Hello dear reader(s)!
Good thing for me I am a blog-type-thinger, and not a blogger. Because being a blogger can suck sometimes. Of course there is the stigma associated with bloggers. A lot of people wonder who the hell you think you are to share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions with the world. Of course, those people usually bitch about bloggers on Facebook, which really is a mini-blogging site in and of itself.
So that particular reason is usually something I can easily dismiss. Facebook and Twitter do not allow me to post entire short-stories, or poems, or listicles that make the world the better a place. And by “make the world a better place” what I mean is that they potentially give someone something to pay attention to when wasting their lives.
But there is a darker side to blogging, or blog-type-thinging. And unfortunately, our dark side does not get its own Imperial March.
So before you new reader(s) and bloggers decide to plunge in, I thought, as a public service, I would warn you of the dark side of blogging. With all the posts that highlight how wonderful the blogging universe can be, I thought it was time to bring a little balance back to the force.
- Your blogging platform will constantly push updates to perfectly functional tools for no other reason than to justify their continued existence on the payroll. Now, I’m not saying this last update to the editor sucks, but…no, that’s exactly what I’m saying. I’m not a change resistant person, but when you take away a spelling and grammar check feature, a word count feature, add an auto-save feature that can best be described as “mostly glitchy”, and shorten the width so you can’t even see your full titles…you aren’t really adding something to the experience.
- You can no longer play the “mysterious” angle. Now, I don’t know if you believe in astrology, but under those things I am a Scorpio. Scorpios are described as mysterious. I used to work that angle quite well. It did wonders for me. Since I started with this blog-type-thing, it is hard to pull off. Nobody thinks you are mysterious when they know you just finished your second cup of coffee.
- You get preached to. A lot. Your belief system is important to you. We get it. Mine is increasingly clearer and important to me. Do you really think I want to read everything about it all of the time? Would you like it if that’s all I wrote about? Some of you tricked me, by not doing it all of the time when you first showed up. Like a serpent, or whatever the hell it is you believe.
- Your friends and family occasionally read and think they know things they don’t know. I know that I’ve gone over this one a few times, but it really seems to be a huge issue. So much of an issue, I have considered changing the name of my blog-type-thing and not sharing it on my social media anymore. But I can’t do that now, because for some odd reason, some of you read and I wouldn’t want to confuse you.
- You worry. There are so many reasons a person might stop blogging. Sometimes they have good reasons, sometimes bad. Sometimes it is just too time consuming or not rewarding enough for them. But sometimes you get to know someone through their posts to a degree, and then they drop off the face of the Earth. Maybe when you know things aren’t going that well for them. Not only do you miss their writing, but you end up worrying for them. Or I do anyway, because I am not a heartless bastard.
- Jealousy. You don’t mean for it to happen, but sometimes it rears its ugly head. Maybe you read some post that just had you cracking up. Maybe you just read some post that made you think in a way you never thought to look at something before. Maybe you just read a story so descriptive or with such good twists that you think you should just hang up the keyboard (would you hang up a keyboard?) and stop. But the only person you should compare yourself to is a past version of you. Or to me, since I am so great.
- Blog crushes. If you are anything like me, a good sense of humor, a good intellect, and versatility can be quite attractive. So sometimes, on occasion, despite your best efforts, you may find yourself particularly attracted to authors who display such traits. Maybe they look good in their blog pictures too. It’s okay though, just remember you are not dealing with the actual person and you can’t all have me.
- Playing the game. Marketing. Networking. All of that crap. The work part that comes along with writing if you want your writing read. I like the social interaction here in the land of WordPressville. I will comment when I feel I have something to add or something that just must be said. I like to read a lot of blogs on a lot of topics. But I don’t ever want to do follow-for-follow. I don’t want to have gimmicks and a million re-posts for views with no actual content. I know there are some days I am not going to be all that present and I really hate seeing the way people manipulate others into viewing their things. I don’t hate the playas, I hate the games.
- Distraction. Today I woke up and went through the garage consolidating boxes and emptying storage tubs. I have a lot more work to do. I still need to get outside for my walk. Tonight, I may just want to go out. My guess is that only about 1/4 of things I want to get done will get done because of all of your posts and my addiction to reading them. Thanks a lot!
What about you, dear reader(s)? Do you have anything to add to the lists? Do any of these ring true for you? If a train leaves New York going 85 mph and another train leaves Los Angeles going 60 mph and the train from New York is heading toward Florida and the train leaving Los Angeles is heading up to San Francisco, does Amtrak still rely on public subsidies?