by Agnes a Paris
Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 05:01:52 PM EST
[editor's note, by AgnesaParis] the story itself has been deleted for privacy reasons.
I am a newbie in the blogosphere: started wandering here when I joined the tribe six months ago and ET is the only forum I attend.
I've never felt attracted to blogs where people put on view their daily lives. It's something I feel incompetent to judge for that matter, as the concept is too weird for me to understand and thus be in a position to blame or approve.
ET belongs to another family of blogs as people shed light on themselves using the prism of the general concern matters. Sometimes sharing intimate events of pain or joy is prompted by the combination of being among familiar and yet anonymous peers.
Before blogs existed, we would talk to the passenger next to us on a train or a plane and found ourselves going through a conversation we would not have with relatives, because we would never see the person again.
The point of this diary is not psycho sociology of blogs, which in itself deserves a whole thread. The way I feel about ET is that it is a community I have chosen, and the option not to interact always exists.
Intimacy remains protected by the fact that we're in a parallel world here, and even if we happen to know other tribers, getting to know them is a choice we made. True, there are lurkers out there, but they respect the different level of intimacy of those who post comments and diaries. Except for trolls.
But what if trolls from the non virtual world use the blog to intrude into one's life? To steal small pieces of intimacy from someone they otherwise failed getting close to ?