A friend of mine lost their child to suicide a couple of weeks ago and it got me thinking about our last two topics, why we blog and why we write with humor. Sort of brought it all into perspective for me. I think in our own way each person needs to be connected to one another. And in a society where one would think we're more able to get around, because of advances in technology, we have actually managed to isolate ourselves more instead. The online population is growing, which can only mean more people are spending time on their computers. And you don't do that with someone else.
When I went to the Romance Writers of America Conference I heard the same story over and over. "I'm so happy to meet other writers. I feel so isolated sitting in front of my computer." In one of the keynote speeches the speaker actually changed into her PJ's in front of us and said this was how she usually dressed. I know for myself I have to consciously pull myself away to get out of the house and do other things. It's easy to get lost in the world of writing. I imagine it's easy to get lost in other areas of the computer as well.
So it got me thinking. We're not the only genre to write with humor. We write dark brooding heroes, and I think we need to add a bit of humor or wit, almost like seasoning a stew. To find balance in our lives. We add just the right amount for ourselves to make it taste right or feel right.
I can't help but wondering if this young person couldn't find that balance in their life. And that if our society hasn't advanced itself out of the most important thing: human contact. So maybe that's why blogging has become so popular.
What do you think?