The Cult of the Amateur arrived from the library yesterday, not that I've had time to crack it open yet.  But I thought about it when I read today's perspicacious post from "Et Tu?" on Mommyblogging and the water well. It may be debateable whether the amateur works of ordinary blogging folks provide a valid community for otherwise isolated people, or merely distract us from the more difficult task of creating real, physical communities, but there's no denying their significance in many of our lives.

I treasure communities of both kinds, as does the author of "Et Tu?".  One important dimension added by the Internet, I find, is the ability to interact with people who are dealing with the same issues as I am, and/or have perspectives similar to mine.  I value beyond measure my short-distance, in-the-flesh friendships, but in all the contacts we have had locally—church, school, work, music, sports, neighborhood,  Indian Princesses and even other homeschoolers—we have found, yes, good friends, but also big, aching gaps with no one to understand, discuss, struggle, and rejoice together.  A broader net was required to gather that community.

Many thanks to Liz at Smithical for directing me to "Et Tu?".  And thanks to my feedreader (Bloglines), without which I wouldn't have allowed myself to indulge in yet another interesting distraction.
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"One important dimension added by the Internet, I find, is the ability to interact with people who are dealing with the same issues as I am."

I completely agree -- I kind of wanted to go into this more in my post but it was so loooong anyway. :) Especially since I am new to faith and most of my friends and family are not at all religious, the internet has been a huge help for me in finding a community of likeminded people.

Thanks for the link!



Posted by Jenifer F. on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 5:35 pm

I just noticed that I spelled my own name wrong in the previous comment. Unbelievable. Tells you what kind of day we're having around here. :)



Posted by Jennifer F. on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Don't we all have those days! Thanks for reading and commenting.



Posted by SursumCorda on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 6:40 pm
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