Saturday, 31 January 2009
I reached my half-century today. Fifty not out! Of course, I raised my bat in acknowledgement of the crowd’s applause. And then I immediately clicked to see who follower number fifty might be. And as I did so I was whisked across the Atlantic to someone who had found me, ‘friend of a friend’ style and was asking, in her sidebar, that we pray for a little girl called ‘Tuesday’. I clicked, I read, I cried, I prayed. I also got there just a day too late. Tuesday died on January 30th 2009. And so I thought - why bother? What are we all here for? No, not in an existential sense (although it might as well have been) but in a moment of blogging reflection. As Suburbia says, there are currently around 70 million blogs on the internet. About 120,000 new blogs are being created worldwide each day. That's about 1.4 blogs created every second of every day. So what are we all doing here? Well, I’ve decided why I’m here. The Blog-o-sphere is full of real human lives and human life stories, expressed without intrusive journalists or TV hosts imposing an agenda. And the personal expressions are on the whole so simple, and so moving. I didn’t know it then, but that is why I blog now. ‘No man is an island’ wrote John Donne, but little could he possibly have known how this great cyber-sea we’re all surrounded by keeps washing messages upon our little shore. And as a poet rather closer to our own age said: ...we should be careful of each other, we should be kind while there is still time.