I was watching this anime music video as well as another one and for some reason the music and tone sparked something inside of me. Something’s missing from my online experience. What I’m not exactly sure. For some reason I think it has to do with the different spaces and environments that we have within the real world but that you don’t often see online, especially now with the proliferation of blogs. What am I talking about? Privacy, intimacy, and solitude.
On our blogs we broadcast to the entire world. There is nothing wrong with this but we can’t be "jacked in" 24/7. We need to "unplug" so we can focus on the meaningful people and relationships around us, and even seek solitude from everyone on occasion to reflect on our own thoughts. That’s what I feel like is missing. I don’t have these different spaces online to do this.
Yes I can totally unplug, get away from the computer, be with my wife and pets, or even go for a walk to reflect on my own thoughts. Yet when I’m online, I can’t jump from those different spaces and environments because on a blog it is like having your front door open with anyone able to walk into your house. Well, what if I want a "back room" just for friends only? Even more so, what if I want a "small room" where I can just be alone with my thoughts and reflect on them.
Another reason I want these spaces is so not only can I remove the "mask" from my face but I also can give others that I invite into these private and intimate spaces the opportunity to remove their "mask" as well. What am I talking about when I say a "mask"? Keith said it best in his post When I Make Something. Later in the comments I asked him the question, "Don’t you wish you could just be yourself on your blog without having to think about all of this stuff?" "Yes", he replied.
I think its time to start working on these spaces, so that I can have intimate and personal spaces of my own where I can just let go, drift, and be myself.