Thursday, October 02, 2008
The Nicest People I've Never Met
My internet is stuffed. I mean it's so slow for some reason. I 'borrow' it from Babybro who actually pays the bills but he's a dolt when it comes to technology and only uses the net for his business. I suspect he's on one of these plans that 'goes slow' once you reach your download limit! I'd be lost without it. I've managed to keep in touch with Clare only because of it. I've met friends and acquaintances through it and my life has been enlightened by the blogs I visit. I'd get ADSL2 but I keep thinking it's hardly worth it and we're not in range for Wireless. Tonight for some reason . . it's freezing (not outside it's actually been 31 today), my blog comments are disappearing and I can't post any pics (oops it just made a liar out of me). I spoke with Clare last night and apparently we were 'breaking up' yet she's managed to speak to others in Aus who are crystal clear. So frustrating. It's broadband so it should be good and fast but it's slower than cold treacle so I'm off to persevere with my oh-so-boring book. But before I do . . .
. . . what I meant to say was. I've lost a few bloggers over past months. One because he's just lost the urge, Jack McMad but fortunately, he pops in now and then so I know he's alive and well. Dario Sanchez stopped for personal reasons but we stay in touch. Thrifty is busy at work and has a young family so hanging about in the blogosphere has become difficult and no longer fun but I still hear from him via email and Skype. Poor Olive passed away but at 108, I can't blame her for no longer blogging!
But one, I'm really worried about. Bird Anonymous was prolific and frequent. Her main blog featured the photography of birds and her beloved rescued lorikeet, Jack, who turned out to be a Jackie. Through her blog I've also met some wonderful commenters such as kj and Ces and Bimbimbie, Mildaysa and Melissa at Forge Light, but Birdy left. Unceremoniously, suddenly and without a whimper. She fiercely protected her anonymity, as is her right, but I know she only lived a few Kms from me on the beach side of the city. We never met, we never emailed but we bantered to and fro, she was a regular and I a daily visitor to her blog. I loved both her bird and photography blogs as did many others. I just hope she's well and happy. If anyone knows, please reassure those of us who really enjoyed her posts and are concerned about her welfare.
It's strange, and maybe you don't feel this way, but I like my commenters. I've been incredibly privileged to meet such creative, funny, sharing and wonderful people. All of them. You know that it's my dream to meet many of you and hopefully I will. I love receiving emails from you, hearing your trials and tribulations, sharing your homespun disasters and family feuds, marvelling at your writing and artwork and hearing about your lives. It's strange how you can become so attached to many people you have never met.
And now, make me a promise. If you decide its all too much, fall ill or cannot blog anymore or simply don't want to, just email or get someone to do it for you so that I understand why you've left. I don't know how long I'll keep this shenanigans up but my kids are under strict instructions that should I fall off the tree or be unable to type, they will at least let you know what's what.
Birdy, if you're out there, just let your loyal fans know that life is good. We miss you.