Hello fellow Star Wars fans, my name is Joe2-D2. Welcome to a new monthly blog on Coffee With Kenobi. Before I get to the meat of this entry, let me tell you a little about myself. I have been a fan of Star Wars since I was a child, but I really became a die-hard fan around 1998. I enjoy collecting stuff, but I don’t have as extensive collection as some other fans. I also enjoy reading the Star Wars novels and have almost all of the novels in paperback, except for the 6 movies tie-ins, which are hard cover. But enough about me, let’s get to the heart of this blog.
Most blogs tend to have the same basic ingredients, one or more people discussing a particular topic of interest. Whether it being the ins and outs of the Pistol offense in football or the 30+ year debate of Star Wars versus Star Trek or an endless array of other topics, very few blogs are able to become something more. The blogging community that began on Starwars.com website is one such blog. The bloggers all started as individuals that loved Star Wars and wanted a place to discuss their favorite aspects of the six movies, and any and all other aspects of our beloved saga. The bloggers started as just screen names and avatars with the occasional face-to-face meeting to a group of acquaintances who hung out together at Celebration 4 to a group of friends who celebrated each other`s accomplishments and successes and shared in and comforted each other through difficult family circumstances. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of this group over the last 6, almost 7 years and they have helped me get through some very hard times. Let me take a few minutes and share with you my story.
I joined the blogging community some time in 2006, shortly before Celebration IV (CIV) was announced and was immediately felt welcomed. I began blogging about my fandom and my interest in collecting. And then in was announced that CIV was going to be in Los Angeles during the week before Memorial Day and I knew I had to go. During that time, the blogs were overflowing with excitement over each new announcement that came up regarding events and displays. The idea came up about having a Meet and Greet party where all the bloggers who were going to be at CIV could finally meet each other and party together. Some of the group decided to hang out together during the rest of the convention and we all had a blast and it was there that I was able to build friendships that would eventually help me through one of the toughest weekends I will ever have.
Fast forward to April of 2008. I was doing my usual goofing off at work and having fun with the status icons on MySpace, which was the popular social media outlet at the time. It was few minutes before break when I received a phone call from my mom telling me that my brother had died and I needed to get a hold of my dad, since mom couldn’t reach him. After sitting at my desk stunned and trying to wrap my head around the news for a few minutes, I immediately put a little note on MySpace and then received an e-mail and then a call from Michelle, my Big Sis, (I’m her little bro.) I gave her as much info as I could and asked her if she would put a note on the GHG blog site that was running at the time and give a heads up.
After driving to my dad`s work and telling him the news, we agreed to meet at my house and we would drive down to my grandma`s house where Phil was living at the time. When I was done packing, I went onto the Star Wars blog site and posted a brief blog letting them know what happened and I left it at that. I figured I’d read the responses later that night or the next night, whenever I was able to get on the computer. My dad eventually showed up and we left for the 2-hour drive to my grandmother’s house. About 20 minutes into the drive, I began getting e-mail messages that were from bloggers who were commenting on my post giving condolences and prayers for me and my family and telling me that they were there for me during the difficult times. These messages lasted through the entire weekend. I also was able to crash the girls` regular Friday night chat session for a little bit, but had some trouble staying connected and then had to leave, but even in the short time that I was online, I was given loads of encouragement. Without all the responses, texts, and calls I received that weekend, I would have had a much tougher time getting through that weekend.
This wasn’t the last time that this community has helped me through difficult times, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. But I’m not the only one who’s benefited from the group. Our group of friends have had many different life events that we’ve celebrated together, or grieved together. We’ve become more than a screen name and an avatar. We’ve become a group of friends who have been, and will be there for each other.
If you have any questions or responses, you can post a reply below. Or if you would like to send me a private message, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to respond. Also, if you have an idea for a topic that you would like me to write about, feel free to e-mail me and I’ll find something to say about the topic. And remember, the Force with be with you, always.Powered by Sidelines