BlogDay 2005: emotional connection
I came across this weblog 12 days ago. Yesterday I found out that she lost her husband to liver cancer. Those 10 days in between were the strongest emotions I had from blogging - a mix of hope and sadness...
I wasn't sure if linking to it was appropriate. Still the chronology of the events doesn't let me to separate my feelings about Badger's story and my thinking about 5 blogs to list for BlogDay2005:
For one long moment on August 31st, bloggers from all over the world will post recommendations of 5 new Blogs, preferably Blogs that are different from their own culture, point of view and attitude. On this day, blog surfers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, unknown Blogs, celebrating the discovery of new people and new bloggers.
Inevitably two themes blend in one - I'm thinking about the power of blogging to open a window in someone's life, to invite strangers, to share, to think, to celebrate and to be sad together... So I redefine the rules - the rest of my BlogDay 5 are about emotional connections as well...
B2OB - Barriers and Opportunities to Organizational Blogging / Barreiras e Oportunidades Organizacionais ao Blogging
Mónica André - I remember her telling me to look for someone "with a stick in her hair" at Web-based communities 2004 conference, long time since our first email around KnowledgeBoard blogroll, immediate intellectual connection, exchanging references over coffee at the airport, sunny afternoon in the park another time, talking about weblogs in organisations, life and research, and following her advice to take backwards route to Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra...
Monica blogs in Portuguese. I don't know the language, but read her weblog - somehow it creates a feeling of being connected...
Anna Katarina Arnfred VallgÃ¥rda, someone I've never met or exchanged emails with. She just finished her Masters and got PhD scholarship. For me her weblog is a window in a world of urban studies and location aware applications - last year I picked up a pointer to Life between buildings, the book that I loved immediately and kept on referencing (one, two, three).
Time Goes By - What it's really like to get older
I didn't have an opportunity to talk to Ronni Bennett at "BlogHer"... Even if I would I probably wouldn't find words to say - her writings turn me into a listening mode - the desire to learn and fears of learning what does it mean to face the unknown, and a mix of admiration and respect for someone who knows and turns this knowledge into words.
Conversations with Dina - Creative Chaos - Dina Mehta's Blog
I wonder if there is a need to introduce you to Dina. I discovered her weblog ages ago at the time when I hardly knew female bloggers. We went through countless weblog conversations, emails, Skype chats, we missed each other at Reboot and BlogHer... Dina is Indian - I can't avoid thinking about it every time I read her blog - she adds secret spices that change the taste of usual thoughts.
I stop here and think of so many others I'd like to add to this post. I should do it more often - there is no need to wait for another BlogDay...