Spreading Aloha Around the Globe

Colors of Friendship BadgeMost bloggers will tell you that meme are a little silly. They’re little fun things that bloggers do to… kind of break the monotony I think. Some meme are about sharing someone’s favorite hobby, a favorite topic, a way to see what other bloggers can come up with, etc. Some of them are designed for individuals to give “awards” to other bloggers who have shared something significant with the blogosphere. Some of them are just for fun.

I’m a little tired of MS Word and other softwares underlining blog, blogger, blogosphere and other blog words in red. They should have learned by now that blogs and their bloggers are here to stay. I was curious and tried to see what WordWeb would do with the word “blogger” and what kind of synonyms I would get from there. For the record, all three words were listed — blog, blogger, blogosphere. So there!

The definition was, of course, “a person who keeps or updates a blog.” The synonyms included words like individual, person, someone, soul and a few others. Soul, hmmm… good word. Bloggers, I think, have become the souls of the Internet. It’s no longer just a place full of mainstream media news and the Wallstreet Journals of the world, it’s the home of bloggers! Nothing against these media sources, and the Wallstreet Journal is a heck of a read let me tell you, but the blogs have brought the Internet to life. I can feel the Net breathing long before sunrise.

The interesting part of this is that you may not even know some bloggers and yet you feel a connection. There are the others, like the bestower of this badge, who connect on a more psychological level. The writers of the world can relate to the poetic nature of my “poetress” friend Jeane Michelle over at Binding Ink (I love that name) who shared these words with me along with the badge, “though time takes us on our own journeys throughout the blogosphere, I have not forgotten you my Friend. In a Universe where Hugs expand the Globe, I still rejoice in the Spiritual Connection we always share.” I thought that was a very nice thing to say.

I have received some laurels but I usually don’t feel worthy of them. “Amazing Blogger” was a kind title but one I was embarrassed to, at this point, even talk about. Somehow the word friendship gave me a sense of responsibility. My problem is that I have too many bloggers that I would like to share this with. I have all of the participants in the Carnival of Aloha, I have bloggers who will just shake their head at me if I give this to them and then I have the bloggers who don’t even know me, yet I have connected myself to them for no other reason than I like what they do and they have helped me in some way. Many of them would say, “Who?” if I listed them.

Since both the word color and the word friendship fit our Hawaii melting pot of cultures, I feel very comfortable sharing this here. There are so many I could share this with but I will keep it down to the designated five.

Colors of Friendship Badge

  • Skeeterbess who talks all about her “stuff” over at Skeet’s Stuff
  • Lynn, aka Auntie Pupule, who makes us laugh a lot, and sometimes cry softly, over at Lynn’s Lair.
  • Pzarquon, aka Ryan Ozawa, over at Hawaii Blog who has given me more confidence than he realizes. It doesn’t take much, Ryan, just a kind word.
  • Antman who has, for no good reason, provided support to me practically since I started and someone who I know will appreciate this little acknowledgment. My favorite Ant (I know so many you see) has created quite a buzz over at Cre8buzz!
  • Sheila over at Go Visit Hawaii who doesn’t live here but loves our home too and shares many of the sentiments that I do and provides a great sounding board and person to share ideas with.

This is a very diverse group. No matter how close they may be geographically, they are vastly different from each other yet representative of the “colors” of the Internet. There are so many others who have, for me, given so much of themselves over the past year. I am just amazed at the helpful and giving nature of the blogosphere. WordWeb’s definition of blogosphere? “All the web logs on the Internet.” That’s definitely “the colors of friendship.” Thanks Jeane, my Poetress friend! Right back at ya!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Auntie Pupule // Dec 13, 2007 at 7:17 am

    Evelyn, You are such a Sweetheart!

    A fabulous blogger with a Big Heart!

    Mahalo,

    Auntie Pupule

  • 2 Evelyn // Dec 13, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Giggles! My dearest Auntie, you can bus’ out your measuring tape, but your heart is way bigger than mine! Big hugs!

  • 3 ndpthepoetress Jeane Michelle Culp // Jan 13, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Sprite, You truly do have a gift for words that I wish you would consider trying to wrap up in a book for all to read. For when you put your thoughts to pen, you capture more than an audience; you capture minds and hearts. 🙂

  • 4 Evelyn // Jan 14, 2008 at 5:42 am

    Hey, my poetress friend! Good to see you! Thank you for the kind words. Isn’t that everybody’s dream? To become a writer?!? I was going to try to get through the National Novel Writing Month in November, but it didn’t happen. That’s okay, we can all look forward to it this coming November! 🙂

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