Communication Conundrums

Having committed myself to a

My Blog Theme (have you spotted it yet?) 

I have to wait for the right set of circumstances to unite and give me my post title. This one is happening today, in abundance.


for many of us has become complex. We talk, listen, write, read, text, email, post letters (?), create Internet text, phone using landlines and cyberspace ... on and on we go finding more ways to complicate the human need to interact with each other using spoken and written language.

So, today the Davis household is drowning in communication


  • husband is trying to work out how to keep the apps and contacts on his increasingly disloyal mobile phone. I've joined in and about to see if the file I've downloaded will enable him to sync his phone with the PC or laptop, thus enabling him to backup his files - we'll see ...
  • good friend's email address was hacked overnight resulting in dodgy links arriving in her contacts' Inboxes this morning, allegedly posting as her but clearly nothing to do with the friend we all know, love & trust. Said friend is battling cancer right now - she did not need this ...
  • yours truly has been attempting to place her own URL in the window above this blog - you reckon that sounds easy? Logically, it is. Navigating the various 'help' pages is proving complex beyond all belief. I've worked with PCs for over 15 years now but it has all got more involved than the last time I pointed my blog to my own (other) URL ...


Every time Man discovers a new way to communicate, the pre-existing systems interrelate immediately so that they all become more complex, harder for Oswald & Olive Ordinary to navigate.

What part of the communication system is a conundrum to you? Please comment ...

Blessed Bloggers

No, I am not swearing! I truly bless other bloggers, the ones that educate, entertain, journalise and let off steam by way of keeping an online diary that we know as a blog. They are varied, so let's examine them with the oft-used device,

What, Why, When & Where?

What is a Blog?

According to the Wikipedia link above, a blog is
'(a truncation of the expression web log)[1]'
and goes on to say
'a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts")'

Why Write a Blog?

I can only write for myself as clearly there are as many reasons as there are blogs. 

My first blog discussed my health. I was acclimatising to a life with MS having been retired early from school teaching, on medical grounds.

As the years rolled on, I wrote again and again in yet another new blog. I knew this was rather precocious behaviour but I wasn't settled. For all the words I churned out about a stuffed toy lamb called Lola (cue cute photo, left), myself, my writing ... for all the comments I made on other blogs ... there was something missing in terms of achievement and peace.

Then, dear readers, I married the hobby of papercrafting. Now there was something to write about and to show the world. Ha!

I restarted one or two or three blogs and now regret the loss of material through such a butterfly approach to craft blogging. The Web is full of wonderful craft blogs, bulging with clever photos of gorgeous creations - greeting cards, scrapbooks, altered art - using simple and difficult techniques, a myriad of products - collectively known as 'stash'. 

And so I am back to my first love. Here I am writing simply because it is what I love doing best.

When Do You Write a Blog?

Hats off to the bloggers who write daily for theirs will be the kingdom of the Web. What is more they do not seem to run out of ideas for they are using the medium for what it was designed - they write an open-air diary of events, thoughts, feelings and the Human Predicament or their consuming passion, be it literary, the arts, technology or science.

Me? I write when I have something to day and that is not every day. When I am not posting, I am being true to myself and not pouring my heart out to you all.

Where Can You Write a Blog?

 photo Twitter.pngClearly, you must be wired or wi-fied (is this a word?) up to the Internet with a bespoke space that you've customised to suit your requirements. Once established, you can email your piece, write online by PC, laptop, netbook, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also write by hand and then type into your blog space by one of the methods listed above. I wonder how many of us do that?
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Of course, ardent bloggers will plan their campaign, sorry - compositions - and schedule their posts to suit their plan of attack.

Many businesses are being run online or promoted via the web using the wide opportunities that Social Media offer us.

 photo Pinterest.pngBlogging is here to stay, it seems. Does being published online have more say about our motives than we'd all care to admit?

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