Thursday, January 29, 2009


BrightBoy walked by while I was reading Dooce and all too astutely commented, "You love to read blogs."

True? True. Double true.

But I know I'm not alone, and whether it is a blog, the newspaper, or simply lending an eavesdropping ear across the table in the library, I think that people have an innate love affair with knowing what other people are up to.

Exhibit A: Gossip.

We crave to know the ins and outs of other people's lives. The question you probably ask more than any other throughout thy day is "How are you doing?" (or some other variation on the theme) and I don't think this is solely because we're being polite. I think people are curious. Sometimes you ask and hit goldmines. Other times you get thrown into a swamp you really didn't care to wade through, but regardless of the response, you asked. Because you care.

We all want the story, the goods, the "what's new?" and then we enjoy thrusting our own commentary on it, laughing at it, crying at it, commiserating with it . . . what have you. I'll be the first to admit that I absolutely love knowing what other people are doing. Even people I don't know. Because people are interesting. I find them fascinating and most of all (this will probably come across as remarkably hypocritical) people find themselves fascinating. So much so that they actually take time to write about themselves and go so far as to publish it! The dynamics of the whole thing is enthralling. People love to know about people and people love to tell you about it.

So yes, I do love reading blogs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am going to miss reading how you burned your hair off and your confession to eavesdropping.
Good job on the blog you are a talented writer.

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