One of the reasons I started blogging four years ago was to share my excitement about the world. What an extraordinary place we inhabit! And life itself is such a miracle, and a true privilege. It’s something to be savoured every second of every day.
You can tell that I’m a glass half-full kind of person. But I’m not an “OMG, my glass is totally overflowing with pink champagne” kind of guy. I’m not stupid, nor ignorant. I see the problems of the world, and I know that not everyone is as fortunate as me. But, yes, I believe that people are mainly good and deserving. And most of all I believe that optimism pays dividends, and that pessimism tends to be self-fulfilling.
Another reason I started blogging was that I hoped to meet lots of new and interesting people, and I have certainly done that. I like to think I have made some real friends online, even though I have so far never met any of my fellow bloggers in “real” life.
But my fellow bloggers are perhaps not as diverse as I had hoped. With the whole world available, most of my regular blog followers seem to be left-leaning Americans, even though I am neither American nor left-leaning myself. Perhaps this is the typical demographic of a blogger. Who knows?
But I have also encountered people who disturb my state of mind. This is not because they disagree with my views. I know that I have strong opinions, and I’m not shy about telling the world about them. But I sometimes encounter a level of negativity I hardly ever encounter in real life. There are people in the blogging world who aren’t glass half-full people at all. They are “my glass was stolen from me by some bastard who drank my drink, then smashed the glass and pushed it into my face” kind of people.
I’m sorry for those people, but I find them very wearing.
So I’m just going to sit here sipping my drink. And do you know what? No matter how much I sip, my glass is still half-full.