Who really cares?
I went to visit some relations in Ireland recently, one of whom I have known 'of' but never had any kind of relationship 'with' - a first cousin. This cousin of mine 'blogs' and it is through blogging that I came to know him a little better. The plan was that I stay with my Aunt and Uncle, an aunt and uncle who know that I don't know this cousin. It came as a surprise to them when he rang to see if I had arrived.
On arriving at Dublin airport my Aunt said:
"Frank rang to let you know he'll be in The Clermont tonight if you want to join them"
I could tell by the way she said it that she was itching to know exaclty how this came about. I felt the need to explain.
"Oh" says I
"Yeah frank and I have been in touch over the blogs"
(not thinking for one moment that this would mean ANYTHING to her)
"What's a blog" she asked (the first of about 10 times I was asked throughout my 4 day stay)
I found myself saying the following:
"it's kinda like an online diary....only not really, in that it's not private and it's not really common to type your innermost thoughts. I suppose it's more like an opportunity to write down your opinions on certain issues and gather responses from other people"
"What??? why would anyone be interested in that" she said
I went on:
"well (now clutching at straws) for example, with friends and family living in other countries it's a nice way to keep up with each other and maybe understand one another a little better."
I carried on (I shouldn't have)
"Like the other day i put a picture of a mango on my blog and said that i like peeling ripe mangos" (Even as I say it I think I sound mentally ill.....I'm assuming she does too)
*Laughter* (AT me)
"Why would ANYONE want to know that?"
I had no answer to that. The truth is they probably don't.
No matter how much I tried to explain the joys of blogging they (now uncle and cousins too) weren't really buying it. I think it's now generally agreed that they think i'm a bit odd and a bit egotistical....but then I guess I am so what's the harm.
It did get me thinking though about what a funny pursuit it is. Maybe not in Franks case but in mine....it does seem a little pointless. BUT, though i've been away for a while, I do enjoy it....so i guess that's the point!
Whether anyone else does is another question.