Something interesting has happened to me over the last couple of years. I have been trusting people I have never met.
I suppose many have witnessed or taken part of this as blogs, forums and other means of interacting with people across the globe have become more and more easy to acquire and use.
Here is an example. As we were planning our vacation to the Florida Keys (more on that later) I was able to schedule a day of sport fishing thanks to my wonderful wife (more on that later, too). From many email exchanges I knew that Jonathan, the Zeus of ChicagoBoyz lived in the area. I invited him along. I had never met him until last Wednesday. The only contact I had with him was talking about our blogs, shooting, and a few other topics via email.
As an intersting sidenote, he reported the same type of thing goes on with him and that just last week he had met a frequent commenter from his blog.
Another example. As those who read this blog regularly know, I recently purchased two K-31 rifles that I will be restoring this summer. I needed some authentic muzzle caps and some other items to complete my restoration. Through message boards and forums about the K-31 I was referred to a man in Switzerland who deals in surplus items such as these. I sent this person $175 via PayPal for a bunch of stuff. Again, I have never met the guy and assume he works out of his house. But the forums and message boards unanimously say that this person is honest and only deals in the highest quality materials.
Here is yet another example. Last year I was invited by Astro into his football pool, for no real reason other than he likes this blog and assumed I was a straight shooter from my writings. We had no email contact until that point.
I find this sort of thing strange in a good kind of way. Just a few years ago I would have never have given a stranger of any sort the time of day. Now, if I feel the person is trustworthy through their writings, as Astro trusted me last year, I feel emboldened enough to invite that person fishing with me.
I am not the type of person that would want to spend a half of a day with someone who will bend my ear with bullshit. For me to take these types of steps of inviting persons I have never met fishing or sending anonymous persons money I have to really trust them. I guess I am more trusting of blogs, emails and bulletin boards/forums than verbal referrals.
It is this "trust through writings" that I have been thinking about this last week while I was on vacation. Perhaps after a while of reading someones posts, thoughts and writings you get a feel for that person. Maybe their blogs are a form of autobiography that gives an insight to them. I find this change in myself fascinating and would be interested if any of our regular readers have any thoughts about this.