I have frequented the bloggersphere for somethiong less than 18 months. I entered very dubiously; questions of privacy; don`t talk to strangers; it will be addictive; it will take over my life and so on ...
In this time, dabbling on the edge of whatever the bloggersphere is and producing the occasional post, I have "met" some wonderful people also experimenting with both the self-expression and communication which this medium offers. I thank you all for the richness of your variety and individuality. You have given me much to think about, to be grateful for; much to inspire me and to pass on in some form to others I meet in everyday life.
Now just suppose one day I really met some of the characters that I have "met" in the bloggersphere. What would that day be like?
GRIZ (of RIVERDAZE): would be there in the steel cold of dawn. Cradling a large mug of freshly-brewed coffee, he would remind me that my day ahead is a unique personal gift; only I can decide how to use the possibilities that its ups and downs will offer me. So what else to do except head out with Lady, enthusiastic as ever to show me what the world has to offer.
SOLITARY WALKER: would stride up behind me, and in the brief encounter he would enrich our conversation on something we are observing with references to works of literature that I would make a mental note of looking up later. Our conversation will go deep but be made all the more special by its seasoning with humour.
GAIL: I would encounter somewhere surrounded by flowers. I can't imagine it any other way because it is Gail who has taught me to seek out and appreciate the flowers in life, whatever the season.
GEORGE: would walk directly beside me, giving me his full attention, patiently explaining the point he was making. If he sensed he was exceeding my speed limit, either in his explanation or in his walking, he would slow down to accommodate me. That's George, he is not a person to take advantage.
FRIKO: would naturally have Benno with her. He would be in deep active dog conversation with Lady while I listened intently to Friko relating one of her stories that she tells so well. It is clear that I am not alone in being enthralled by her mastery of the blogging medium.
WEAVER: would call me over to look at something she was eagerly examining in a hedgerow. I feel her excitement in sharing her observations and her quiet wisdom soundly built on an enthusiasm for anything natural.
JULIE (of FOREST POPPY): is someone I "meet" less often these days; but I feel some empathy as she started her blog about the same time as me. If I met her on this day, we would exchange a few brief words, she would have one eye on the children and dogs with her and they would be off; a trail of positive feeling in their wake.
There are others who I have "crossed paths with"; there are others I will "talk with" more in the future. I have just dipped my toe in the ocean of blogging and I haven't drowned yet, thank you.