The internet is a wonderful thing, it can put you in touch (and keep you in touch) with friends and family, work and colleagues but the new revelation is social networking software aka Blogs, wikis etc.
I was thinking about how much fun I get out of tracking, following a trail from a comment left on a blog to the owner and then following a link from their blog to another one and ending up who knows where. I have ended up at sites that have made me laugh, cry and am full of admiration at the courage and conviction of the authors.
It is like catching up with old friends and making new ones, sometimes at home and sometimes abroad; always fascinating and addictive and the different styles of writing make me hunger to jot down my own rambles.
Finding out that life in Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa is like life in England just that the seasons are different but the concerns are the same. The credit crunch, the spiralling food costs, the awareness and the levels which bloggers are going to change their own lives and their families to make a small contribution to the ecology of this planet.
I have been inspired by my blogging friends, and you all are friends, to do things I wouldn't have done; to try new recipes, to visit places; for that thank you and please continue I enjoy my visits.
For those blogging friends who are no longer active, thank you as well, your journey may have come to an end but I keep checking back in the hope that you will rise again like a phoenix from the ashes.