Social Media has taken over, in one way or another, so many aspects of our daily lives.
Today almost everyone engages in some form of Social Media. Corporations, students, professors, even university Presidents have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, or a blog. We communicate with friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, and Internet friends, nearly every day – I do, anyway.
I have an iPhone that is connected to my body by an invisible string. I can blog from my phone, surf the web, Tweet, check out Facebook, text, email, talk, and so many more tasks from the palm of my hand.
And, now the Xoom, which is Motorola’s smart answer to the iPad, makes it even easier to stay connected and on the go, when necessary. (I am one of those people who would be lost without access to the Internet.)
Blogging has become a way of life for me. I started this blog a little over two years ago, and it’s been a joy, and a terrific learning experience, especially now that I’ve committed to the WordPress POST A DAY challenge.
Blogging has introduced me to a wide circle of friends that I “speak” to on a regular basis. I “see” these friends, though we’ve never met, and we “talk” without sound.
I’ve formed Internet relationships and bonds as a result of blogging. It’s wonderful on the one hand; on the other hand, it’s rather lonely, and sometimes, sad – especially when people move on, for whatever reason, and you don’t know why. Generally, Internet friends will keep in touch, but sometimes, they just “poof” and you never hear from them again; and you’re left wondering.
Today, Kim and Sherry told me that a very dear Internet friend of many bloggers here and elsewhere, passed away this past August. Her WordPress screen name was “Knight Owl”.
We are told she passed away in August of this year. The last blog post she made here was August 8th, and she sounded so chipper….Was she getting on in age? Was she young? There is so much I don’t know.
Knight Owl, like many of us, followed the Casey Anthony case from the beginning to the very bitter end. She’d post rather frequently, then all of a sudden she stopped posting here.
I have been wondering about her – it was not like her to disappear for months at a time. Now we know that her sweet soul has taken its next journey to the great beyond. But, I don’t know why. Was she sick? Was it sudden? Was she in pain? What happened? The funny and loving Knight Owl – why did you go? I want to know…. but I know I will probably never know. I should be grateful to know this much.
This is why Internet friendships are lonely.
Rest in Peace dearest Knight Owl.