When I started blogging, one of the things that I was concerned about was the degree of raging, rude, hatred-filled asides I would get, the inarticulate invective that might start being spouted on my comments page really worried me. Having now blogged for quite a while, to those of you whom I haven't met before I was here in a previous life, it seems the contrary is true. Whilst there are always detractors, and very, very occasionally, a neanderthal may slip through the net, it seems to me that by far the greatest number of commenters are positive, supportive and friendly.
Having percolated this idea around my mind for a while now, I have come to the conclusion that this degree of support and friendliness exists because we bloggers feel we are in a community. The vast majority of us do feel we have something to say and feel incredibly protective about our little dust speck corner of the blog galaxy and recognise that everyone who blogs has actually posted a little bit of themselves up here, for anyone, remember that...ANYONE to look at. When you think about it, that is actually an incredibly brave and courageous thing to do but because we are ALL doing it, we treat others as we would be treated.
Arcadia? Maybe, just maybe, we insignificant bloggers have created our own heaven on earth.
Welcome to Paradise....