Almost 20 years ago, Moshe told me that the day will come when everyone communicates via the internet.
I laughed at him!!
"Maybe you and your geeky friends," I scoffed, "but not normal people!"
When Moshe insisted we put an email address on our wedding invitation, I laughed again. Nobody RSVPed by email back then. (OK, maybe one or two of his geeky friends did -- they thought it was cool. My friends did not even know what email was.)
Over time, I glimpsed more and more of Moshe's on-line world. But it was his world. Not mine.
I did the email thing. But that's it. I did not search the web, read people's blogs, or watch UTube videos.
Then I got cancer and I had to find some way of communicating without making a hundred calls or sending a thousand emails.
So, I started blogging.
At first, I just did my own blog.
Then I found another blog that caught my interest. Then another.
Little by little, I started to learn my way around the blogosphere.
I started following links.
I started reading several blogs regularly.
I started recognizing the names of other bloggers.
I started to feel like I am part of a community, like I know these people, even though I never met them.
I've been blogging for a year now.
I still feel like a new kid on the block.
But I'm beginning to get it.
I was totally psyched to attend The First International Jewish Bloggers Conventions.
How cool to meet the person behind the blog-identity!
It was fun!
I even got the "in" jokes.
I had to leave early, to attend a simcha.
But, I'll be there again next year!
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
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