Tuesday, 21 October 2008

GLOBAL VILLAGE OR INSULAR TOWN, I KNOW WHICH ONE I WANT




Isn't blogging wonderful?

You decide to write some pearls of wisdom, or complete gibberish, depending on how it is received by your readers!

And low and behold people from all over the world come by and call upon you.
If you are really lucky they even leave a comment or two.
And then if you are even luckier a relationship starts being established as you return the compliment and go back to their blog and leave a comment for them.
This in turn, well at least if your me, means you make the effort to actually meet some of these wonderful people that I've been commenting on.

I am probably crazy anyway, so meeting strange a man to go walking this time last year and then walking 8 miles in the deepest countryside that the Peak Park has to offer, never seemed a mad idea. Anymore than driving up to lunch in Liverpool. Or embarking on a short love affair with a man the opposite end of the country. Or my wildest meeting, driving for 7 hours down to Virginia from Philadelphia, to stay with someone I'd never met before and her family for three days, seemed perfectly OK to me. And as for the blog parties I've held and will have again at Christmas....

And I really love this new blog roll that tells you whose just written something, as a computer phobe I never got the hang of getting that infomation before

I also get a lot of pleasure from looking at my statistics.... OK, I know I should get a life, but hey they're interesting. The fact that I can work out who some people are who visit me, and never leave comments amuses me. The fact that people come from so far away from me, and happen upon little me stuck in the middle of a small town in the middle of England is amazing. OK I know those people may not think where they come from is that fascinating to them , but to me, knowing that someone from Hawaii or Shanghai, India or Africa, Germany or Finland has bothered to glance at me is just incredible.

I love this world shrinking stuff, the world where we allow ourselves to be part of a global village and not isolated little pockets of insular society. Even though I live in a place like that and certainly have had to cope with the mindset of people who live in their insular way here. I don't have to be part of that mindset.

I can spend my time extending my world by blogging and allowing relationships to become real with people who, if I didn't blog I would never have had a hope in hell of ever coming across.

It has to be said that this world is kinder to me than the world in my small town is to me, and the people I used to call my friends, who no longer want anything to do with me, nor, more importantly, me them.

But I would like to challenge all those lovely people (I'm assuming you're lovely, cause it would be mean to think otherwise on no knowledge of you!) who pass by and don't comment to stop and say hello to me! Oh and of course not ignoring the people who do bother with me, I wouldn't be where I am today without you!!

I promise I won't bite, well not very hard, and only if you ask me nicely!!!!

Go on what have you got to lose, and you never know you just might make another friend and wouldn't that be fun to have? Well I think so anyway.

18 comments:

nitebyrd said...

I've met and really met the most wonderful friends via the computer. What you've said is so true - you don't bite! LOL And you're a fantastic blogger!

Fire Byrd said...

ooooh I'm blushing now nitebyrd!
thanks for that lovely compliment.
hugs xx

Mei Del said...

i love your pictures and your words too. but knowing how long some pictures take to upload i try to click on them and appreciate them more although you know i've been known to read some posts several times too ...

Lady in red said...

well I for one am really glad that you found my blog 18 months ago and left a comment as now we are good friends and have had the priviledge to meet several times but more than that we have supported each other through some difficult times.

Walker said...

The internet with its blogging and other realtime interactive mediums open up a new world and experiences.
Five years ago I flew 3000 miles then took three ferries and a 12 hour bus ride to go to the middle of no where to shack up with four women i have never met before other than on line and stayed there for a week and had a great time.
Life is interesting if you're willing to take the risks.

Val said...

I agree - am loving my new blogkin and having such a huge amount of fun. thanks for yours! xx

Angela said...

Firy Byrd, it has been a pleasure getting to know you! I agree to all you and your commenters say and include myself in your blogkin, as Val so nicely calls it. Yes, you are right, there are always these people who can only think in very small dimensions, and I always think how sad for THEM! They don`t even know what they are missing! (Hey, where did you get those readers from Shanghai and Hawaii?!!)

Mel said...

:-)

*waving from way over here*

AND I have a beautiful smokey quartz crystal egg that smells heavenly to gaze at!

<-- I won!! I won!!!!!!

<-- Considered herself a winner for the company she's been keeping LONG before she got one answer write on the competition! LOL

(((((((( the byrdie )))))))))

It's gorgeous, thank you!

And I absolutely ADORE how small this vast world is!

I should learn how to read my counter thingy, huh? ;-)

Gledwood said...

Statistics: I used to spend ages fascinatingly entranced especially when I'd got all 6 continents in my last 100 hits

I think the global village can only be good for writing/communications/etc...

now when I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) I automatically write for anyone anywhere who speaks English, but I don't assume they understand English customs... I think this makes the job far more interesting

trousers said...

Bloody hell, you must be mad - you'd never find me meeting up with someone for the first time and going on a remote countryside walk!

Anyway yes, for the reasons you mention, blogging is indeed wonderful: and I too love how kind a world it is to me.

Fire Byrd said...

mei, glad you like the pics, and the words sometimes!

lady, i'm so pleased we're friends as well, and it has been good that we have been there for each other in the last year.

walker, you do lead an exciting life.... four women,hat's impressive!

val, great new word blogkin, sums it up really well. It is a pleasure to be getting to know you too.

angela, it is a pleasure to be getting to know you as well. I don't know who the people are in Shanghai or Hawaii are they won't leave comments! Thank you , though for your wonderful words of encouragement about my book. It felt very positive affirmation that I'm on the right track.

mel, I'm really pleased your prize has turned up already,and even more pleased by your lovely words... you are important to me, and I'm pleased you think I'm ok too.

gledwood, it is so satisfying to be able to relate to people from different countries and walks of life. You and I would never have spoken if it wasn't here. And for that I'm grateful for the opportunity to be able too.

trousers, you are just too cheeky my friend. And I am just so glad that we are real friends since that first walk.
xxxxxxxx

~:*:*:Pixie:*:*:~ said...

Ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!

OMG.

I so love you.

Is Arizona on your list?

aka k said...

good to see so many new "faces" commenting here :)

Sorrow said...

Counter thingy?
hmmm
Must pay attention.
It's a wonderful thing when the world is your back yard.
and it's right neighborly of you to try and get everyone to wave!
LOL!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I too love the way blogging has shrunk the world - it makes us see our similarities rather than always focussing on our differences, and that can only be a good thing in the long run - when we finally realise we're pretty much the same and no threat to each other.
xx

Trixie said...

Yep, blogging certainly can create great friendships. I just hate it when you lose blogmates when they shut down.

Fire Byrd said...

pixie, if I could take long enough work then I'd come to AZ, and Chicago and anywhere else lovely blog people live.

aka-a, welcome back. it is lovely to see different people coming here and even better when they come back.

sorrow, we should all be waving ar each other all the time.And especially me to you

absolute V, you are just so right, there is too much scare attached to difference and we are all huan beings at the end of the day.

xxxx

Fire Byrd said...

trix, i so agree with you it almost hurts for a bit. Which is mad cause why on earth should it, except I suppose that we make an investment of ourselves when we connect with others.
xx