I did not sleep well last night. Sometime around 2:00 AM I woke up in a sweat. The house felt warm. I fiddled with the A/C setting and then it got cold. Damn, why is it always one extreme or the other?
Since I could not sleep, I sat at my computer and checked out a few blogs. There has been drama on one blog I recently discovered, one in which I had not left comments before. This blogger is a person who is going through an unbelievably tough time in her life, a time of change. Her blog is her safe place, her vehicle to put out there what's bothering her and making sense of it. Another blogger, who apparently had been friendly in the past, posted something on her own blog about how bloggers have become a bunch of depressed whiners sitting around in their underwear writing. She said that anyone who had "real" problems would not be blogging, unless they allowed blogging in prisons and hospitals. All of this made the first blogger feel like she was being personally attacked, since it was coupled with the link to her blog being removed for the other blogger's page. Drama ensued. A lot of fellow bloggers rallied to the first blogger's side.
Personally, I am not invested in this matter. I do not know either of the bloggers, although I have visited the first blogger's page before and I felt bad that her feelings were hurt, so I left her a comment offering virtual hugs. But the whole exchange has made me think a lot about why we blog and flock to other people's blogs, how blogger communities are formed and breached, and about the ease with which we can be insensitive online, whether deliberate or accidental. Such are the things one does while suffering from insomnia.
My thoughts are still jumbled in my head, and I am going to be late for work, so I do not know if I can put them down in a coherent manner yet. I will try again later.