Blogging

I am wondering what blogging means to me? Since posting about Jenny’s ill fated cruise I’ve had an “audience” for once, thanks largely to el bloggo supremo (drum roll)Tom Reynolds.I am very pleased about this but I do feel guilty that I should be profiting from what happened to Jenny.

I am someone who always likes to be involved, rather than a spectator. I call it “Being on the other side of the green baize door”. Trouble is, I am also a lazy person and therefore not an organiser. Blogging, Twittering and Podcasting appeal to me because they connect me with other people, mostly people I don’t know. I don’t have to make an effort to go and see these people, nor do I have to email them or talk on the ‘phone and yet we can dip in and out of each other’s lives at any time.

The trouble is, I love the attention, the feeling of being a part of something and of being “known”.When I look at my blog stats and find few people have read my posts,I feel disappointed.I shouldn’t do because I know what I write is mostly boring and also, who knows I’m here? I don’t write for my family or even for my friends, I write for myself and to get attention.

I haven’t been blogging for very long and I have progressed from simply writing a sort of diary to something that is , hopefully, more meaningful and interesting. Twitter.com to which I was introduced by the aforementioned Tom, has been a great inspiration to me, it has found me new “friends” from different countries, helped me to learn a fraction more about computers and taught me to reduce my waffling to 140 characters! Some of the people on Twitter are very kind and helpful and friendly, not to mention clever and funny.

I’m beginning to get more confidence about blogging and I’m hoping it will lead to more opportunities. Jenny is very disparaging about it as is my husband who hates computers with a vengeance(fear of the unknown). Claire thinks it’s quite sweet. My sister wants to read my blog but I’m not telling her how to find it!

So thanks to everyone who read”traumatic few days” and please call back sometimes and I’ll try to write something worth reading!

PS Claire told me to tell Tom it was his fault if she was late for work tonight as his book “Blood, Sweat and Tea” is addictive I don’t know how many times she’s read it!

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Published in: on April 14, 2007 at 7:33 pm  Comments (1)  

Blogging

This is all fairly new to me. I had a little bit of a blog on yahoo 360 but didn’t really take to it . Sometime ago (at least a year) I discovered <a http://randomreality,blogware.com/blog,Tom Reynold’s blog via a nursing site. I got in touch with him because of Claire’s interest in joining the ambulance service. I have bought his book and continued to follow his blog and I got hooked on Twitter.com after he mentioned it.

This then led to me meeting his lovely girlfriend Laur. http://laurasblog@wordpress.com” who kindly offered me coffee whilst Claire had her LAS assessment. I also feel I am friends with several of the Twitterers even though I haven’t met them.

This is all quite alien to me because I am 54 years old and didn’t grow up with mobile IM, the web, blogging etc. When I comment on someone’s blog or twitter to them I sometimes think, am I behaving like a stalker? Do these people want to see my comments? Am I being a freak as Jenny would say?
Does it matter, if I’m enjoying myself?

You may have noticed that a lot of this text has gone blue or red and is underlined. I don’t know how this happened and I can’t get it to go away, so , sorry, what you see is what you get!

Today I watched the video of Tom’s presentation yesterday (see his blog) and part of me thought, “who’s paying these people to sit and discuss this subject?” (Again, that show’s my age, no social media, far less service industry, far, far more manufacturing). Once I’d got over that, I was able to tune in to the discussion and think about blogging, ethics, anonymity.

Sometimes blogging makes me realise that I have little to say, hence the title of this blog. I pride myself on being able ot talk to , and hopefully empathize with , anyone but is that only superficial? Do I really have anything to say?

Having said all that, I am disappointed if no one reads my blog and I would like comments and am disappointed if there aren’t any, sad aren’t I?

Been a bit of a non event day today, got up when Claire came in from work then went back to bed and had a lie in till 10am. Took Ralph out, then came home and lazed about doing sod all really.No motivation. Ah well.

Published in: on January 27, 2007 at 7:35 pm  Comments (3)