December 8, 2010

I skipped Monday’s #reverb10 to take a mental break. I skipped Tuesday because the world was going crazy, but I’m feeling the urge to pick up yesterday’s prompt and write.

Two years ago I discovered the magnificence of blogs. Real blogs, with updates and RSS feeds and relevant information for my life. I devoured the accidental yogist and then things like 43Folders, ZenHabits and the Simple Dollar. From there I moved on to KathEats (which I’ve read almost daily for over a year now) and Dooce. I was all into life hacks and productivity and food.

And then, this year, there was a shift.

I began reading Susannah Conway, Kelly Rae Roberts, Tracy Clark and Gwen Bell. I was amazed by their creativity, their honesty and the community drawn into their circles.

I’ve known for a while now that I am one lonely fish. I’m not sure why this is. I have a large network, but not a ton of close friends. I don’t have a uniting activity in my life. I have lots of acquaintances – people who I see a few times per year or know me via my job – but I don’t have a lot of stronger, deeper relationships. I certainly don’t have a tribe. Not yet anyway.

So today I thought, “I’m avoiding this community prompt b/c I feel I don’t have one. OK, so, I don’t have a community, but what is it that I’m so drawn to this year within these blogs?” And I thought, “It’s the STORIES”.

That’s probably why I started my own blog. Not to express myself, though that’s part of the deal, but to feel more included when reading other’s blogs, posts, tirades. To participate. I am standing with my toe in the water, but I haven’t jumped in yet. I’m open to suggestions on HOW TO. It’s something I hope to build on in 2011.

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  • Reply Tricia December 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Justine — I found your blog through Reverb 10. I too am lacking a community, which I wrote about today, although not quite as eloquently as you! I too read Kelly Rae, Tracy Clark, etc. and have always had a secret wish to be a part of that group of friends. I almost mentioned it in my blog today but chickened out. I am digging the Reverb 10 challenge and am happy that I came across your blog!

    • Reply justine December 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Tricia!

  • Reply cate December 11, 2010 at 2:29 am

    well said! what is it about our lives that makes those connections so hard to find, maintain and sustain? I, too, will be trying to change things in 2011. Good luck with your journey!

    • Reply justine December 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks so much and ditto 🙂

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