I have been cleaning up my blog, the sidebar in particular. I've hidden the blogs I used to frequent because their authors have not posted in 2, 3, 4 years. I miss Tshsmom. I miss her insight, empathy, her pictures and stories. All good things must come to an end I suppose. It just feels like losing a good friend, even though we had never met.
I looked at other Bloggers' sidebars and they too have links to people who haven't posted in years. I hate to think blogging has seen its day. I don't care if it's not popular so that tons of people no longer do it, but I do care that it's still done. There is a need for longer posts, deeper thought and discussion than Twitter or Facebook can provide. There is a need to share thoughts with others without commercials or algorithms directing things toward you or away from you.
I just want to be left alone to write and communicate because it seems like everything else, everyplace else, is moving too fast, at too superficial a level, and it's too impersonal. I am moving too fast, just scanning pages, leaving too brief comments, if any at all, because I just don't have time. Time! Time! Time!
When did we all get too busy and too preoccupied to make contact with one another? I'm guiltier than most. I'm always over scheduled, always taking on too much and never leaving myself enough quiet time or down time. It reminds me of the old Alabama song:
I'm in a hurry to get things done. Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die. But I'm in a hurry and don't know why.
I just looked through my Facebook page. A good 90% is politics related. When did I become so locked into politics? I thought I walked away from it 3 years ago. I know FB's algorithm has figured out what things push my buttons and get me to respond, politics. I looked through my Blog, and I think this is a truer measure of who I am and what interests me, yes there are political posts, but there are also craft and remodeling posts, family posts, humor, and other things of interest.
I think if I remain glued to FB, I shall lose my fuller self. I am going to take a vow not to Like or post to FB for one week. Let's see if I make it through the next hour, and while I'm avoiding FB, I think I'll mess with my template. Time for a little redecorating.