Friday, November 16, 2018

Yearly post? Hope not!

Some friends and I were talking yesterday about how we missed long-format internet interaction, i.e. blogging.  I suppose I really started with LiveJournal, over a decade ago now, and I used it like an actual journal (which means my earlier entries are SUPER cringey since I was both recording my private thoughts and also a teenager...eeeek!)  But anyway, over time that platform sort of passed into the ether and blogs became the Big New Thing, but now even those have given way to Instagram and Facebook.  I love the convenience and instant engagement with both, but it's really hard to make actual *records* of things and have them be searchable afterwards.  My blog was never super popular, but at least I could go back and find my own posts on things!  I should get better at titles though.  Puns are fun but make searching archives harder!

Anyway, I've been thinking about blogging-and-or-journaling a lot lately, even before the discussion came up.  This fall I've been in a real funk and haven't felt very much like communicating at all, much less taking the time and effort to write things out--and feeling like I haven't got anything worthwhile to say anyway (thanks, depression.  You're a real pal.)  But, I really miss reading blogs and journal posts (come join us on Dreamwidth!) and the saying is something like, be the change you want to see in the world, right?  So here I am!  Blogging.  No shiny pictures or anything.  No ground-breaking, compelling research to share.  Just...trying to get some thoughts out there to knock the rust off my ol' brain.

What would you like to read about?  I've done stuff, I even have pictures...I'm just all at sea about what to post.  But I went to Jane Austen Festival in Kentucky and never said a word about that, and Costume College was really great.  My husband and I are going to Williamsburg for Thanksgiving so that would be probably fun to talk about at some point, too...help me pick material!!

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  1. I want to read about what you want to share! Pics of old trips, new projects, any/all of that sounds good!

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    1. Well, I posted the first thing that came to mind (and I had pics for) just now, so yay! :)

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  2. All of the above ! Somtimes just a "hey, look, pretty pictures !" is nice (and easy to type)

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    1. That's true! Maybe that's how I can share CoCo pics...just "look, I took photos!" It seems so overwhelming to try and describe such a BIG experience.

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  3. Blogging does seem to be less popular that it was even a few years ago, and that's sad, because blog posts can be a good way to express in detail the thoughts joggling about in one's head. You just can't do that on Instagram or Twitter. (Another trend I'm seeing is more and more people getting YouTube channels....)

    My advice would be to post about what's important to you--the thoughts and ideas begging to be shared. Don't worry about being popular or whatever. Do it for the fun of it, and for the satisfaction of having a record of your life and experiences.

    Sincerely,
    R.R. Goodwill,
    A fellow Sporadic Blogger.

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    1. I reaaalllly hate trying to "document" things on Instagram, even though I love how easy it is to post pictures there. I need a real keyboard, not a phone screen, to really express myself! Maybe I can get back in the habit here...

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  4. I miss the place the LJ used to be - I was encouraged to make things, and it's the only time I've ever kept anything like a journal. Sorry to hear that the lying-liar-who-lies has it's claws in you.

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    1. I know, I miss the LJ vibe...dress diaries, too! It was all so inspiring. And I feel like journaling was really good for me, but it seems like it takes so much concentration now!

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