My pal TT was talking about privacy and real life friends and closeness and understanding and so I went and cut the lawn and thought on it an have to post a bit.
When I started pottersblog 2+ years ago, it was under the name 'GR' and I didn't say where I lived and there wasn't any picture of me. I was terrified of being found, because we had moved earlier that year from a neighborhood where we had been creatively stalked for 3 years by people who had a meth lab up our former street. They were BAD people, and so we sold our house secretly and told people we knew around our old house we had moved to Florida.
What a difference 2-3 years make! No peeps from those drug dealers (those types of people often don't need the police to catch them, as they manage to self-destruct on their own), fingers crossed. And so, I put my name on the blog, and pics, and even where we live. It has been OK! And we have had visitors from blog land visit us and we have gone to see them and it is a thrill.
TT goes on to mention that sometimes blog friends get her better than the real life friends. Well! I am amazed at the crowd I hang around with online, as different as we all are, we all share a common thread---it is friendliness, fun, creativity and RESPECT. Something very valuable, something to tresure, and thanks all of you for traveling with me to this new blog, which is, of course, more the same. Now I have to figure out this following thing, so bear with me....