Sunday, 10 January 2010
You hear a great deal about the dangers of the internet. Correctly, children are taught to watch out for evil paedophiles posing as friendly teens. The internet is a place where you can find extreme politics and extreme porn, ugly views and ugly manners and you can never be sure who's watching you or who's contacting you.
However. You hear considerably less about the love you find on the internet. And I'm not talking about online dating - although it seems to me to be a quite reasonable way to meet someone, and a gentle exchange of emails, texts and phone calls leading up to a date seems infinitely preferable to copping off in a nightclub.
I mean the general warm and friendly supportiveness that seems to thrive on the web just as much - and possibly even more - than the evil stuff. The bloggers who give up their time to read, review and promote books. The writers who use their blogs, Twitter and Amazon to promote the work of new authors. The people who comment on blogs and become your friends. The feeling that we're all comrades in a new kind of democracy - a democracy which genuinely gives everyone an equal say.
Last week Yunaleska threw a fabulous on-line launch party for me and I can't thank her enough. And thank you everyone who twittered about Joe, signed up on the new Facebook page, mentioned me on their blogs, reviewed me, interviewed me and generally made me feel loved and celebrated. I can't thank you enough, and I promise to do the same for you. Very soon.
PS Don't forget the lookalike contest! Getting some great entries - still time to enter.