I was thinking there should be a blogger’s day, or maybe a WordPress online day of appreciation for those who put their close-kept thoughts and most dearly-held opinions online for the pleasure of people they’ve never so much as met. It takes a great deal of courage to say what you think and invite literally the entire world to read and comment on it. When you stop to consider it, it’s an extraordinarily powerful phenomenon.
Then I got all defensive on behalf of bloggers, thinking about the random vicious comments people make on blogs just because they can do it anonymously, and about all the blogs that are so passionate and into which people put so much work, but that are virtually ignored. Then, predictably, I got to adapting Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V in my head, which is the kind of thing I do when I get bored. And then, of course, I had to type it out and share it on my blog!
So here you are, fellow bloggers, readers, and commenters: my St. Blogger’s Day speech for you (it helps to imagine Kenneth Branagh delivering it):
And WordPress Holiday shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the ‘Net,
But we in it shall be remember’d–
We few, we happy few, we band of bloggers;
For he online that comments on my blog
shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
this blog shall respond to his comments;
and bloggers on WordPress now a-bed
shall think themselves accurs’d they weren’t online
and hold their bloghoods cheap whiles reading those
that blogged with us on WordPress Day!