Do you ever wonder how good of friends you need to be before you feel ok to read someone’s blog? Is there some sort of standard in place that can validate me looking at blogs from people that I have known, but not super well. I mean, they are not strangers, but they really are more like acquaintances. Ya know, I have talked to them, but it is not like we are “Kindred Spirits”, as Anne of GG would say.
Even though they will never know that I am looking at their blog, I feel a little like a voyeur. I am looking and seeing all these pictures and personal feelings about their cats, and how much they love monster trucks, but I am unsure if I should be privy to that information when we are only friends because I knew who they were in high school.
Sometimes, I feel like I should leave a comment,
“Hey it’s me, Rob. Yes, Rob from school about 15 years ago. I said “hi” to you once after Chemistry. I just wanted you to know that I am reading your blog. Is that OK? I know I only knew you for a few years but I wasn’t sure if you would feel comfortable having me know all this stuff about you. I didn’t know if you wanted to be friends with me after I may or may not have read your blog, and that I may or may not have really enjoyed it and wanted to continue reading it. Just let me know where I stand, so I can or cannot continue reading. Warmest regards, Rob.”
Some of you, right now, reading this blog may feel the same why as I have just described. As you are reading you may want to rush out of the room screaming because you feel like you have been caught red handed reading my blog, when I have only met you at a party or bobsledding in Park City. If this is the case, don’t be afraid curious little friend, I just want you to know that I am probably reading your blog without you knowing it as well. It all balances out in the end.
My resolution is to at least to leave a comment on the people’s blog I am blog-stalking. That way I can have a clean conscience about doing it. Although, I did do that once and the next day it was restricted as a “Private Blog”, true story.
But, ya know, being more truthful runs the risk of rejection. But better have the truth out in the open, I always say, then to live in doubt of friendship. I think Socrates said a version of that…or something.