I was amused, recently, to read a set of comments about those who write blog posts, add status updates to their Facebook profile, photos to their Instagram profile or Tweet to Twitter apologizing for not having been present for a while. Generally they seem to ask if anyone had missed them which, as we all know, is a waste of time as, clearly, no one has or they would have been in touch.
So it is with me, aside from the apologizing for not having been here. I can see that the same number of people have visited this site, and that the same number of spam comments have been consigned to the trash and that all is well with the world, even if I haven’t written anything. I have been, as they say, otherwise engaged. In Real Life. Doing Things. Away from the Internet.
Photo Source: Ilya Yakubovich – Creative Commons
I had to write that in such a style because, for some, it would be an overwhelming revelation: a life away from the monitor, away from the miniature screen. Unbelievable, in these days of virtual Virtual Reality, that anyone should want to concern themselves with the Real World when there is so much going on online. We are approaching the times when, as with Sandra Bullock, in a film the name of which I have forgotten, there is only sex with headphones.
I, however, have been doing things. Really! Not quite watching paint peel, or dry, but almost. Stripping down old wooden doors and then repainting them, something which not only takes a considerably amount of time, but smells abominable too! And, of course, a few other things not concerned with our new house, such as reading and writing and – good news all round – putting the final editorial touches to our next publication which I hope to have out at the end of this month.
And it is to these things I now return, otherwise nothing will ever be done!
- Viktoria Michaelis.