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Will blogs replace catching up time?

SMS message to my friend, Patrick - "Hey, how's things with you? Long time no hear." Every once in a while, we dig each other out from our busy routine and catch up.

Reply to that SMS - " Hey, Gaia. Good, good."

I replied - " It that time again. We have to catch up"

" Yeah, sure. When? Btw, how's that little puppy of yours?" I pondered, when did I tell him about Wookie?

"He's so cute. When did I tell you?"

"Read it on your blog. I go sometimes"

"Ok. So now you know what I am up to, but I don't know what YOU are up to. Still gotta catch up"

"Don't marah lah. Sure we'll catch up. This afternoon can?"

( modified from actual transcription but basically the gist ) 

It got me thinking. Now, my blog is supposed to inform, keep people in touch with what's going on with me and around me. But is it replacing quality catching up time? I have a few friends whom I  meet up every once in a while. We'll sit over a cup of coffee, sometimes a slice of cheesecake and tell each other what's up. With Patrick, we also show off our latest 'toys' often exchanging toys to play for a bit. Quite sad, really, when that happens. Two grown people sitting at some coffee place somewhere glued to the other's toy when we should be chatting or something.

But back to the subject. When all my 'meet up every once in a while' friends have blogs of their own, will we not need to meet up at all? That will be sad, very sad indeed. I suppose it boils down to effort. And I suppose, even if everybody blogs, one just cannot blog about everything. Communication is still very important.  

So all my 'meet up every once in a while' friends out there, I don't care how often you visit my blog. I still want to catch up and have that cup of coffee with you.


Reader Comments (4)

I'd like for others to think of my blog as a "TV synopsis" of what's going on in my life. Knowing the synopsis does add enjoyment to the TV show in question, does it not?

I love all my friends the same regardless if they did or didn't blog. Having said that, I think blogging has great potential for building and strengthening friendships. I also think it takes an awful lot to leave a comment because comments require thought and composure - and that's too much effort for most people.

If someone really cared about what I just blogged, (say for example, classical music) they'd leave a comment. If I spoke about it instead of blogging it, I may get some feigned display of interest at best - "Oh, classical music? Yes, it's fascinating! Mozart? Never heard of him..."

What I'm saying is that if you can't connect to the blogger via his writing, how can you meaningfully connect with him or her in person?
September 19, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterjulian
Blogging brings family, friends and acquaintances together. No doubt about it. It is also a tool for many of us to write down our thoughts & to sort out our perspectives in life. For some it is a channel to discovery their talents (i.e writing, photography or reading...etc). For me, it is a great way to stay in touch with my big sister and to enjoy a virtual tour with family half-way around the globe. One day, we will catch up in person and have the cup of coffee... promise.
September 19, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterFarawaycheese
We blog for various reasons; but it just can't beat the meeting up 'in the flesh'; to be able to give that 'pat' on the back or offer the tissue or hankerchief for the tears (sob, sob, boo hoo hoo).
No way lah!
Who is gonna hug me?
September 19, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterjonathan
Ju: I do agree with you of the fact that comments require thought. But sometimes, I think for some, they are just not comfortable putting into writing what they think. I have had people commenting verbally about something on my blog but when asked how come not posted - 'shy lah'. Boils down to which medium is one comfortable with to express oneself.I am so totally hooked on blogging for the moment so I guess there's no turning back.
Jas: Yes, we have found a really good way to update each other.
Jon: Give out a hug and the hug will return to you :p
September 19, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

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