Hi, all! I've been meaning to start a blog, but just haven't gotten around to it. So I don't see why I shouldn't start one here.
Thanks to everyone who sent the Captain birthday wishes yesterday. He had a really happy birthday, which is good, because he has really started to dread birthdays. He says everyone forgot him last year on his 50th. While I don't think that's entirely true, I know those big "landmark" birthdays are stressful even though they shouldn't be because they just mark another year. This year he got lots of messages on Facebook and some folks he works with got him Spiderman cupcakes--the kind you get for kids' birthdays! But they were kind of appropriate for Captain Comics!
I think the reason everyone remembered his birthday this year is because of the social networks--this site and Facebook. I have always resisted getting into social networking because I thought you couldn't have "real" relationships that way. But sometimes "real" relationships aren't what you need or want. Sometimes a kind word from a friendly relative stranger is good enough and can make your day.
I've recently delved into Twitter, supposedly for work. My boss doesn't know that I'm spending most of my work day making contacts with liberal bloggers and sending them snarky messages. While sometimes that can backfire (and has on me), I still think it's a valuable way to make contacts and build up a base of supporters. And isn't that what we all need--not just in the work world, but in the real world?