This is the age of digital socializing.
If you don’t believe me what are you doing reading this? :p
Everybody who is anybody (might be a good idea to turn the sarcasm meters off now), belongs to one social networking site or another. And on those sites are a collection of addictive, time-wasting apps that gather cult followings. My particular addiction is “Tagging” sites. People post pics. You then can “tag” said people with a selection of generic tags, or if you are daring, get original. Then the site stops working and someone makes a new one, and all the original faces move on to the new site. But not to worry, there will also be a collection of new cult followers. Granted a large percentage of folk on these sites are looking for something they will never find. But there are also genuine friends to be made.
So I am on the newest incarnation of this drug, no doubt with a glazed and slack-jawed look on my face as I manically tag. Most pics that trigger my tagging reflex get a generic tag. But some inspire the original tag. I come across a picture of a stunning woman with the following greeting line: “Gay/Taken/Hobo/Hacker/Ninja/Pirate/Geek/Girl Called Pete”.
OK. This one is worth a look. I click on About ME (apparently considered sacrilege by many). Alright I looked at More Pics first. I AM a guy! And her About Me says this: “I’m warning you, I’m weightless – don’t hang anything on me if you ever want to see it again.”
Yep. I’m hooked. Of course the following thought process flashes through my brain before I dare come up with an Incredibly Original Tag:
PETE: Beautiful. ME: Well, me.
PETE: Has a girl friend. ME: Saw the word girlfriend in the dictionary once.
PETE: Smart. ME: The jury is out.
PETE: Heavy Metal ME: Love the Hokey Pokey!
PETE: Sarcastic. ME: Sarcastic.
Ah! A match made in binary!
Time for The Incredibly Original Tag. Of course I have no idea what I actually said (probably forgot it 10 seconds after posting it as is the norm). But whatever I said worked because she actually responded. We exchanged a few notes and lo and behold: A New Friend!
Now Pete has expressed an interest in blogging. But she is not really sure she is ready to take the step and create a full on blog. So I am gonna post anything she comes up with on my site for now under the category A Girl Called Pete (in my mind an awesome name for a blog) while she decides if she enjoys it or not. Of course it is not as if I have a huge following of readers, but ya gotta start somewhere! Besides I suspect she will quickly gather a cult following of her own and soon far surpass me!
So my blogging buddies, let us all welcome:
UPDATE: After just a few posts, Pete decided that she rather enjoyed the whole blogging idea, so she has now developed her own site. Swing on over to A Girl Called Pete and say hi!