I am beginning to view the noise from the overload of blogs in my email as annoying.
I used to love reading the blogs I handpicked; feeling connection, kindred-ship, and enjoyment. Now I feel as though I’m wasting time on topics that are vapid and repetitive.
It is possible that my own life is so busy, almost completely with good circumstances that take up time, that I have little-to-no available space. But that would seem disingenuous, because I make time for circumstances and people that are important to me. Reading worthwhile blogs would fit into that category. And there are many of them.
I am also almost foolishly annoyed with people who utilize the Community Pool for self promotion. These appear in my inbox daily asking for feedback on their blogs! Really? Is it just me or is this not absurdly transparent?
I sound cranky, I know, but I’m not. I believe being a discriminating human being is necessary, especially when we have goals to work toward, projects to finish, people we want to spend time with. Life can get downright filled up at times, especially around the holidays, and what we fill our time, minds, and hearts with, matter.
At least for me.
So I gently, kindly, almost (but not quite) lovingly ask us all (I include myself here) to consider what we put out there. I know we all have the right NOT to read something, but how does it assist us to write blog posts that we want people to bother reading and following, if we don’t put measured time into considering what we are saying, to whom, and how those words affect.
There’s a lot of talent out there. Let all of us bloggers put our best foot forward and consider who and what we present to the world around us. Because, my dear ones, it’s the only real way we get to ‘see’ one another.
Thank you, Happy Holidays, and Namaste.
There are a couple of bloggers I follow who routinely post multiple times a day, every day, and at times, I have felt inundated with images. My blog is mainly photographic but I agree with the concept of considering what you choose to share. I give thought to what I post and it either resonates or doesn’t. But I’m not out there snapping my brains out and throwing every frame online. Photography is like writing–you’re sharing your soul, your insight, yourself in a personal way. What does it say about us, as artists and writers, if we’re sharing junk?
Obviously, this struck a nerve! But your writing tends to do that–it strips away all the junk and puts honest expression out there, instead. Keep doing what you’re doing, my friend; your message will reach the right ears. Whether they act on what they hear is another thing!
Celia, you and I represent the best of what bloggers can offer one another; respect, connection and growth. I am so very happy we met over the internet!
I’m with you on this, Wendy. I notice lately I have been deleting a blog or two that I subscribe to because there is just too much in my inbox. I have not cancelled my subscription to their blog, I’m just letting a lot of it go at this time.
My finished manuscript is due to the publisher in Jan. so most of my time is spent cleaning it up and adding, deleting, and changing as Spirit directs.
Happy holidays to you.
Wendy, I share your frustration with the blogosphere.
When I began this “social media” journey last year, I was unprepared for the amount of time I could spend (waste?) on things of no interest to me but that I felt obligated to read and comment on since the blogger, tweeter, etc. had ‘liked’ something of mine, were ‘following’ me, and/or had asked for a comment/critique. I’m a courteous person, and hate the thought of inadvertently offending anyone, so I haven’t ‘un-followed’ anyone, but I no longer read them either, choosing instead to (guiltily) delete them, along with the ads and other junk when I first open my email. Even though I’ve been doing this for a while now, I still feel a tiny pang of guilt every time I check one of these emails for deletion. I try comforting myself with the rationalization that they’re probably struggling with the same issue of internet overload and will actually be glad for one less response to deal with.
Of the blogs I still read, I rarely comment, as comments seem to generate new ‘likes’ and ‘follows’. While at first the ‘likes’ and ‘follows’ felt flattering, they quickly began to feel like an intrusion. What are the rules in this new internet, social media world? It used to be that not acknowledging someone or replying to a request was considered rude, but surely we’re not expected to ‘follow’ everyone who ‘follows’ us? As you point out, there would be no time for anything else if we were reading and replying to everything in our ‘inbox.’ (It took only a few weeks to realize I was spending more time trying to keep up with my social media world than I was on my own writing.) While I still believe it is rude to ignore people who have contacted us, it is also rude to impose on people. It seems we need to change our expectations and notions of courtesy when it comes to dozens, hundreds (thousands?) of people on the internet we don’t really know.
P.S. Your blog is–obviously–one I still read, since I started following your adventures in book publishing. So, even though I’m not commenting, for what it’s worth, please know I’m still here.
I hear you, I agree with you, follow your own heart when it comes to rules of internet courtesy, and I’m very glad you are still with me. I shall post soon about my publishing adventure!