Momentary pauses in cyberspace...

I got to thinking about blogs and the fact that anyone can leave a comment to my posts. When someone comments, the polite thing to do is to respond with a comment under theirs. This may prompt an additional comment but really that person has no real intention of in depth discussion. They're just passing through.

It's a lot like walking down the street with a complete stranger approaching from the opposite direction. Your intention is to simply pass them by but as you come within talking distance the stranger says 'Hi, nice day isn't it.' Like they needed to share that little highlight of information to brighten your day too.

You can smile and nod in agreement, or go so far as to say 'Yes isn't it' whilst passing by without so much as a break in stride. It's all that is required to be polite.

Sometimes though, you want a bit more from your stranger. Why did they decide to say 'Hi' to you? Unfortunately you can't back track and ask your stranger that question without feeling awkward. You can't get to know them right then.

You can only hope they walk past again another day so that you can begin those first steps towards making a friend. The more they walk past the more familiar you each become.

I wonder about people who leave comments and seemingly never 'walk' this way again? Are they not interested in reading your reply? Why did they comment in the first place if they knew they weren't coming back? What's in it for them if they didn't wish to be acknowledged?

I don't have any answers but maybe you can shed some light? Yes you, who will read this and be prompted to say 'Hi'.

-TET
http://www.extraordinarytourist.com/

What's going on with this blog??

You may have noticed that the previous post in this blog is dated back to 2004, which may prompt you to wonder why I haven't posted in 2005 until now?

The short answer is, I disconnected this blog from my web site last year and just haven't used it.

If you're wondering why all of a sudden it's started popping up in the 'Recently updated blogs' list (or wherever it's been popping up) it's because I'm working on bringing this blog back into my site from January 2006.

So if you found your way to my web site and do like my artwork then consider signing up to my newsletter. I only send my newsletter out once a month to let my readers know that there is new stuff to see/read on my web site.

I'm making a lot of changes in 2006 so there will be plenty to see and read (and of course buy).

For your convenience here is a list of my sites with my art:

The Extraordinary Tourist - my personal art space.
http://www.extraordinarytourist.com/

Happy Cat Jac - All my early humorous Cat paintings.
http://www.cafepress.com/etourist/1134236

Art Time Productions - how to hire me to paint for you.
http://www.arttimeproductions.com/

Art Wanted - another portfolio with artworks not featured on my sites.
http://www.artwanted.com/etourist/

MSN Space - The blog I have been writing during 2005.
http://spaces.msn.com/members/extraordinarytourist/

See you all in 2006 :)
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