Sorry to sound like a bad echo of Gomer Pyle, but gosh, darn—comments to yesterday’s post, a news update about Haiti, did indeed surprise me.
So today’s post poses some questions I’d most like my readers to answer—please—I’m down on blogging hands and knees begging for feedback!
First a bit of background—some random notes on how my thinking about blogs is evolving, thoughts that I think will put my questions in context.
(Please know I’m new at this whole blogging thing—so if you’ve been around the blogosphere for ages and all of this to you is old hat—then this post probably isn’t for you. But, I’m a relative newbie, so bear with me.)
Yes, in 2009 I started a blog meant to follow the adventure we began when Sara returned to international disaster response work and I stopped teaching, followed her into the field, attempting to tell our story. However, that material (archived on this site) was only read by friends and family. I did nothing to attract outside readers—rarely more than 10 people read each post. If we don’t count that—I’ve been doing this for a mere 2 months, so please forgive my naïve enthusiasm, my gawking and gaping—a country girl on her first trip to the big city of blogging.
But truly, what amazes me most about blogging is the sense of community I feel. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but surely not all bloggers experience the kind of connectedness I feel with those who read my blog and with those whose blogs I read. If so, WordPress wouldn’t be setting up a blogging buddy-system of sorts—because no one would need it—everyone would already be connected and buddied and belonging.
(I sometimes wonder if I was just lucky enough to stumble into the right group. Cause I’m new and I feel fully embraced. Several bloggers have emailed me over the last month or so—offering unsolicited words of caring, kindness, and down-home neighborliness. I’ve been welcome-wagoned into blogging bliss.)
However, the following questions have come out of this evolving awareness of community and reader involvement in the blogging process. I pose them to you whether you’re a regular reader here or just stopping by for the first time:
First, I wonder what among the issues I’ve raised, the many topics I’ve explored (a truly eclectic range) would you like to know more about?
I’ve shared some of my art, some of my poetry, some of my personal history, some about the evolution of my relationship with Sara, some about Sara’s work, a bit about my work in India, some thoughts about writing. But what interests you the most? And do you have any specific questions I might be able to answer in a post or a series of posts?
I realized for the first time from some of your comments yesterday, that the media in the US and other countries is likely not covering Haiti adequately, that you are not getting the news that you need, the news you deserve, the news Haiti needs you to hear.
What else do you need to know, or what else would you simply like to know? What kinds of posts would like to see more frequently?
Please know how much I appreciate your taking the time to read my blog. I’d just like to know how I can even better serve your reading needs.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll continue to surprise me with your comments, your questions, your care and concern for a country in crisis.