I don’t post here as easily as I used to, but I have quietly committed to a monthly From the Living Room post, so I’ve been recently thinking about how to go about that. How did I pick my topics when I was posting regularly? Did writing a blog back then interfere with my writing? (Yes!)
The dilemma was answered (this month, anyway) by a little procrastination time on Twitter, when I sought out a childhood friend. We’ve been back in email-contact since, and are planning to meet next month.
It’s definitely true that some of the people you reconnect with on social networking sites are people that you would have lost contact with for good reason: maybe you didn’t have much in common; maybe there was an uncomfortable parting somewhere in the past; maybe you disagree on something vital... but sometimes, it can be great.
I had well and truly lost contact with this woman. Before the internet, we would most likely never have spoken again. But now it’s so easy to get back in touch that you can skip the awkwardness of potentially running into someone you haven’t seen in however-many years by reuniting slowly through the written word.
As someone who’s appallingly bad at conversation when I’m not comfortable (ask anyone who’s tried to speak to me on the telephone!) this is a perfect.
Image from Gflores