Everybody knows what the Pirate Code is. (And if you don’t, immediately go and watch all four movies in the Pirates of the Carribean franchise. Seriously.)
Take what you want! Give nothing back! Or, depending on which part you’re talking about; Those who fall behind, get left behind. Or even Parlay? The part I want to talk about, however, is Take what you want. Give nothing back.
I’m relatively new to the blogosphere. I’ve been blogging for about three months now, steadily learning as I go; and I’m just beginning to scratch the surface of it all. There are so many people who blog, or comment, or reach out on twitter, or . . . And so on. It’s just slightly overwhelming. Now, I’m the kind of person who has to be reminded to say hello to people. When I see someone I need to talk to, I generally march up to them and say something like: “Oh! Bags! Where are they?” or “Where’s my chocolate cake?” I have to make a distinct effort to engage in small talk.
It should therefore come as no shock to realise that I’m only just beginning to grasp the vast social possibilities of WordPress, Twitter, Tumblr, et al. Because it’s not just me blogging to whoever will listen. It’s people out there, all writing about what they love, or what interests them, or what annoys them. Sometimes they reach out and touch me and I get to see a little bit of them. Sometimes I stumble onto a subject that interests someone else, and they get to see a bit of me.
It’s a community out there. We comment back and forth, reblog, and tweet (or is it twit?) to each other. And I’ve been running on the Pirate Code because it just didn’t occur to me that to get the richest experience out of all this, I was going to have to give something back.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find a man with a goat. And someone who can go: “OooOOoooh!” while doing spooky fingers.**
*Pic from the Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides.
**Seriously. Watch the Pirates of the Carribean.