One of the things that I like most about this blogging lark is all of the really great people who I have ‘met’ as a result. I love to read the blogs that appear in my blogroll because I am in awe of the skills that the artists and photographers possess, enjoy the recipes that others create, love to see gardens progress and children grow and hear about how others live and love. I am often astonished by the honesty and articulation of feelings and I am thrilled when others comment on things that are quite often dear to me. Having said that, I do think that there is the danger of (as Mr Planet puts it) liking to have ones ego stroked and I hope that what I write never comes across as a wish for that. There is nothing less attractive in a person (or a blog) in looking for compliments or fishing for praise. The reason that I say this is that I have recently seen this on a blog – there was a controversial post, some argumentative comments, some rude comments, the blogger threw all his toys out of his pram (mostly because he hates to be disagreed with) then threatened to stop the blog because of the argumentative comments (some of which were entirely justified) or stop publishing the comments good or bad. Two days passed whilst he ‘thought about things’ and there then followed publication of all the comments telling the blogger how wonderful he is. A bigger ego stroke I have never seen.
Anyway (just climbing down from my soap box) the other thing that I like about blogging are the swaps and prizes that are sometimes out there. I have recently ‘won’ a postcard from Jill over at TodayISaw – a project which is sadly to end and I also ‘won’ this wonderful photo from Nisha over at Violet Diaries
She takes a different picture everyday and posts it along with her list of ‘grace in small things’ which are observations and musings on life in a few words. I can’t remember how I came across it but I do really like her sometimes quirky photos and words. So thanks Nisha – it’s been framed and is hanging in my newly painted kitchen!
I also have recently participated in a music swap with Anna at LillaLotta. She was fed up listening to the same stuff and so swapped cds with several of her fellow bloggees (can I say that?). Anna paints, illustrates, creates and photographs wonderfully. Oh yes, and also lives in the south of France…you can go off people! My package arrived beautifully addressed and this is what was inside
It was a lovely package and the music was lovely too. So thanks Anna!
Blogging and swapping reminds me of having pen pals when I was in my early teens and living in the middle of nowhere in Ireland. I had loads in quite far flung places like Colombia and Brazil and I can remember the thrill of the postman coming bearing letters with exotic stamps on flimsy airmail paper. I can’t remember what I wrote about when I replied to them, but their letters transported me away from parochial Ireland to lands that existed only in my imagination. I still get that same thrill when I get letters and parcels now (well not bills obviously!) and especially when they come from people who I don’t know. That adds to the thrill.
Talking of thrills and presents – I’m seeing the Smallest Baby Girl later today and have made her this
A pattern courtesy of Mrs Mutterer . It’s a bit lumpy in places but it was my first attempt. She’ll either love it or hate it. Watch this space!
UPDATE – I think she likes it