|Totally unrelated photo...but you love it when I do this, I'm sure!|
I've decided that you don't know someone till you've heard them. I can talk to you online, and I form a picture of your sweet self in my mind, but I don't think about how you'll sound. And that's kinda like the final part of the jigsaw. And after the Crop last weekend, I also realise that it's something you'll never be able to guess at. Pam, for example, came across the M4 from Swindon....all the time we've known her online, that's where she's been. In fact, she's lived there for more than a handful of years. So of course, colour me surprised when she talked to me in her warm and friendly Scots accent! And of course, a native of Liverpool, our Jo has a wonderful friendly scouse accent...which she can turn up and tune to the point of foreign! Combine that with her warm, look-at-you-all-the-time she talks to you attitude and you start to realise that however good online is, it's not the best. I noticed for example on her blog post yesterday, that Mary Anne was surprised that someone at the Crop was surprised to discover that she's American. Given my surprise on Saturday when we all chatted to each other, I'm no longer surprised! Is this making any sense at all?
Mind you, as Kirsty said, our blogs are very much about us as individuals; we can kind of create an image, huh. I wonder if mine is completely destroyed for 20 odd WOYWWers now! If you're very clever, you could completely 'guide' reader opinion of your character and likeable-ness (if that's even a word - don't offer likeability as an alternative please, that's just as bad). I think I write as I speak. I know I have to type fast to keep up with the stream coming from my mind...and I frequently delete delete delete whole chunks of text when I'm editing...not to change your opinion of me per se, but certainly to reign in the unnecessary, uninteresting and frankly boring parts of my thought stream. Now, if you want to meet the counter opposite of the person you've got a picture of in your head ..you've just got to meet Donna. Now shorter of hair (!) than I remember, but otherwise, not at all who I thought I knew. Quietly spoken and totally 'in the zone' as soon as she picked up anything crafty; it's no wonder she's prolific and creative. And so smiley.
So now, if you want to meet some fellow WOYWWers or join any sort of craft group, how about it - get your gander up, courage to the front and put the call out. It's far easier than you think..and.....you'll know people for reals!