Sorry about yesterday’s lack of post. I wrote on in the afternoon, but it was one of those that rambled on until it even bored me, so I deleted it. Then I remembered on my way to bed, but fell asleep before I could write one on the phone.
What I had been going to write about, since nothing of particular interest happened yesterday, was that I’m finally starting to get into Facebook rather more warmly. It’s taken a while, but then so did blogging. It was a long time before I stopped feeling quite artificial, pretentious even, and longer again before I felt part of a community here.
I’d been reading blogs for a while, but not venturing to comment because it didn’t seem quite polite to barge in when people all seemed to know each other. Then I discovered that most bloggers welcome comments and like to know they’ve got new readers, so I started to leave some comments and from there it wasn’t long before I started blogging myself (five years ago last month, I’m not big on anniversaries so I didn’t mention it at the time). I really thought I was going to be completely anonymous, but that didn’t last long.
I had the same idea on Facebook, very briefly, and put in a false surname but soon changed my mind. It seemed pointless and indeed, I have now got quite a number of real-life friends there. I’ve still kept the blog and FB separate however – some folks publish their posts there too (or rather, links to them), but I don’t. Quite a few of my friends do know I have a blog, but only three of them have asked for its name and one looked for me, that I know of. However, Dave mentioned the blog on my wall this morning. And I know that my name, Googled, leads here (a mishap when a box auto-filled and I didn’t notice, years ago). So, if anyone I actually know arrives by that route – yep, this is my little, not very well-kept secret.