I've said before about liking to get to know the person behind the words and not seeing someone as "social units" in a timeline - well, below is a perfect example.
As you know, I not only value Patrick Rhone's posts but also the advice he offers and his generosity as a person - in public and in private. But he is part of a team, a family, and the person behind the words goes much deeper than just his online appearance.
To that end I've also been subscribed to Bethany, his wife's blog, for a while. It is incredibly interesting in its own right, and I find myself getting lost in her tales, but also serves to act as background for Patrick, just as some of his posts act as background for her.
And I think that's wonderful, you get so much more than when you look at each of them in isolation. They become more real people, not just a series of posts. There is a depth that you wouldn't normally get, a sense of the lives people are living because you get more than one perspective.
I wish this happened more often.
Some might be uncomfortable with it, from both sides of the equation, but I think it's amazing. It's why I like to restrict the number of people I follow, so I can pay more attention to each person rather than get lost in a sea of updates. (And I still wish I was better at it.)
Thanks Patrick and Bethany.