Thursday, 29 December 2011

Blogging and Friendship


I haven't blogged recently and I'm sad about that. I started the blog with all good intentions and then I've allowed life to get in the way. I'm not happy about that but if I'm philosophical it's probably what happens for most of us. I love writing down my thoughts and I'm so pleased that someone or anyone wants to read them. To my surprise I've had lots of great feedback and the problem page seems to be popular which is fabulous. I am delighted that I am trusted in this way and I am also humbled. It is not an easy thing to share a trouble but I'm hoping that by reading what others have had to say it will encourage more of you to participate.

I have chatted and made contact with or made friends with some talented people of various nationalities while I've been blogging. However, unfortunately, I have lost contact with someone I thought could be a friend, and a friend of  more than twenty years ended our relationship quite recently. I am sorry about both but trust to the universe that it is appropriate and I wish both of them well. But the sadness around that loss is overridden by the wonderfully talented people I've come into contact with like author Lizzie Speller who was one of the first tweeps I became really interested in. She is a very talented and a generous hearted woman and continues to inspire me. Then there's Rick Belden who is a lovely man. I was introduced to him  by another tweep who I've now lost contact with but luckily I have managed to maintain my friendship with Rick. He's a brilliant poet and a campaigner for men. One of his books is on my recommended page. It's strong stuff but I'm sure you'll be impressed. Also there's Diane an admirable woman who is a newly published author of a very good first novel. She's just delightful and I have Jane Alexander who is an award winning blogger and much published writer to thank for introducing us. Another favourite is Lynn Shepherd she initially caught my interest because of her reworking of an Austen novel and when we started tweeting I found out she was not only kind but also very interesting. 

Someone else who caught my interest is super blogger, writer and detective Suzie Ivy she has so much commonsense combined with a sense of humour and pzazz. In my opinion every time line should have a Suzie. She always has something good to say and she takes time out from the hard sell to share who she is. There's Pat who like me is retired but she finds time to write some pretty good short stories and Sheila who writes a mean blog or Jenny a gentle woman who makes jewellery and would do anything to support her family and friends or Brygida who is full of fun and a LGBT activist. There's Cindy my pal from across the pond or Nikki from down south who unfailingly checks up on me and who has been so supportive through my recent trauma and Dave and Bob the Geordie lads who keep me smiling even on the darkest days. Finally there's Ceri Wheeldon who writes a magazine for the over fifties. I've described her before as the consummate business woman but she'll take time out to help if you need it. I have to stop now because the list really is endless but I hope you're feeling the love because that's what I feel for these fabulous people.

I bless the day I signed up for twitter and I'm so pleased I decided to blog. I promise that now I've started again I will not stop. By the way as a footnote I now have a facebook page do come and join me anytime.


8 comments:

  1. Oh WOW, you have made me smile to the point of tears. I love Twitter because it has connected me with such great people. You are one of them. Now I need to connect with all the tweeps you've mentioned. If they are anything like you, I will love them all! Thank you Babs and may you continue your wonderful blog for many years:-)

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  2. There I was awake at this late hour and I came here and found your lovely post. What a super reward for not being able to sleep with my painful back!  I am humbled and delighted to be among your  friends, Babs, and now I'm going to go off and find them and follow them too. Thank you so much, and I think you know I feel the same. Twitter is wonderful for making new friends, and I do consider you a friend. It hurts when friends decide to move on without you, but I often think their reasons are usually more about them and the stage of life they find themselves at, rather than against the friend they choose to leave. So yes, all we can do is wish them well, and then go on and make new friends. And with Twitter there are no more lonely, sleepless nights. :)

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  3. How very kind of you to mention me in this post. I often find myself wondering how I connected with this person or that on Twitter. I'm seldom able to come up with an answer. Connections with folks like you just seem to have come into being at some point and I can't even say precisely when, much less how.

    In any case, your active support of my work in 2011 has been a great source of encouragement to me and is much appreciated. I look forward to a continuing the conversation in 2012 and hope the coming year is healthy, happy, and fulfilling for you.

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  4. just articulating what I feel x

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  5. whenever I see you on my time line I smile. I am so grateful to Jane for the intro. I do hope you're back feels better very soon x

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  6. I don't think perhaps you aware of how your generosity affected me. I look forward to maintaining our connection x

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  7. I feel very humble and honoured to be mentioned in this post B - just remember how important you are to all of us with your humour & grounded positivity - you've certainly lifted me at my lowest points.

    Looking forward to many more blogs and chats on Twitter!

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  8. I too am so glad to have found so many special friends through Twitter - its certainly made the world a much nicer place - and thank you for your lovely frendship - sheila

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