I’ve been thinking a lot lately about community. As I read Making Room for Life, I am realizing that being a part of a community has changed over the years. Community used to be a close-knit group of neighbors or friends that were like extended family. Now community is very vague. We have a growing number of acquaintances and fewer people that we consider close friends. I have to wonder how blogging and other forms of internet connection have affected this. When I write, my words are viewed by about 100 people a day, but do I know these people? Well, there’s no sense talking about you like you’re not there – it’s you! Do I know you people? You are able to “know” me because you read my words, but I don’t get to know you back. Under the old definition of community, we probably would have met face-to-face and spent time together. Now I get an extra long glance or an extra wide smile, and I think, “Oh, that person must read my blog. They probably like fried green tomatoes/American Idol/the Beatles/home improvement projects, too.” On the other side of the coin, some of you frequently leave comments, or you come up to me in person and give me your thoughts. Maybe we never would have met if this blog hadn’t given you the conversation-starter we needed. In addition to that, I have reconnected with friends that I had totally lost contact with. So what do you think? Is blogging a form of community that is superficial or beneficial?