10. How many kids do you have?
I have 4. But if we were meeting for coffee or a park date, you’d see this…
#5 is due the beginning of July. 😉
Your turn to unlurk! Pick one question from the above list and answer in a comment. Bonus points if it’s the first time you’ve commented. Oh, and if you have a blog, do share! I’d love to visit you!
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