I haven’t posted since all the commotion surrounding Richard’s guest blog post at Cybersmile, though I did do quite a lot of reading, pondering, and commenting up until Saturday, when I remembered that the new season of Orange Is The New Black is out on Netflix, then I disappeared into the tourbillion of the women’s correctional facility for a few days, only re-emerging now that I’ve maniacally and furtively binge-watched 12 out of 13 episodes. Maniacally because I’m just addicted. Furtively because it’s entirely not kid-appropriate and I couldn’t have the offspring stumbling past and watching anything lurid over my shoulder. Yeah. So I’ll make this quick, since I really need to get back to Piper and the other ladies as soon as possible.
12. How – if at all – has blogging changed your life? Well, blogging hasn’t entirely changed my life. I do spend an awful lot of time on the internet, but I pretty much have done so in one way or another for about 15 years. Although I’ve never been associated with a fandom prior to the onset of my PreoccupationWithArmitage, I have been known to surf e-bay, lurk on book review sites, lurk in cephalopod forums, participate on Facebook and so on. However, starting my own blog has changed my life in one important way: I’ve de-lurked on other blogs, started commenting, and started online friendships with perfect strangers since starting the blog. This has been really fun in a lot of ways.
For years I’ve been the type of person to have just one or two or a few close friends, depending on whether it was primary school, high school, college or vet school. People I would meet and cement friendships with relatively quickly, and then hang out with sporadically but exclusively, rarely enjoying any kind of big gathering. And if I’m not with my one or two close friends, I am and always have been perfectly content to be by myself (or, more accurately, to hang with just my pets for company). In other words, I’ve been a bonafide hermit, first on my own, then Hubby came on the scene and we joined forces. Our friend Vince from the vet school years, who introduced us, used to refer to our place as “The Holland Compound” because even while newlyweds, we tended to be quite asocial, generally preferring to hole up at our place, rather than go to any social event or get-together.
We’re really quiet adept at making our excuses.
Anyway, all this to say that I really have started socializing a lot more since starting the blog. Yes, so I’m socializing online… but I can honestly say that since starting the blog, it almost feels like I have more “friends” online than I do in real life. Real life friends outside of work would require that we, like, leave our house (which we only like to do on one-on-one date nights). Online friends, though… that works for me! I can chat or comment sociably from the comfort of my space, and for as long as feels comfortable. So that’s how blogging has changed my life. I’m being sort of sociable!