Friday I agitated people. I was looking at all variables in my life, wondering what’s different, feeling a need to change things up. I zeroed in on my Twitter and Facebook presences. I intended to delete both and focus only on blogging. I put out that idea and plan on both channels, and got back a lot of feedback as I was drafting the foregoing.
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Various facets and degrees of human social experience interest me immensely. Anarchists are like that, since natural social interaction is all you’ve got to go on, normally. On the other hand, I have eyes, ears, a sense of touch & smell, and a mind. I’m a social animal, too—as are we all. Let’s talk Twitter, and Facebook Pages and Groups in that context.
“Social networks,” so called, have failed for me on every level if I really do an honest assessment. Drama, lately. The most important is to sit in calm contemplation and ask myself how it happened: what was the root cause? The root cause is always behavioral in nature, but what’s motivating such behavior on my part that results in others’ behavior; unwelcome retaliatory behavior?
I don’t fully know the answer to any of that, because it was so clear that in my particular life and circumstance, it was multi-factorial: going from brash blogger—very well respected for that—specifically—to brash blogger that has gained enough haters to probably take note of. …Haters do not “Make Me Famous.” If if that were the case, I’d immediately become a lover of shit I hate & loath. Barf.
In September of 2010, we moved from our downtown loft into a house in the burbs with a yard for the dogs. By that time, my blog was riding high, I was getting tons of comments on most posts (more now, actually), and I was looking in terms of a book or other “soft” monetization, which is to say: “allow me to make a modest income off of this and we’ll all be happy.” I loath the hard marketing—the stupid shit hundreds of start-up Paleo bloggers have tried to undertake and failed immediately or soon enough, mostly. Good.
I had a Twitter account and my FB Page when I lived in the lofts. That’s what everyone did. Here’s an interesting variable. I used to charge my iPad (iPhone prior) once every 2-3 days. Now, because I have a wonderful and natural backyard I sit in year round, I charge my iPad twice a day. Important variable? The interesting social uniqueness about Twitter and FB is that if you have enough followers or “friends,” there’s sure to be a number online at any given time. You can have “real”time interaction 24/7, especially if you’re pretty international. Let me ask you something. Is that normal? Is it normal that you have a pseudo friend available 24/7 for you? And if it’s not, how does that effect your behavior over months—or 2 years?
Ever got a phone call that shocked the life out of you, delighted or horrified you at the same time or one or the other, out of the blue? No matter how that worked out, you were dealing with the voice of a real person—a love of life perhaps—and too bad there was no Facebook. You’d have already known. Perhaps that’s a good thing. Perhaps it’s not.
For me, it’s quite simple. I lived in downtown, with friends galore therein, that equaled almost daily socializing. Then I moved away and they were all gone. Sure, everyone makes an initial effort but pretty soon, you’re left to your own in the back yard with an iPad. Where once the blog/social day was over around 5, thankfully—and it can wait—it soon became my replacement. But it’s not the same as sitting face to face with friends I love, me cooking them dinner, going to their place or even collaborating based on what’s in refrigerators.
Are we built to set that aside? Maybe yes; maybe no. Maybe new and modern social paraphernalia is a push to greater social evolution—beyond our hunter gatherer limit of 30-60 people to account for—that we can ultimately handle and still feel like we have a handle.
That was the extent of the draft. At any rate, instead of getting out of the Twitter and Fabebook presence for the blog, I’ve repurposed it them. Also, a while back I wrote of what I was going to do about my personal Facebook page and that worked out quite well. I now spend more time with friends and family I know in real space, and less on the FTA Facebook page and Twitter account.