I admit it, I look at my blog stats. I'm not religious about it and I don't get weirded out when numbers drop (my ego is not that fragile), but I am fascinated by what brings people to the site. The best is when I discover a new blog or Web site that's linking to me.
That's how I found SoulPancake, a site created by Rainn Wilson with the aim of making "Spirituality, Creativity and Philosophy cool again…engaging the user to "Chew On Life's Big Questions."
The story of my correspondence with John Hughes has prompted them to ask,
Who (dead or alive) would you choose to be your pen pal, and what you say to them in your first letter?I have a new pen pal who came to me as a result of the interest in the blog post and for whom I am incredibly grateful. (I'd like to take the correspondence to pen and paper at some point, but for now we're corresponding via email.) And, well, I would love to still be able to write to John. But is there anyone else?
- They need to be able to — and clearly love to — write; an "interesting" life does not equal good pen pal.
- They need to be reflective. Observations about the world around you make for good reading.
- They need to balance — over the course of the pen pal relationship (not necessarily in a single letter) — sharing stories from their life with inquires about mine.
- They need to trust that they have my confidence and I need to trust that I have theirs. There's honestly nothing better than the intimacy that comes with that sense of trust.
Like my new pen pal.
How about you? Let the folks at SoulPancake know.