November 18, 2009

This just goes to show ya....the blogosphere can be a pretty darn good place

I don't know her.  I've never heard of her or any of her websites; such as this one or this one.

But apparently Anissa Mayhew is an inspiration and blog-goddess to many, many bloggers out there.  All day long, I have seen blogs written about her - the few people I follow on Twitter where all over the place about her.

She has, according to all reports, fought many battles in her life.  But has done it with grace and a smile.

According to what I have read; she has suffered a massive stroke and, although things are looking better, still has a tough road ahead of her.

Like I said, I don't know her and had never heard of her before today; but of course my heart went out to her and her family immediately.

The utterly amazing (and heart-warming) thing is that so many people out there are praying for her, writing blogs about her, tweeting about her; even those who don't know her (such as me) - trying to spread the word, the prayers, the good thoughts/vibes, etc.

I've heard stories about how ugly the blogosphere can be; personally, I haven't experienced it (except for the whole splog thing).  But the fact that people can make such an impact on others via the internet; well....it leaves me absolutely speechless (a first, I know).

It makes me think about all the friends I've made via the Internet.  How I care for them; think about them almost daily and hope that whatever issues they are having get resolved.  It made me think that these faceless (and in some cases nameless) people are my friends.  Yes, I haven't met you; or talked to you face-to-face - but through the internet I've gotten to know you.  Because, sometimes through writing we show our truest selves.

So, basically - I just wanted to let you all know that each of you has made a HUGE impact on my life; because I truly believe that you should tell people how you feel about them in the event of a catastrophic event.  So I want you to know; in the event that one day you log on and you can't find me - you guys are awesome and I count each and every one of you as personal friends.

If you want to read more about Anissa Mayhew you can click here, here, here, or here.

4 comments:

  1. I've never heard of her either, but Anissa Mayhew sounds like a wonderful lady. My thoughts are with her & her family. It really is quite incredible that this piece of technology, the internet, has brought such a feeling of caring & sharing, across whole continents. I've very pleased to be counted as one of your personal friends, and even happier to say,'Thank you Gigi, my friend'

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  2. Awww.thank you Brighton-Mum! You brought tears to my eyes.

    I just have to add...I know I am not the most prolific commenter out there...but truly? I read everything and think of you all. Like I said, earlier; I am constantly amazed at the power of the internet and am (almost) rendered speechless.

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  3. Yes, I know exactly what you mean about considering the people you've met here to be your "friends". That's why I like the word "blogbuds"...because we're no longer strangers, ya know? We share things that we sometimes don't even share with our friends or co-workers. It's a safe place where we can be ourselves. My experience in blogville has been 99% positive...and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
    I wish only the best for Anissa, her journey and her road ahead.

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  4. Nice post, Gigi...maybe one day we'll compare shoe collections!

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