Hi everyone. Long time no talk, or blog, I suppose. I’m writing today to share what’s been happening with my social networking experiment and life in general.
I love Twitter. When Google shut its Reader service down, I almost had a nervous breakdown. It was inconceivable to me that I would have to find some other, infinitely inferior, way to consume my online content, which ranged from news feeds to blogs to all sorts of other websites. That whole drama forced me to re-think my online life, and that re-thinking coincided with the re-thinking I was doing about my online writing presence and whether or not I should continue making a significant effort for what felt like very minimal reward. Twitter was new to me, but I quickly took to it because of its ease of use and the ability it gives its users to jump in feet first and get going. If you engage, it does feel like a conversation, although I haven’t yet delved too deeply into the area of starting actual conversations with strangers. One step at a time. All in all, using Twitter has been a wonderful experience. What I love most about it is that I can tweet about a diverse range of subjects without feeling like I’m going to lose followers because I’m not writing in my “niche” exclusively. I’m able to be a whole person on Twitter.
I’m not active on Google+ yet because, unlike Twitter, it doesn’t feel like a place where you can dive in and just get started without significant legwork. I have found Google+ far more difficult to get going with, and while I acknowledge that there is a learning curve there that I have not yet taken the time to crack, the site itself simply doesn’t appeal to me the way Twitter’s interface does. I have followed a few folks on Google+, but I find it far more difficult to find people there than I do on Twitter, and further, I’m not exactly sure how anyone is going to find me, being an unknown. Worst of all, I can’t stand the way my “feed” looks. Perhaps if I had more experience with social networking sites, especially Facebook, the style of feed used on Google+ would appeal to me. As it stands, I find it bulky and overwhelming.
In terms of my day-to-day life, there have been some significant changes, mainly with respect to my health. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and low thyroid, along with a hefty number of other food allergies and intolerances, all of which have banded together to make my life a living hell of late. I’m trying to be positive, but I’m a food lover and, taken together with how incredibly sick I became before finally figuring out what was wrong with me, it’s been a difficult few weeks. Grieving the loss of some of life’s greatest pleasures is hard. Also, waiting for further test results to find out if I’ve already succumb to something terminal is anxiety-making at best. I haven’t had time or energy to devote to my writing projects. I started feeling a bit more energetic yesterday, but I still have a long way to go.
While not blogging did initially give me more time to work on my book, I do sort of miss blogging in what may very well and up being an undercurrent of masochistic tendencies buried deep within my psyche. There is something nice about getting a longer thought out there than Twitter allows for, and the fact is that I have a lot of things that I would like to say that I haven’t said because fear has been holding me back. I think that if I do return to posting on my blog with any sort of regularity, that I’m going to be ditching my self-imposed rules, put into place because of the advice I’ve read out there to begin with, and just doing my own thing how I see fit. I hope that you enjoy this larger scope of subject matter, and that I can transfer what I enjoy about the Twitter experience to my blog.
For those who enjoy summaries, here is a list of the lessons I’ve learned thus far:
1) Twitter is awesome because it has enabled me to combine my content consumption and social networking/sharing, actually saving me time. Twitter has also allowed me to share information regarding subjects I’m passionate about, something that I have had difficulty with in the blogosphere because of fears surrounding the importance of staying within one’s “niche.”
2) Google+ is not shaping up to be my cup of tea, but my ignorance is likely my greatest obstacle on that score.
3) Gluten-free bread is a crumbly bastard that needs to be toasted and welded together with an inch-high layer of butter or margarine in order to be bitten into and withdrawn from the vicinity of one’s cake-hole intact.
4) I kind of – sort of – miss blogging, but if I decide to return to regular posting, I will need to change my self-imposed rules in order to stop it from becoming another item on my weekly to-do list, a status which quickly makes it lose its appeal.
Until next time, whenever that is…
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