A couple of weeks ago I went to a nearby village and met up with some of my fellow Citizens Advice volunteers. We spent an hour or so sitting under a tree as the day drew to an end chatting.
There were seven of us, including someone I hadn’t met. It was nice to see them and to meet a new volunteer who joined virtually during the last year. It was very nice to catch up properly. I hadn’t realised how much I’d missed that until them. I’d spoken to several of them by video/chat/phone since we were last in the office but not all, and obviously that’s not the same as in person.
I have been going into the office for a couple of hours once a fortnight but it’s very different. No clients and only one other person in at the same time as me. I like it but I did enjoy the bigger group.
One of the people there, Vidya, mentioned reading my blog and asked about one of the posts. She also asked if I mind people reading but not commenting?
And actually that’s really common. Off the top of my head, I can name at least five or six people who have told me before that they read my blog and comment on it to me in person. But who don’t ever comment online.
I know a couple of them were people I know through their jobs who told me they didn’t know if they were allowed to comment. And I think several people only read it occasionally, say if I send them an email and they see the link in the signature. Or post it on FB.
And I do have to hold my own hands up and admit I’ve got really bad at commenting myself in recent years. I’m trying to comment more.
But that conversation did make me think, and wonder about who is out there reading my blog? So this is a blog for Vidya, and all my other lurkers reading this. Come say hi in the comments, it makes me smile when someone does.