Tonight begins Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. It is the day where you fast and ask God for forgiveness for the sins of the previous year and "the book" is officially closed on the old year. The central Yom Kippur prayer is a recitation of a long list of sins — things like stealing, gossip, murder, etc. Everyone asks for forgiveness as a community for each of the sins, even if you didn’t do any of them.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve really appreciated the community of bloggers. But no group is perfect. We have our own sins.
Say with me:
We have used false names for ourselves.
We have gossiped about celebrities.
We have spread lies about politicians.
We have insinuated things about Tom Cruise’s sexual orientation and sanity.
We have envied other bloggers who have book deals and large readerships.
We have had sexual fantasies about other bloggers.
We have spend two hours on the Boobie-thon web site trying to find a blogger’s breasts.
We have googled a blogger, trying to find her real name.
We have added a popular site to our blogroll just to look cool.
We have deleted a site from our blogroll because he wrote something stupid.
We have been vain and searched our stats 20 times a day.
We have commented on our own site, writing "Best. Post. Ever."
We have stretched the truth on our posts.
We have plagiarized someone else’s good idea.
We have failed to do the "meme" that we were "tagged" for.
We have written a comment to someone and then realized it was the wrong person.
We have spend more time writing on the blogs on of the opposite sex than that of our own gender.
We have written something encouraging to someone when we really wanted to say, "Buy yourself some Prozac already!"
We have written a comment on someone’s blog that was more about ourselves than the person’s topic.
We have written a comment that stops the flow of the conversation dead.
We have cursed Blogger’s new spam verification.
We have spammed.
We have argued with other bloggers.
We have insulted other bloggers.
We have written too much about Lindsay Lohan.
We have kept our blogs hidden from loved ones.
We have not kept our blogs hidden from loved ones.
We have neglected our families and work to blog.