The Blogs That Bond.
Six Until Me has existed for almost three years now and over the last three years, I've had the opportunity to meet some of the best people. And on Saturday afternoon, I had the chance to hang with some of my favorite bloggers and take in a play at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI. Shannon, Julia, Nicole, and I watched a terrific play, took in some tasty sweet potato fries (okay, I had the fries), and chatted about all kinds of stuff.
The play we saw was Some Things Are Private, which was a docudrama about "a provocative look at who determines 'what is art?'" It centered on the work of Sally Mann, a photographer whose collection Immediate Family drew criticism from many circles, claiming the nude images of her children were not innocent or "slice of life" but instead pornographic.
"What is private?" was a line that was offered up several times throughout the play, pointed at Sally and her decision to go public with her family's private lives. What is private? It made me think about the four of us and our decisions to blog, women sitting together who have decided to make their private lives public. Whether we are writing about our children, our lovers, our disease, or what makes us laugh, we as bloggers are putting our private lives on display for the public to consume. Some times, this is a terrifying feeling, knowing that your life is chumming the waters for people you will never know. And sometimes, it is the most therapeutic feeling in the world, letting your thoughts float out freely and being bold enough to do it day after day, inviting strangers into a life they wouldn't otherwise even glimpse.
What is private? Is it my moment with low blood sugar in the wee hours of the morning? Is it an argument with my loved ones? Is it being ushered into the flowing folds of my wedding gown as my maid of honor honor watches? Is it dinner out with my old college roommates and laughing at our chaotic pasts? Is it that moment of fear, that moment of laughter, that moment of insecurity, that moment of complete and unabashed bravery?
Blogging is a very unique undertaking, sharing our lives with strangers. In rare turns, these strangers become our friends and part of our lives outside of the blog, letting us sit together for an afternoon of remarkable theater and easy conversations.