Elysa Coles Sicard.
Well, sort of.
You see, Elysa and I knew each other when we were both students in Japan in 1997. We saw each other once after that when she lived in DC, but it’s been at least 12 or 13 years…if not more.
She’s been living in Poland and now in France.
We talk every 4 years or so.
The other day was one of them and I was astounded as she recollected and commented on blog posts and observations I had made over the years.
The blog served as a social glue, of sorts, connecting us as friends over time and distance of conversations. Asynchronous friendships. Not the real-time stuff of Facebook, but deeper, allowing her to reflect and ruminate on what I had written and then talk about it live.
There are days when I look at the blog traffic and think, “well, hardly anyone reads,” but then I remind myself that the personal blog is not a professional blog.
It’s a repository for friends to peruse when they feel like it and whether it is one or one hundred posts, it’s a chance to build the connection.
Thank you, Elysa for reminding me of that.