I’ve blogged for years. Not very consistently I’ll admit, or at least not in ‘public’. And in truth, I don’t consider anonymous posting, public in any real sense but there’s a lot to be said for expressing oneself whilst concealed from one’s ‘real life’ and real family and friends. Within a short space of time though, the screen name and new persona you have built for yourself becomes as much a part of you, the real you, as your real self – if you follow my drift! And with that persona comes all the trappings of a normal human life – good relationships, failed relationships, the misunderstandings as well as highs of human interaction. Just like emigrating and starting over somewhere else, life follows you relentlessly – the lawn needs cutting wherever you choose to live, as they say.
Anyway, a friend reminded me today that ten years have passed since she and I first chatted via a message board, then progressed to instant messaging, and then took the big step and met in real life. Which means it’s a whopping ten years since I became Sweet Thing and Sweet Thing met someone off of the Internet! Back then being anonymous was what it was all about, in the days before Facebook when the Internet was the big scary bad and no-one knew if someone could come and attack you in your home if you gave out your real name. Sweet was brave enough to do things I wasn’t. Sweet would post on message boards. Sweet wrote fanfic and posted it and got feedback and became a little addicted to checking her email box for messages and comments. And Sweet made new friends and had a blast and some of those new friends, were destined to become old friends (see above).
Sweet found her own place in the world, and some days, I think she left me far behind!
So WordPress invites me to be Sweet again… and that’s interesting. Because she was always a lot more mouthy that I am!