There are things we don't know know about one another, and don't need to. Still, it's almost frightening to realize how much we share online. I'm not sure why it's almost frightening. I don't fear anyone abusing what they know about my heart and mind. And no one expects something out of me just because I read their vulnerable thoughts on their blog. I really have nothing to lose.
Some people separate who they are online from offline. I can't do that and maintain my integrity. There are details about my life that I don't divulge on my blog - my name, my birthday, my school. But my hopes, dreams, likes, dislikes, struggles, triumphs - I refuse to be anything but honest about those.
You who know me as Annalyn found me through shared interests. We know each other because of what we're interested in, not because of physical proximity. We don't read one another's blogs or follow one another's Twitters out of some sense of obligation. I think that's why, in bogs and Tweets, we can dispense with the formalities and say what we want to say - whether it's about anime or about personal pain. I don't have to wonder whether anyone truly cares; you wouldn't be here if you didn't. It's safe.
This started out as a Tweet, then a Facebook post, before it grew into this. I guess I just want to say that I'm thankful to all you anibloggers out there who let me and others see who you are. Even if you don't get very personal in what you write, I'm thankful for your opinions about anime and other things in otakudom. You add something unique to the blogosphere. I'm thankful to my readers, too, for caring enough to read.
When I talk to my family and friends about the aniblogosphere, or the online community in general, I can't help but bring up the wonderful people I've met. There are so many people on blogs and Twitter and Anime-Planet from all walks of life. It's an honor to be among you. I know that only some of you share my faith, but all of you bear the image of God, and I see it. You're witty, creative, knowledgable, authentic, fun, and serious, often all at the same time. You're precious, and I'm grateful for what you add to the web and to the world.
|This isn't a Christmas post, but I|
worked hard to give this pic a holiday
makeover, so I'm wishing you a
Merry Christmas anyway.
Besides, I shouldn't need to use the holidays as an excuse to say how much I appreciate ya'll. I committed to being authentic on this blog years ago. I decided I'd write about what I want without feeling self-conscious. I think the aniblogosphere and everyone involved in it is amazing. So there.