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The Romance Between An Insta-Addict And A Wordy-Presser

Jack is at it again. I cooked some nice things, and baked some even nicer things over the weekend because some good friends of ours came over to work with us. I made some pretty decent nosh. All ate and enjoyed and as the chef/baker it was a very satisfying experience.

But then it all became rather weird when my sister texted me to say that the cake I had baked looked amazing. I was confused for a while…and then I realized….

“Jack!!!!”

He just cannot help himself. He had taken photographs of the food I had prepared and posted it on to his Instagram account.

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As somebody who does not use Instagram or other social media platforms, I find that just completely bizarre. How do I feel that Jack’s hundreds of thousands of followers can see my cooking/baking? I am glad that he made no mention of me. He just posted the photos on their own. But still….

We had a little chat about it in the evening and I did tell him that I just find it odd. I might not find it as odd if it was on a smaller scale – like a private group on WhatsApp or something. But no, his public Instagram account. Jack asked me why I share my thoughts on WordPress. I confessed there is some kind of satisfaction from putting things out there, even though it is mostly complete strangers who see what I have to share. Jack said that sharing my innermost thoughts in the public domain is much odder than sharing photos of cake and dinner with strangers.

He has a very good point. Which is why I should listen to him and be reasonable. He enjoys communicating with people who are interested in his activities. A lot of what he posts is very positive – community, national and international projects he is involved in. He shares things he knows will make other people smile and feel good. He finds that satisfying. He has lots of feedback – way more than I or any other blogger receive through WordPress. He enjoys all of that.

The two of us have different opinions and feelings about social media – but I need to respect and love him because he has found a positive way to use it. Even though I may not really like the idea that all those strangers saw my cooking/baking….I love that Jack felt so proud of what I had made he wanted to share it. I perhaps ought to be flattered that by the end of the day there were tens of thousands of likes on the image of the cake I baked.

I have a very strong dislike of social media….but I do love Jack who seems to enjoy social media in a way I find odd…but he loves me even though he finds it odd that I enjoy sharing my thoughts and feelings on WordPress in a way that he finds odd.

The answer is – it must be love, love, love.

Something To Inspire Us!!

One of our very much loved bloggers is Sheree, the creator of View From The Back, who sent me a very exciting email with some quite breathtaking baking creations. We all know that Sheree is a brilliant baker, but on this occasion, Sheree wanted to share with us some of the remarkable works of art made by Marina, a friend of hers. That is a very loving thing to do!!

Marina also lives in France – and it seems she has picked up talent extraordinaire!!! We have some amazing photographs of Marina’s creations – and they are very impressive – but there are many more. If you are an Instagram user, then please do take a look at Marina’s other cake creations:

https://www.instagram.com/marinadenice06/?utm_medium=copy_link

Here are some of Marina’s stunning cakes:

We asked how Marina learnt to make such extraordinary skills, and it turns out she is self-taught, with a little help from YouTube videos. I wonder whether Gary and I should try YouTube to improve our baking skills. I would end up being distracted by compiling playlists, Gary would be distracted by either Pokemon or Sponge Bob!

We also asked if Marina has a favourite love song, and she told us that she loves the acoustic guitar her son plays – and so that is the perfect reason to play and acoustic version of one of the most popular love songs of all time.

…and because we love all of the photos on your Instagram account….