|This is a Weekly Coffee Share Essay.
I’m part of a small group of bloggers who stay in touch and chat about blogging, writing, or just about anything else that might be of interest.
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If we were sitting down to coffee I would mention (again) how I regret that it is only for some virtual coffee. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’ve come to greatly value these virtual meetings. We have used them to do more than share our lives and hear about others. Many of us have built relationships via these nonsynchronous expressions each week. We’ve shared our writings, our stories and poems, our photos, our travels and our passions.
Have you noticed also what we’ve not shared? We’ve not sown seeds of division. No one ever told us to avoid topics of politics or religion and the big social issue commentaries have been left outside the meeting room, in our virtual cars so to speak except where they were part of something important to you and even then, they were presented as background, part of the intangible landscape of where we were.
Some might call us out for not diving into deeper waters of thought, I don’t. We get plenty of chances to hear other, highly charged opinions by virtually every other form of media we might use. Twitter and Facebook, depending on you own views, are now accused of censoring opinions and news they happen to disagree with, but whatever. . . I don’t go to them for such input anyway. Social media, I find, works best if you use it to connect with people — real flesh and blood people and not agencies, advocates, politicians or lobbysts. We are all, I suspect, intelligent readers and are fully able to discern when an article is from a person sharing a slice of life or is from an opinion agent with an agenda to warp us in some direction that fits their job description
As a group of bloggers, I’ve noted, as have you no doubt, that we know the difference between sharing something that might be of interest, teach others something or be an attribute of our art — an expression of one of our passions or is an attempt to change how we vote, think, act or protest.
I’ll grant that in that mix of unpleasant stuff, there are important questions that beg for our careful thought, but not every relationship we have needs to overlap on such endless urgencies.
Isn’t just nice that we can sit down together (in a blogging sense) share some of what we’re about last week or next, some of the challenges or successes we have or some great photos we captured? I love that we, almost accidentally, fell into a practice where we do this without ever having been given a set of ground rules.
My sense is, that as long as I try to post honest reflections, thoughts and even photos, that are grounded in beauty or friendship or other such values, that I’ll be welcome to stay, sit a while and enjoy your company and your readership.
If in our wake through life, we leave people somehow better off than we found them, we’ll likely always have company, friends and (because we are bloggers after all) readers.
So — that’s it. Do you like the idea or would this not be attractive? Either response is okay because it’s just an idea. I’d be willing to spend some time making it happen if my friends were interested in attending. I’d love to add the sound of your voice to all that I think I know about you because you have proved to be simply friendly these past few years.
Please drop your thoughts, reactions, possible questions, warnings in the comment section below and let’s see if the idea can grow some legs.