You know how you go on Facebook and you start with the latest news? Then you read backwards until you get to where you left off last time (always assuming that it wasn’t too long ago).
The problem with this is that people often say something which makes no sense because it’s building on another thing they said earlier, but which you haven’t yet got to. When you eventually do, you go ‘aha, so that’s it’.
Discovering a new blog is the same, generally. You find today’s post and then you gradually work your way into the past. Someone on here very kindly said recently that now she’d found me she was reading up on the old stuff. It doesn’t help that maneuvering from day one up until today seems not to be possible.
Thinking about this I’m occasionally reminded of the texts I sent my neighbours a few years ago. I, and their daughter. They had gone to the Galapagos islands – as you do – and were in mobile reception shade.
When they finally switched on, somewhere roundabout Madrid, they were greeted with the happy news that the police had arrested four men. Just the thing you want to know. Intrigued, they continued to the next text message (i.e. really the one before the arresting one), and learned that their car had been found.
Always nice to know. Bet they weren’t feeling at all tired from that Galapagos flight across half the globe. I’m getting a little hazy about the order of things here, but think that next they found that I and another neighbour had cleared up the worst in the house.
And then they were able to finish with the information that their alarm had gone off and the police had just been. And not to worry.
Now, why the daughter and I felt we couldn’t wait, I don’t know. You just think that people need to be kept informed. And once sent, you can’t retrieve the text or change it for a more suitably phrased one.