In this world where negative appears to fly (“Jersey Shore” etc.), encouragement blogs are “grossly under-represented.”
In other words, just like what I see on television, attack-mode dialogue seems to be preferred, and blogs that channel negative energy seem to garner serious market share and noteworthiness (think “Perez Hilton,“ although he seems to be saying lately, he’s ‘trying for a kinder, nicer Perez,’on the heels of his put-down’s of Jennifer Anniston and her confronting him.’)
Biddy’s trying to do her small part to address a need she sees: Give a positive message to all out there that “Quality matters.” To that effect, I shine a light on the people and things that I believe make this world better.
So far, my only competitors in the “encouragement blog” category are the many Christian websites that invoke God/Jesus as their co-pilot (not that there’s anything wrong with that but my blog’s non-denominational) or a site I’ve referenced before that lauds alcohol (since I’m a teetotaler, you know I don’t share that philosophy).
Periodically, I check in to see who might be new on the world wide web and recently I found Tamar Davis, a young, Grammy-nominated singer who’s got a positive message. I looked up her web page and was impressed.
And then I did something else: I Tweeted her.
That’s right…This Grandma of 65 logged in to a Twitter account, made up (and wrote down) my password, put it in appropriate place and proceeded to Tweet Tamar. I told her we’re on the same page: Because she puts out a positive message, she gives me hope in this next generation. I gave her the address of my blogsite, too, to prove to her we‘re committed to the same principles.
What did she do? “Lord, oh Lord, after checking me out, she Tweeted me back!” I kid you not! This famous young lady sent me 2 Tweets saying how much she enjoyed my posts and I know she read them, because she mentioned my shoulder-pad post with Joan Crawford’s picture front and center.
Besides, Tamar has acknowledged to me (in her Tweets) that she values my older person’s ‘wisdom’ (her word.) Now, a heads-up: If you pump her name wrong in your browser and put an “a” after Tamar (I did this once), you’ll get a whole different person, one more into the sensual arts, shall I say, as you’ll see at this website of Tamara Davis (with the extra “a.”)
Just another idiosyncrasy of the worldwide web. One letter in an address makes a powerful difference, one about which I’m sure my new friend Tamar Davis knows.
This week I’ll begin to send out requests for friends to “Follow me,” on Twitter. Twitter will allow me to write a short blurb that suggests what a new post on my website is about. I like Tweeting (act of sending out that blurb), for it’s going to force me to be “succinct” (one’s limited to # of characters,) something I never do easily.
It’s just another forum for us all to communicate and you know: I’m all for that.
As I’ve said before, when I hit that nursing home, I want to know I can hook up to computers or use my own laptop. From there, I’ll reach the ever-growing worldwide web of friends (I count you as one.) To do that, I have to learn the language.
Twitter is just one more of the dialects…. a powerful one at that.
Now, I’m going to Tweet my new friend that I’ve just written this blog post about her. Wonder if she’ll Tweet back? Why don’t you find out by “Follow me” @biddy bytes…(I’m serious–Just go to Twitter, set up an account and Tweet me @biddybytes. I’ll LOVE it, for sure.) Then go to…http://www.tamardavis.com/ to see a young woman making a positive difference.