I used to perceive webloggers as introverted, awkward geeks who never leave the house. After starting Good Grief!, however, I found the opposite to be true and met a lot of interesting, like-minded people, got Blankbabied (i.e., got a job lead based on this site), and met the guy I’m currently dating.
Last year, I posted several entries about the Philadelphia City Paper’s I Love You/I Hate You section, a place for readers to submit rants and love letters. In December, I received the following e-mail:
Hey Becky S –
I do the I Love You, I Hate You section for City Paper, and we’re trying to put
together a book, a best-of sort of thing, so I was just searching around to see
what was on the net about the section. I found your blog, and am intrigued.
About you, that is. Your blog rocks. It may have even restored my faith in the
medium. There’s so much stuff on there.
I mean, I just kind of looked through it. It would be cool to talk to you, I
think. Even though you know nothing about me.
I’ve only been to Utah once. But it was cool. For some reason, most of the cars
were pick-up trucks carrying wood. Is that their currency?
I live in center city but retained my most excellent
cell phone number from New Jersey: xxx-xxx-xxxx. Call anytime.
Obviously, the guy is either a complete whack-job or so ultra-sincere that he doesn’t know it’s weird to e-mail your phone number to a total stranger. Something about the tone of the note swayed me towards the latter opinion, so I wrote back.
PS Type E got a new job, so if you’re one of those freaks who sends hate mail to the City Paper when your love/hate submission isn’t published, don’t bother to e-mail him.