Sidey has been fiendish and I am digging in my heels. I won’t do her latest challenge. It’s impossible. I refuse …
In the wake of Thursday night’s little party at my house, my heart is warm and fuzzy with gratitude for the amazing friends I’ve made through my almost-four-years of blogging. I’ve just returned from the Post Office, where I collected a poetry book sent to me by a man I’ve never met in the flesh, but who I consider a dear friend.
I consider blogging similar to a book with widely diverse chapters and so – because I can – here is my list of eight chapters of bloggers. Sidey will forgive me, I know she will; she is one of my dearest friends …
The (not so) surprising thing that hit me is how many bloggers feature in more than one chapter …
1. THE GUARD OF HONOUR
These are the bloggers who were well-established when I started blogging and who gave me such a warm welcome. With an enviable maturity, they set the standards for gracious behaviour and good manners on the blogs at all times. Their dignified conduct is a lesson to all. And they appreciate wine.
2. THE SAGE SPECIALISTS
I don’t know much about technology, politics, cars or sports; I adore cooking but am always delighted to learn new tricks. These boffin-bloggers offer news and information and make sense out of what would otherwise be a chaotic world for me.
3. THE LITERATI
Prose, poetry, love of words; photographs, paintings and pencil sketches.
Music, movies and daring to share:
“And the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit.” Seneca.
4. THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS
Grandparents, young brides trying to conceive, empty nesters wondering what to do with idle hours. Learning to walk and coping with the confusion of the EMO generation, teenaged ballgowns and ungrateful brats. Sticky little hands and picky eaters. We’re in this together …
5. LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX
I sometimes need a blood pressure tablet to deal with this naughty bridgade; the raunchy stories and saucy comments. If I’m lucky, I come in the line of fire for a bit of innocent flirtation, which inevitably puts a little spring in my step. No, I will never sleep (or stay awake, as it were) with you, but feel free to threaten to lick my brain or give my bum a virtual bum feel. You make me smile.
6. THE FEELGOOD CROWD
Even when I’m feeling low; there’s always some Cyanide and Happiness, a hug or a simple wish of goodwill, a challenge or a thought-provoking quote. Tales of raucous parties and weekend adventures; falling off barstools or motorbikes. Something that will make me lol, rotflmao or lmao! See how much I’ve learned in four short years? A whole new lingua franca!
7. THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB
Young love and honeymoons, love lost, betrothal and betrayal.
Death, divorce and the desperate hopelessness of infidelity.
All stories to tug at our heartstrings, but we root for the bloggers inside these scenes and try to offer support and guidance.
KillJoy was here … it tried to make its mark, but we took no notice of the slime, so it simply went away …
Bloggers rock my world.