Welcome to my new blog!

I already run a successful blog: www.leavingcairo.blogspot.com - a blog about an English girl the wrong side of 35 who finds herself settling (for the moment) in the beautiful country of Greece.
But there's more to Bex, the author - hence "The this 'n' that blog".
Documented here will be every day ramblings and observations - enjoy!



Friday, 10 August 2012

Five Minute Friday - Connect

This week, Five Minute Friday is all about Connect.  Five minutes to write.  No pausing, editing - just full on writing.  OK:


We all connect in different ways.  Which one is your favourite?  I now live in Athens, Greece away from my family in the UK and find the best way for me to connect is via Facebook, my blog or email (especially to my father who is clueless about blogs and Facebook).

Others prefer mobile phones.  Sometimes technology can be a bad thing though.  How many times have to witnessed (or done this yourself?) people sitting at a table in a cafe/restaurant all texting and not conversing with each other?  I've been guilty of it - but now when I meet a friend, I turn my phone off so I can give him/her my full attention.

Email is an interesting one: you can say so much more without FEAR.  Without fear of confrontation, recriminations and be a lot more expressive.  I've noticed my 78 year old father is much  more comfortable telling me he loves me in an email.  And ironically, this helps him when he sees me!  He has also become more affectionate & huggy.  I suspect the email has helped him express his emotions.

Me?  I prefer face to face where ever possible.  Things get lost in translation, communication can break down.

How about you?  How do you Connect?



Tim and Richelle said...

Hi Bex! Thanks for visiting with FMF today.

I like to connect in any way I can - although I prefer either face to face (with a good cup of tea) or via a written medium, be in email, snail mail, texting or chatting. I'm not so found of phones or video chats - unless I'm away from my kiddos. :-)

My husband and I dream of going to Greece in a few years for our 20th anniversary...

Have a great weekend!

Tammy Perlmutter said...

Hi Bex! I agree with a lot of what you said about internet connecting. Right now I'm connecting with a friend over text and Facebook and she's sharing hard things with me I don't think she could in person. It's a way for her to feel safe yet share her heart at the same time. The virtual distance has helped her open up in a way she couldn't in person. And for that, I'm thankful!

lizy-expat-writer said...

Do you actually have a stopwatch going? You always end on a question, which makes me wonder. Nasty suspicious mind, me! Connections? Talkback for me, plus FB and phone calls and texts, and then the blogs. Yet to tackly Twitter!

Bex said...

Hi Lizy,

I do, indeed, utilise the stopwatch function of my iPhone (at least I put it to good use now!) This Five Minute Friday is great for honing writing skills - you should check it out and give it a go yourself, would love to read your pieces!
And I'm glad my pieces leave you wondering - I like to raise questions in people's minds.
I've been lucky - sometimes the content just pours out, plus due to my past jobs as PA, my typing speed it up to 80 wpm!

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