While breakfasting with a fellow blogger yesterday somewhere in L.A., she mentioned something that intrigued me and kept me pondering for the rest of the day. This should come as no surprise, as she is an academic and spends the majority of her time throughout the day thinking and reading and writing, whereas I spend most of my day driving around with wine, talking about wine and pouring wine.
In paraphrase, what she suggested is that by meeting someone through this blog world, you somehow get past that barrier you would hit when meeting this same person in… um… person. And maybe this isn’t so true for all blog cultures, but I certainly have found it to be true in the Ashtanga Blogosphere. As much as we try to be open minded in our daily lives, there often are certain traits we look for in a person before approaching them or befriending them. Commonalities or perceptions… maybe even a certain manner of dress… and these somehow can get stripped away in the course of a blogger-to-blogger relationship.
This is not to say that I wouldn’t befriend Owl without knowing her through the blog. But there are other relationships created through the blog with persons that I would probably be intimidated by in some fashion if we met in another context.
Is this only because we realize that this other person who we might not ordinarily be friends with has this one thing in common with us? We can be friends and interact on a deeper level because we both/all share this incredibly intense daily yoga practice? Or is it that, with the blog, and without the initial first impressions of a face-to-face meeting, we have the opportunity to delve deeper into each person’s character? And in this process, we find what we should have known all along…
In so many ways, we are all the same. We have so much in common, even beyond the ashtanga yoga practice. And the ways in which we differ are often much less important.
Whoa. I think practicing next to Owl made me a deeper person.