I understand that I don't actually have a "real" blog. First, I have absolutely zero sponsors (not getting any straight cash, homie). Second, I don't get hate mail or nasty comments from readers who think I'm inappropriate, obnoxious, or a bad person. I average 0.5 comments per post (thanks, Mom and Stephen!)
Any high-profile bloggers always have haters, like high-profile people. I'll know I've made it in the blogosphere when hoards of people are super pissed at me all the time. Can't wait!
Thirdly, I can tell I don't have a "real" blog because I don't have any agenda for my posts. I don't have to blog about current events. I never once talked about politics during the presidential election, and didn't even mention Hurricane Sandy. Any "real" bloggers are forced by the public to mention these things.
I enjoy not talking about current events because my blog is an escape where I can vent about traveling, rave about food, obsess over books, etc. Also, I genuinely find Essie nail polish more interesting than the race for presidency. (This would be a perfect opportunity for my future haters to get mad at me!)
But, you guys....I'm so sad about Connecticut. :(
I don't even want to talk about it, but felt wrong posting about anything else since it has been breaking my heart each day since I heard the horrible news on Friday.
I do believe there is more good than evil in the world. And I'm praying for those impacted by this tragedy. I don't personally know anyone directly impacted, but if I did, I would definitely drop everything to give them a hug. I'm willing to bet each one of you would do the same.
I think prayer is powerful, but we shouldn't leave it at that. Just because you don't know any of the victims doesn't mean you can't share love and support with those who you do know. For everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. I think you should invite that person you weren't going to include. I think you should offer a Christmas cookie to that quiet co-worker. I think you should smile at that stranger. I think you should call your parents. I think you should hug your friends. Ultimately, you guys, I think life is hard. And we should help each other out.
One cool thing about not having a "real" blog is I essentially know everyone who ever reads this - family, a few high school friends from the Burgh, former Bucknell teammates, other Bucknellians, friends from work, Madtown, etc.
I can honestly say that I care about each person who reads this and - if I had my act together and wasn't the most disorganized person ever - I would totally send each of you a personalized Christmas card wishing you a wonderful holiday, and a brighter 2013 than 2012. I hope the new year brings new promise, and you feel loved, appreciated, and wanted, because you are.
The next time I see you, I'll give you a hug. :) In the mean time, you should go hug other people.