Social Media Goes Social
I recently went to a birthday party for a blog. As you can probably guess, the invitation arrived via email. (A blog, being a child of the internet, wouldn’t know any other means of delivery.) The party, however, was real. I got in my car, drove to someone else’s home, and socialized face to face with real, live human beings. I consumed actual food and drink, laden (the one downside) with actual calories. It was a lot more trouble than cyber socializing and a lot more fun – well worth the trouble – calories and all.
Not Ready for Granny Panties (Women at Play Through the Middle Ages) is the creation of a group of women writers of a certain age who decided to pool their talents and help themselves by helping each other. There’s nothing unusual about that. That’s what most blogs, including this one, are all about.
What makes Not Ready for Granny Panties special is that everyone manages to have a good time while accomplishing what most writers consider their hardest job – getting the word out about what we do. We spend hours alone with people who exist only because we have imagined them. We create universes for them to inhabit, give them obstacles to overcome, set lofty goals for them to achieve, and, if they’re good, we (sometimes) let them live happily ever after. These characters are as real to most of us as our family members but, if they are to become real to anyone else, they have to move out of the universe of our computers and meet the outside world. Blogs are one way of introducing them to that world. We tell our fellow bloggers about them and we learn about the characters lurking in other computers. In the process, we meet new people ourselves, many of whom we will never see face to face. Fortunately, I got to meet these four very real human beings in the flesh.
So, who are the creative, fun-loving women who are Not Ready for Granny Panties? Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban writes novels of fantasy and adventure for young adults. Mary Fran Bontempo writes humor. ChrysaSmith writes children’s books. Pat Achilles, an illustrator, tells stories through her drawings; she created the logo for the group. Stay tuned and you’ll have a chance to get to know all of them better. They’ve agreed to write guest blogs for us in the weeks ahead. I’m eager to see what each of them has to say. In the meantime, if you would like to check out their blog, here’s the link: http://www.notreadyforgrannypanties.com