When I first started journaling, I decided to see if there were any local folks keeping a blog, so I did a search in AOL Journals by typing in "Kansas City". I came up with a stay-at-home dad who, shortly after I discovered him, quit blogging; some disgruntled person doing an expose of Kansas City politics (boring); and ToonguyKC.
Toonguy was gay; he seemed to me to be very angry at life in general. Many of his views were (and are) opposite from mine on important issues like politics and religion. Somewhere along the line, I left a brief comment in his journal, and in an entry shortly after that, he referred to "my one reader".
I really have never shared my world with any gay men. I do have three or four lesbian co-workers (including my supervisor) but we don't share the same circle of friends. So, after following Russ's blog for awhile, I had questions. I e-mailed him. And he politely gave me some answers. Somewhere along the line, another reader, Simwarford (also a local), started leaving comments in Russ's journal... very long comments: so long that sometimes he had to make them into two or three entries. He had good writing skills, and I mentioned to him that he should start his own journal; but he preferred, he said, to simply leave his thoughts in Toonguy's journal. (Did I mention that Sim is also gay?)
It's a strange and unlikely alliance, really: Me, the right-wing Christian grandmother, and two men in their thirties who happen to be gay... Russ and Sim. (My husband just shakes his head and says, "You gotta get outta this house." LOL) Have any of my basic beliefs changed? No. I'm still the same Republican Grandma I always was. Neither have their beliefs changed.
I am enjoying some good conversations with these men. I mentioned to them one time that the three of us could be the basis for an interesting movie. So now we've chosen the songs for the soundtrack of our movie, entitled, of course (because it's the name of Russ's journal) "Inner and Outer Demons".
If you're interested in our three-way conversations, our "imaginary movie"... and are not too easily offended... click on the last journal on my list on the left and check out Russ's journal.