Even before I was pregnant I would sometimes think what a horrible world to bring a child into. Watching the news can be very unsettling. Horrible things happening to good people. Dickheads breaking into my husband’s car and kids who graffiti’d our car and fence 2 days before Christmas just simply give me the shits.
Wanker drivers speeding through school zones, horrible people just having no regard for other people’s property in general and worse other people’s lives.
Then last week what some would think was a very minute thing happened that made me smile. A short little message on Twitter from my ‘online’ friend Jodie that said: “Say hi to bubs from Aunty Jodie for me, ok? x”
You see I’ve never met Jodie in the sense of we’ve never met in real life. We met online through our blogs. I know that Jodie is a wonderful Mum to 3 boys, is actively involved with their school. And writes beautiful and funny posts which I look forward to reading every day. And while all this happens online, I feel like Jodie is an old friend who just lives around the corner and would in fact be a surrogate Aunty to our bub!
People often turn their noses up at people who spend a lot of time online, but for me it’s second nature. When I’m at work I’m in front of the computer all day long. When I’m at home, and Hubby’s at work, I’m usually on the computer most of the day too. It may come as a surprise to learn that I can actually be quite shy around people that I don’t know. And being able to read other people’s experiences and share mine all from the comfort of my own home really appeals to me.
I’ve written before about what an amazing community the online world can be. Perfect strangers offering support and love and sharing happy and sad stories.
So thanks Jodie for making me smile! I’m sure in the not too distant future when bubs no doubt learns to tweet before it can talk, it’ll say hi back, to its fave online Aunty!
Something fun to kick off Friday! (Thanks Max Markson via Twitter: www.twitter.com/maxmarkson).
Now I could get all high and mighty and ramble on about how young girls shouldn’t be dancing in a sexy way, but you know what? It’s Friday and they do a bloody good job at giving Beyonce a run for her money, so just enjoy!
Oh and I’d like to dedicate this to a certain cafe owner. You know who you are!
And just to keep the fun going check out this one! (Stephen Rinaldo, www.twitter.com/stephenrinaldo, thanks for the reminder of this one!)
I was introduced to the micro-blogging site Twitter a few months back by my fellow Sticky Thinkers here at Sticky Advertising. It didn’t take long before I became slightly hooked and started building up a list of interesting people I was following.
While my current following count only sits at 207 I find myself struggling to keep up with all the interesting (and sometimes not so interesting) things that people have to say. I often spend the early morning or early eveing going back through the tweets to make sure I haven’t missed anything exciting. (No I don’t have a life!!!)
This has lead me to ask the question that when someone follows you and you don’t necessarily want to follow them back is that rude? I was once told that it’s polite to follow people back, but if someone asked me to be friends on Facebook and I didn’t know them or like them then I’d say no, so why should it be any different here.