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Social Responsibility?

Posted Nov 01 2009 10:02pm

Do we as bloggers have social responsibility? Blogging is an outlet, it can also be a manifestation of one’s desire for exhibitionism, but do we do it to help others or just ourselves? I think it is more complex when the blogging is for a smaller well defined community.

I sent an email to a reader of this blog the other day. I noticed she has not commented here, or some other blogs that she and I read, for a while. The email was simply …

Haven’t heard from you in a while. I hope all is well.

I figured it was non-invasive yet showed that someone cared. In part, this is what came back (reproduced with permission, and agreement of confidentiality) …

I’m pretty low. To be honest I spend most of my time feeling overwhelmed with life. Depression is never very far away. It’s complicated. My situation is complicated. I’m complicated. I wish I wasn’t but I am.

Caring for my child takes every drop intellectually(should we agree to a functional hemispherectomy or not?), emotionally and physically.

You guys in the blogging world seem to have a lot of energy. I am always interested in how others survive this difficult life. Seems to me you have to have something outside of caring for your child that keeps you going. A good relationship, friends, a job, other children, a supportive family…..

In my recipe for survival I would add wealth (enough to pay for all the support we need), and for me personally, youth. I’m 45 and having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that I will have no more children ( I’m jealous of the other bloggers who have other kids, although  I know this must bring many other different challenges..)

I can sooooo understand, and identify with her much more than she knows.  I, too, am jealous of those with other kids. I wonder how I survive, let alone others. The grass is always greener.

This woman is one of us, she does not have the energy or time to blog, she gets inspiration, information, and hope from us, as well as elements of despair. (I saw Elizabeth’s post as I was writing this one).

I know she will read comments here. In short, what would you say to her?

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