Slowly over the last few years the blogs I regularly enjoy have gone dark. The rise of social media as been the death-nell for blogging, forums, and email groups. I miss the conversations and fellowship that came with each of those older forms. I’d still prefer blogging, but I don’t seem to have much to say anymore. More than one former blogger has told me how they often come up with something they’ve been pondering. But then, after letting it percolate a little they realize it wasn’t all that blogworthy or interesting after all. This is me too.
Even though Facebook just doesn’t quite cut it I’ve gone over to the dark side and re-joined. It’s still the same for the most part. The one change for the better is the addition of “Groups”. I’ve joined several related to weaving and Orthodoxy (no surprise! LOL). The one thing I did do, before I posted anything new, was I deleted a slew of “friends”. With very few exceptions I kept only faraway friends (this includes several blogging friends too, btw) and family on my list. The rest were jettisoned. I may have over deleted, but I’m sure that can be easily remedied at some point. I still think it’s weird to friend people you see regularly, and I only have one person from my parish on my Facebook feed***. Even then I still feel strange about it… like I’m looking into her house windows and spying on her. I’m still uncomfortable with sentences that begin with, “I saw on Facebook that you….” (Shutter)…. No one else seems bothered by it so I think it’s only my own personal weirdness.
I’m still on GoodReads too. I don’t review as much as I used to as I’ve started to feel rather inadequate to the task. Sometimes I’d stare at the screen and the only thing I could come up with was; “I liked it a lot!” Sheesh.
In any event, if anyone wants to keep in touch, I would like that very much. Now you know where to find me.
***whoops, I just realized I also friended a college kid from church who takes awesome pictures and shares them on FB.