Time out for Nie Nie.

September 8, 2008

A bit of oldish news, but very necessary for discussion. If you haven’t heard about the Nie Nie tragedy, blogger Stephanie Nielson and her husband, Christian, were in a horrible accident in a private plane three weeks ago. As of Friday, they were still in critical condition, Stephanie with burns over 80 percent of her body and Christian with burns over 30 percent. They have five children; the youngest is 23 months and the oldest is 6.

Out of this horrendous event, however, has come something incredible. Bloggers around the world have swathed the family in support, arranging more than 350 online fundraising auctions expected to bring in over $100,000 for the pair’s recovery, The New York Times said on Friday. Read the article here.

I think this says a lot about the impact of the blogosphere on personal lives. We talk a lot about how blogs bring people together politically, about how they rival newspapers sometimes for coverage of events and topics, how they compete with celebrity tabloids in their on-the-second posting of gossip — the content side of it all. But we don’t talk too much about the real connections people make with bloggers, especially those who blog about their lives, and how an author — someone never met, someone probably never talked to — can become a significant part of one’s day, if not a part of his family. This is the social part of it. Now’s a good time to talk about it.

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One Response to “Time out for Nie Nie.”

  1. franco Says:

    sad story, if i was rich i would donate


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