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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Perceptions

Sometimes, you learn something about someone else that really makes you say, "Wow." I often learn a little bit more about some bloggers - from who they are in real-life, to what they do, to specific things they've done, to how they act... and sometimes, those "Wows" are for the better, while occasionally (sadly) they are for the worst. Today, I learned something about another blogger that blew my mind.

Some people really go out of their way to do what they think is right - not because they have an ulterior motive, not because they get something out of it, not because they have a vested interest in it. Just because it's the right thing to do. They put in extra effort to understand a culture that's not "theirs", simply because they think it will help them understand situations that much better - again, when there's no reason for them to do so in the first place. Wow. I wholeheartedly applaud such good, good-hearted people.

On a somewhat related note, I was discussing perceptions with another blogger recently, and we wondered how close a blogger is in real-life to how they seem in the blogosphere. I am of the opinion that you can figure people out pretty easily in general (and perhaps even do, right Shoshana, Chana?) - even those who like to have fake personas - except perhaps the ones who specifically put forward true parts of themselves while keeping a chunk in reserve (see some of the contributors at SerandEz).

One person I spoke to even - only half-jokingly - suggested that to "solve the shidduch crisis", everyone should have a blog. It would help people really find people they match up with. [And, let people weed out those who they don't want to date.] Heh. I know MCAryeh has gotten shidduch offers from his blog, and Amishav kind of uses his blog for dating... Well, it would definitely be interesting to read, anyway. :P

Anyways, do you think people can 'figure each other out' through their blogs?

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