So, I'm taking a day of R and R today, and I thought I'd try out this 'blog' stuff that all the hip kids go on about. I'm still relatively new to this TBD thing (7 weeks, I think...), and while the demise of the old site hit me a lot harder than I thought it would, I came to the new site with fervor. Being relatively new, I missed out on the birthing pains that a lot of the veterans went through, but frankly, I wouldn't have cared one iota if the new site would have been nothing more than interconnected WordPad pages, or individual pads of paper mailed out to each and every member, who would write responses to things and mail them in to a PO Box in the middle of the country. See, I was not a very happy boy when I found this site--I had fallen even closer to the bottom of the proverbial barrel, after I had mistakenly assumed that I had already dug about four miles underneath it, and I desperately NEEDED the outlet provided by the site. The interactions, the support, the meeting of new people who, if we all lived for another million years, I would have never had the privledge of meeting. I've posted funny (I hope) stuff, serious stuff, stuff right in the middle, and by and large, the reception I received was, mercifully, positive. The way I saw it, it was all already bumping around in my addled, slightly-neurotic (in a good way) head, so what better way to get it out before the pressure built up and blew my head apart? I'm still new to the online world, and have marvelled at the wide spectrum of experiences on here--where else in the RW could I see and participate (on the prehiphery--I'm still a little shy about that) in a flirtatious discussion about weenie roasts and various uses of condiments, then turn around the next day and participate in a discussion on the redistribution of the world's wealth and resources? Where else could I talk about how shockingly lonely I am, as well as how all that I know about wines could fit on the question mark at the end of this sentence?
In short, I love it. I know the new site is clumsy and hard to get used to, and yeah, I miss the validation provided by kudos and vibes and all that, but like I said, I'd be here even if I had to buy, train, and then use carrier pidgeons. My life is getting slightly better, day by day, and while I'm not out of the woods yet, I can sense that the boundary is somewhere up ahead, and I know that I'm going in the right direction to get there. I owe some of that to this site, and the wonderful, amazing people I've met here.
Thank you for all of it, and I look forward to continuing to interact with those that I know, and meeting new ones that I don't.