I’ve been blogging for a while now and people keep asking why, what’s the point?
I suppose it is Facebook for people with common interests. It’s not even something you can put your finger on sometimes, you just like someone else’s blog and follow it. Personally I can’t be bothered with Facebook, I know I should (everyone keeps telling me so and a billion or so people can’t be wrong – can they?) but if I want to know what my next door neighbour is up to, I ask them.
All the same it is a bit disconcerting when people ask me how my daughter is getting on. I say I don’t know, we haven’t spoken for a few days. They proceed to tell me she had a great night out/face planted in the sand whilst surfing/has a cold etc etc. Then they look at me like I’m a really bad Mum, perhaps I am, but I’m darn sure she’d call if she needed me. And why did they ask anyway if they have a blow by blow account of her life?
Anyway, back to WordPress. I suppose I get attached to the people I follow. Some of you make me laugh, some of you are really clever, artistic or interesting. I want to know if Terry had a bad day, I certainly want to know if she had a good one. I’ve even got to know someone and enjoy nights out. Ok, that was a long shot, you don’t normally twig that someone you are ‘talking’ to is local. I like to see the jewellery of the designers I’ve found and catch up with what they are up to. They have the same interests as me often. But I am most excited to see the two new babies that are due next week. What a coincidence, only two people I’ve followed have ever got pregnant and I find that I really care that their babies are delivered safe and sound and can feel that anticipation, even though I don’t know their full names or addresses or husbands or any of the stuff that normally mean you ‘know’ someone.
I guess that is the point. You don’t have to know someone to care and new babies are even better than new shoes!
Photo by babycare centres.