- Is it natural for us, as human beings, to seek validation and approval from others?
- We shouldn't care what others think, but sometimes it is hard not to when you admire another for their skills, or you thought they had an awesome personality or were a great person only to lose their respect or approval, for whatever reason. It's hard for that not to hurt my feelings anyway.
- Of course you blog for yourself, and you may say that you still blog only for your own enjoyment, or therapy or fun. However, be honest. Every one of us likes comments; comments from your 'blog peers' provide some form of validation, and they are an enjoyable form of banter that may not be necessary, but you come to really appreciate, maybe even slightly depend on. So, when you get few or no comments, isn't it just a little disappointing?
So why is it a crime to admit that not only does one enjoy writing for the sake of writing, but being totally honest in admitting that receiving feedback, commentary and 'blog friendship' (not meaning you're obsessed or unnaturally attached to your blog friends, not 'real life') makes you happy, makes you smile... You're somewhat dependent on knowing that people come to visit your blog and enjoy what you write, whether it is a rant, or something funny.
Would it not hurt your feelings if you were suddenly, inexplicably shunned by someone who you admired and whose blog you enjoyed greatly; one who also used to enjoy the same of you and your blog?
Why are people so easy to snap, easily offended or outraged when clearly there is so much more in the world for us to be pissed off at?
I may joke around here and there, I might pick on one of you (My "Blog Friends") and give you a hard time. I might rant about something and be over-emotional some days, but that is me... take me or leave me.
I sincerely hope that I have not offended many of you, but if I did I apologize... If I have said something that I wasn't aware was pushing the limit, or unacceptable, I apologize. I never meant for it to go too far (whatever that may have been).
I truly enjoy everyone who comes here, reads my rants, raves and stupidity and leaves me a comment. I understand when people get too busy to blog, and even if I mention it I am only doing so as a lighthearted "prod". I mean no harm... I do love your attention, I'm not sure I would call myself an Attention Whore, but you do make me smile and make my day a little brighter with your notes, comments and e-mails. Thanks to you all.
I have to move on, however; there is nothing I can really do about upsetting this person who's approval I have lost, except for apologize for whatever I did (which I might never know). I must say, though that I find it dumbfounding and a little ridiculous (?)
As for everyone else, if you still enjoy reading my blog, and knowing "Aunt Jackie" then I hope you stay around and take me with a grain of salt. I am who I am, and that is a big-hearted person (sometimes over-emotional) with a love for humor, sarcasm, and outrageous and offensive-to-many material... Take me or leave me. I hope that you don't cease contact with me, or stop reading and visiting but if you do, please at least tell me why, and if I am in the wrong I will apologize and admit fault.
Everyone deserves that chance, and we all make our mistakes. After all, we're only human.