Despite my best efforts to avoid social settings as much as possible, I still seem to find myself out and about at times and confronted with the “What do you do?” question. Family, friends, and the men who come in and out of my life seem to have a hard time understanding the whole blogging thing. At first they assume I am writing a travel blog (which I considered) or blog about education (blech) and I try to change the subject rather than admit I write a celebrity blog. Lately, with the Great Meltdown of Sheree Whitfield of 2013 (more on that later), even I tend to wonder why I am doing this. But the truth is, I like the little land of misfit toys I have here. We have become a dysfunctional crew who chat about the latest inconsequential drama every day. We agree, we argue, we call each other idiots and we defend our positions on things that distract us from whatever the real issues of the day may be.
So today, I was heartened to find the following email in my inbox. The author has allowed me to share it here.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you. I wasn’t sure where to post what I’m about to say so I thought I would say it to you first and let you tell me if and where I should post.
I had back fusion surgery in December. Initially it sucked, to say the least. Because of the pain meds I wasn’t able to keep up with the plot in books and the t.v. wasn’t a lot better. I needed something quick but still very interesting. I began reading various celebrity “gossip” blogs and eventually found yours. Between your writing and your community I’ve been thoroughly entertained. They say laughter is the best medicine and you all have provided me with that in spades.
As the Jodi Arias trial has heated up to a raging fire I’ve found folks who share my interest and outrage over this insanity and even a few who share a crush on Juan Martinez! Each day I get up and read your posts and comments first and return throughout the day to see what I might have missed and to see who else has posted. I’ve even felt brave to share a few thoughts myself. This is something I normally wouldn’t do. But you all have created a community where I’ve felt comfortable doing so.
As I’m preparing to transition back to work I wanted to thank all the folks who have helped make this happen so quickly and so well. It may sound silly to others who don’t understand online communities. But I think the Tamaratattles folks will understand. I’ll probably never “know” anyone from this site but I feel like many of the commenters are friends I haven’t met yet.
Thank you, Tamara, for creating and continuing this blog. I know you don’t always feel your best but you continue to press on. I’ve been even more inspired to get better as a result. If you can keep going, so can I. And thank you to the community at your site. Many say what I think, share my anger (especially at Jodi’s joke of a defense), and make me laugh. Healing has been made so much better because of all of you. While I won’t be lurking around as much, I will still start my day with all of you. Thank you all.
And that reminded me that we are all just here to be distracted by a bit of frivolity. Sure, at times we suck with the whole #Compassion2013 thing. Me especially. 🙂 But sometimes, we get it just right. So thank you to all of y’all for reading here and sharing your ideas, whether I agree with them or not. I hope we are all around for a long time to come, getting on each others nerves and even being a bit compassionate.