It’s around this time of year when a girl’s mind turns to chocolate. Chocolate in all shapes, sizes, flavours and concoctions. Where would we be without the divine confection?
How would we surreptitiously reward ourselves mid-afternoon after a hard slog in the office?
No matter what the problem is, the answer is usually chocolate.
It’s as big a part of my life as …. well, as social media is. And when I think about it the two have more in common than you’d first think:
- Addiction, baby! OK, so maybe chocolate immediately grabs the senses quicker than social media, but once you’ve got into the tweeting habit it too can be all-consuming. How many times have I read “right, must stop tweeting and start working!” in someone’s Twitter stream? Does that sound at all familiar?
- A language we all speak. Nothing says “I want to be your friend” quite like a retweet swiftly accompanied by a chocolate eclair.
- They’re both here to stay. It’s fair to say that a certain place beginning with ‘H’ is likely to freeze over before we see the demise of either. I guess the only difference is that our social networks are going to continue to evolve, whereas I’m reasonably you can’t improve on chocolate perfection (but I’m happy to be proved otherwise).
- Everybody wants a piece! You’ll attract a lot of attention once you’re in possession of an impressive and sizeable example of either. The bigger, the better, the more enticing.
- The lovers and the haters. Admittedly, I don’t know too many people who hate chocolate. I know a few who purport to hate social media, but that’s usually because they don’t understand it. I do, on the other hand, know many people who love both because when I tweet that I’m daydreaming of chocolate cakes I’m invariably overwhelmed with responses containing lots of ooo’s and aaah’s. If you fall for one, it seems you’ll end up being enticed by the other.
- It’s good to share. There’s a reason why your mother taught you this from an early age. It can score you more brownie points than you’d believe possible. Did someone mention brownies?!
- Secret pleasures. When you become a little bit too fond of a substance or pastime, it can incur a raised eyebrow or two from loved ones when you display the odd spot of overindulgence. In time, however, it’s possible to learn control and discipline. Or so I’m told. Do you have a dark secret? A dark chocolate secret?
- There’s good and there’s bad. Quality. It means different things to different people. Some will only ever go for the very best ingredients or the very best content, and yet sometimes something is better than nothing at all. A little restraint and consideration usually results in greater satisfaction all round, I find.
All this talk of ‘chocolat’ has put me in mind of setting out on a hunt for the biggest Easter Egg known to man. I may be some time … but don’t worry.
I’ll let you know on Twitter when I’ve found it.