I spend a lot of time on the presentation of my blog. Too much time really. I fret over pictures and links. Fillers if you will. Worried that the content alone will not be enough. That what I have to say is not meaningful enough to stand on its own. It’s a lonely place to be when you want to put yourself out there in a meaningful way. Regardless of your chosen device when you bear your soul you have to be ready for someone to look at you and say. “What the fuck is wrong with you?”
For me the urge to express is getting greater than the fear that causes me to hide. I think I am just coming to a place where I have to know if I am alone in the way I think. More than anything I long to know that I am not alone. As I look around in my day to day life I sometimes feel very alone. Family and friends aside. I am very connected to a loving family. I am very connected to great friends. It’s society and strangers I feel so disconnected from. Hence my next piece. A rant about how unsocial, social media is.
I have a Twitter account and a Facebook account. It is my understanding that these are there for us to connect with one another. That we can use these social networks to express our ideas and our lives to one another. Reach out and find our commonality. That is not what they are in reality.
In reality they are very unsocial. A place where if you don’t like someone’s opinion you can block them from existence. Were ideas are only allowed to be expressed if they are agreeable to the shaper of the original idea. New connections are mistrusted and if you reach out to people you are creepy. Debate is an expression of slander and hatred is the norm.
Now if you are a republican there are places you can go to be vitriolic about democrats and vise versa. You will be praised with likes for your witty cutting remarks about someone foolish enough to venture over the line and add another opinion.
While publicly you might think twice about explaining your next conspiracy theory you are free to do so on social media. Spreading second rate stories supposing to be news about how someone is trying to take over the world.
While this unfettered expression of ideas may seem to be the utopia of the 2nd Amendment it is nothing more than a juvenile playground for the uninformed to be more uninformed.
I long for true social media. Where opinions are appreciated and thought is required. Where you have to address the concerns of others that share a different view. A place that you can connect with like-minded as well and not-so-like-minded people. Ideas are like any raw material. It is only through heat and working can they truly grow into something great. No where in our society do we truly have that anymore. It is so desperately needed.
So I will demand less perfection when it comes to my content and just try to be honest about my opinions and struggles in life. While I will always try to make my content readable and entertaining; I will not fret so hard over whether I have good pictures or the right links or font. I will instead do as I set out to do…
Be honest and look for an island of sanity in what seems to be an increasingly insane world.