Making fiends

It’s amazing to me how easily we convince ourselves that we are the only oddballs on the planet who like the oddball little things we do. For me, it’s 19th century literature, history, architecture, manners, dress… but you knew that.

But the moment we put it out there that this is the thing that really makes our motors run, suddenly we find legions of kindred spirits, ready to join us in our oddball little pursuits.

Such has been the case with BronteAlong, of course, which has now attracted the participation of no fewer than 32 bloggers at last count. And the number keeps on growing.

Who knew?

It’s a nice reminder that the internet, despite all the negative press to the contrary, is really amazingly good at bringing like-minded people together, building real relationships, and establishing ties of friendship that would never have been built otherwise.

This gal, for instance, I met by reading her blog. And now look what we’ve done.

This week, I’ve been staying in The Samuel Sewell Inn in Brookline, just across the river from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I work. (I sleep over sometimes when the weather is particularly bad, or work is particularly intense. My commute from Cape Cod is very long and occasionally such measures are called for.)

This morning, I left my Jane Eyre DVD out on the TV stand, where I laid it down after watching it last night before falling asleep.  This evening, as I returned home from a long day at work and an evening spent teaching a college class, I found a note attached to my DVD, left there by the manager, who pulls the blinds in each room when the sun sets. (It’s that kind of a great place, with fanatical attention to detail. I love it here.)

Here’s what the note said:

Now, how great is that?

The lesson I’m choosing to extract from this is that like-minded people are everywhere, and we are never as alone in our passions as we might think we are.

All you have to do is put it out on the table for others to see.

4 Thoughts.

  1. I love that story! She must REALLY love it like we do for her to have gone to the trouble of writing a note! I know what you mean about all these new connections… I love it. Another layer of it for me is that I tend to shy away from reading blogs these days because I get really overwhelmed. But because of our project, I am reading the blogs of the participants and feeling more connected and enjoying everyone’s enthusiasm. Yay, us!

    your fiend,

  2. i love it — in a disconnected world, it is kind of magical to make connections with people who share your passions. thanks, ladies, for getting it all started.

    fiendishly yours … miz lucy

  3. Hooray for bonding over “oddball pursuits”! I look forward to jumping into the world of Jane Eyre with the rest of you.

  4. Hi Beth, I’ve been meaning to say hello since joining the Rochester swoon. I mean, the Bronte-Along. “…suddenly we find legions of kindred spirits, ready to join us in our oddball little pursuits.” So true! I was so happy to find other Bronte lovers out there, mostly because I love the Bronte sisters, but also because I was in a creative rut, and for the first time in months, I’ve been waking up early, going to bed late, wondering what I’ll cook up next. cheers, m

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