'Getting to know all about you', as the old song says. Well yes, here in Blogland if we blog for long enough with our Blogfriends we do get to know them to some extent - in so far as they wish us to impinge on their lives really.
For example I can now be almost sure how Tom (Tom Stephenson on my side bar) will react to a situation. John (Going Gently) with his hilarious sense of humour and his wonderful kindness to old ladies and assorted animals (not necessarily in that ordert) is also fairly predictable.
Some bloggers I have met - Elizabeth (About New York), Fiona (Marmalade Rose), Denise (Mrs Nesbitt's Space), A J (Morning AJ) to name but four. So I know a little more about them.
And the one thing I know for sure about them, and can never know about the rest, is what they sound like. If they put a photograph of themselves on their blog I know what they look like. I know their thoughts and feelings in so far as they wish me to. But voices and accents - now there is another thing altogether.
Linda, who lives on a farm in Colorado, Barbara who farms in the Shenandoah Valley, Pondside, Hildred, Loren, Cloudia - if they were all in the room together I am certain I would be overwhelmed by their differing accents.
And voice is quite important isn't it? I have an accent which to anyone who is good at accents would immediately point me out as 'Northern'. The farmer is obviously Yorkshire through and through - from his flat cap to his wonderfully accented voice. Friend M, although she has lived up here for some years, is quite certainly from the South. We get good at pin -pointing accents in our own country.
These thoughts were prompted by an article in The Times (where else?) this morning by Matthew Syed, speaking about voices on Radio - really the exact opposite of what I am saying about Blogland. Alexander Gordon has read the classified football results on Radio 4 for a long time and although I have never been even remotely interested in football his voice has always fascinated me - the way he managed to imply who had lost by the inflexion of his voice before he actually told you the score.
Syed also suggests that President Obama is marvellous radio material because his voice has depth, smoothness and 'just a hint of folksiness' - thus conveying that he is 'one of us'.
Voice is so important - perhaps it is sad that Blogland doesn't include a voice element - or is it?