This blog thing has been very interesting to me. I have had the privilege of meeting a couple of fellow bloggers. I have been honored to 'speak' with a few more, via phone in one case, and email or comments in the others. I feel simply awed at the amount of talent and intelligence I have encountored since starting this little blog.
And then there are the readers. I have corresponded with Doctors, both MD and PhD.. Nurses, mechanics, teachers, office workers, and even other firefighters. Some of the folks in the United States, some outside in other countries.
I remember when I started this blog, and desperately wanted to 'make it'. Wanted to be recognized by other bloggers, wanted to be linked. I wanted to belong.
Today, I asked that a link to my blog be removed from another blog.
I still want to be linked. I still want to feel like I am playing with the big kids. My ego wants badly to feel included.
So why ask to remove a link?
An ugly thing, maybe the most ugly thing I know of. Racism. That's right, the other blog espoused a belief system that sees non-whites as lesser people. I don't know why, I don't care why. Don't get me wrong, if that is the system of beliefs he/she want to express I say more power to you.
But don't include me in your group.
Aside from the varied folks I have interacted with on this blog; in the real world/meat space I have worked with people from India, Iran, Jordan, Turkey, China, Japan, Mexico, Ethiopia, Israel, Russia, and Canada. I have found jerks in every group, but I have found good people to be the far larger segment.
Incidentally, Many if not all of those in my blog roll were linked on that page as well.
And no, I won't publicise the blog. If you are a blogger and want to know email or comment and I will pass it on.