blogging has its perks

Gerry, my husband, decided, when we moved back here, to start a blog. What he was going to do with it, was basically to write up the history of Pokiok … the part of Saint John where he grew up. Β If, for nothing else, for posterity, for his sons … they might take an interest in history one day, or for the occasional passer-by. Β He’s been doing this ever since … he’s got quite a few comments from local Saint Johnners, as the rumour spread that there was a blog online about Pokiok!

The other night though — and that, I think was the sweetest of all — he got a comment. Turned out it was written by a care giver for an old lady in her 90’s! The care giver had been reading from his blog for about three hours and the little, old lady was elated! Gerry knows the lady from his childhood and is going to see her — she still lives in Pokiok.

I thought that was so sweet … Pokiok is located up on that hill — you can see a white house up there, that’s close to where he was born. There is actually a whole little clung of houses but they aren’t visible from this angle.

25 Replies to “blogging has its perks”

  1. HI,
    Your husband has a nice blog over there at blogger, and what a wonderful way to get the history of Pokiok all together not only for now, but for the future as well.
    That is just fantastic how it turned out that he knew the lady, we just never know what is around the next corner. πŸ™‚

    1. Quite amazing, Mags … The Web is wonderful that way. This little old lady has lots of old photos too, so that will be interesting for him to see when he goes there..

      1. Isn’t that the truth. Kids actually played outside. My mother had to drag me in at night, even as a young child. Once the sun went down, we were out catching lightening bugs, and such.

              1. Clue, I was born in 1957. Yeah, I’m old…. but he who has the most birthdays, lives the longest. Don’t you know? πŸ˜‰

  2. the Internet is truly a remarkable place, you can meet and remeet and cross paths in an almost miraculous way. What a great experience for Gerry (and the little old lady too).

  3. Incredible that this old lady should come across Gerry’s blog about Pokiok, and that she should know Gerry! Isn’t the web wonderful?
    They will have a good time reminiscing about old times, and hopefully she may have some photos to share with Gerry too.

  4. What a lovely thing to do. Gives me an idea of what I would like to do; I think I will write about our little town now that I am never going back. I wonder if there is anything to tell. Perhaps it will get me to write again; and stop just reading blogs and commenting.

    1. I think it’s a great thing he does, for several reasons. His sons might have some kind of awakening one day, and then this will be interesting. Also, the word is spreading, and nowadays more elderly than one would think are online… Many younger people, whose parents have lived there find it interesting..

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