I've been having a virtual holiday as well as one from the normal routines of daily life by spending time looking around at other web sites to see what the general feeling about writing might be. My ears are now clogged with the buzz of thousands, millions of conversations going on all over the Internet, all over the world. It truly is an amazing thing. Everyone has something to say on the subject and there are a few who like to push their point home in a very determined manner whilst those with a quieter, softer approach are in danger of becoming lost in the melee. I'm not sure just how much the former hope to endear themselves to would be agents or publishers but they do appear to practice the 'he who shouts loudest' philosophy rather freely, verbally bashing anyone who stands in their way or dares to disagree unless they prove themselves to be a worthy adversary. Not an easy task for the frail and vulnerable.
Something else that has struck me is how difficult it is to read/understand the comments that people from different cultural backgrounds make. What could be deemed as light hearted here was taken very seriously elsewhere and vice versa. It makes me wonder just how much time the individual spends in front of their computer screens, as oppose to engaging with the world in the physical sense, for minor details to become such major issues?
On the plus side, the challenges can be rewarding. Being alive in the world, having an opinion and somewhere to put it without undue risk to one's personal safety, encourages a healthy attitude towards debate and respect for the views of others. Something I have always felt was practised here to be honest and although I may wander abroad from time to time to see what the other fella' thinks, these few sticks of virtual furniture will always be home to me.