Friday, 15 June 2012

The Positive Side of the Internet

We hear so many negative stories about the internet that I thought I'd share something positive which happened to me last night.

In December I ordered a package from October Afternoon, yes this is a wonderful side of the internet, the ability to shop anywhere in the world at any time but this is not want I want to share with you. When the package arrived there was some things in there that I didn't quite know what to do with, so I posted a question on the October Afternoon Facebook page. I received an answer from an American lady and she suggested adding her as a friend so that I could see what she had made with the products.
Anyway, time passed and we made the odd comments on each other's statuses and photos, she has recently started a little furniture business and I really wished I could buy some of her things as they are beautiful. I suggested it would be a good idea to start a blog as a way to expand, I gave her the link to my blog just to give her an idea.
Then last night, after 24 internet free hours, I logged into Facebook and read this wonderful message from her:

My dear UK friend (whom I've never met, but thru an October Afternoon kinship have bonded with)

'I read your blog tonight and, oh my goodness. You are a strong, talented and tough woman! I've had a lot of really bad luck the last year, and sat around and felt horribly depressed for the longest time. But, during my depression, I always looked forward to your status. ........
You are an inspiration, and I am looking forward to reading your next blog. Keep your chin up, there is happiness to come.
From your friend across the pond.

I hope you don't think me conceited for publishing this, but it really made me feel good inside to know that I can touch someone, or amuse someone, whom I've never met.
Maybe that's the secret!
I'll leave you with a photo of my new swimming pool.


  1. Bloody hell Jacko, you need waders to hang out the washing! I heard it was bad near Bognor.
    Great story btw and let's hope she is right, you deserve a break.xx

  2. Not conceited at all Jaki. It's the kind of thing that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling xx
    I can't believe that's your garden! We've had a lot of rain over the last week, but thankfully it's been draining away.

  3. How lovely! (the story about the lady not the swimming pool!) It is certainly a wonderful feeling to know that we have made an impression on someone, especially so far away.

  4. Hi Jaki, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris