While my parents and J's family now read my blog regularly, for a while I think everyone just thought it was this weird thing I do, posting my life online for strangers to read. In truth, not that many strangers read it and I don't actively go seeking new readers - it would take too much time and it's not really who I'm writing for anyway. Mostly this is an outlet for myself, logging my daily life and experiences. But I'm also writing for family and friends who follow along, and even though I don't feel like I'm writing to them directly, they make up the "audience" of people who would actually care about the things going on in my life. But I do have some "strangers" who read regularly - most of them are people I've found online or through blogging communities in Baltimore and Philadelphia, but after a while they don't really feel like strangers anymore and some have become friends.
But it's about this line that gets crossed, and on the other side of that line are true strangers who find my blog via Google searches or perusing random blogs looking for something interesting to read. I think some people think this is strange and wonder why I would put my life out there for anyone to see. Well, first of all, like I said, I don't get that many random visitors to this site. And if strangers read my site, I don't really care - it's not like I know them. And I actually think it's sort of cool, that my experiences may be informative or interesting to other people.
I started thinking about this today because I noticed this hit to my blog in my stat tracker:
When I saw that, I stopped to wonder, what in the world made this person not only wonder whether a cat could use a breastpump, but actually to sit down at the computer and look it up. I'm sorry I don't have the answer.
(Well actually, I'm sure it could be done, but you'd have to adjust the flanges - the part that goes on the breast - to fit cat nipples...)
So there you have it - it's not that weird that I write about my life and post it online for all the world to see and then strangers can search for information about cats using breastpumps and they end up at my blog. ... Wait, yes, that is weird.