I've mentioned before that I'm a Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Christian. Growing up, we had a magazine called Guide, which basically is the equivalent to unisex, mini version of Seventeen Magazine for SDA kids. The magazine had all sorts of articles, games, jokes, etc. But near the very end of the magazine was a section for pen pals. (come to think of it, it was almost like personal ads for kids . . . whoa) I remember reading through the names and descriptions and thinking "Hmmm . . . . she sounds interesting, maybe I'll write to her."
So I wrote my letter and sent it on it's way. . . . and waited. Things didn't move as fast back in 1994 as they do now. Finally one day, my father brought home a letter just from MY PEN PAL. I ripped it open in anticipation and read through it. We exchanged letters and got to know each other. It was amazing to know with all our differences (I was black, she was white; I was in the Caribbean, she was in the states; I went to private school; she went to public school), we had sooo many things in common (we both LOVED Kris Kross; had crushes on guys who had no idea; could relate to everything each other wrote in the letters). Eventually, we stopped writing to each other, but I still have her picture in one of my photo albums.
One thing I never did was tell my friends I had a pen pal. I could just imagine hearing, "What?!? You are talking to a COMPLETE STRANGER!!" Then one day, a wise man named Al Gore invented THE INTERNET (tee hee). Now talking to complete strangers is the norm. With Myspace, Twitter,
Do your friends and family know you blog? What do they think about you baring it all on the net?