Posted by lisaspiral
I’ve been neglecting my blog.
There are a multitude of reasons for this, and even more excuses. It’s summer, no one reads blogs in the summer. I’ve been spending a lot of time up at my parent’s and they don’t have the internet. I keep forgetting to take pictures.
The truth is that social media is a double-edged sword. Addictive and depressing, narrowing the information bandwidth, and allowing us to pretend we’re connecting with people, creating an illusion of a network of friends. At the same time it really does help keeping track of our loved ones at a distance. It can be an efficient way to organize, or spread information. It can be a meeting ground and a place to begin new, real, relationships.
Like most things, making social media work for us rather than against us requires work. Hitting the like button and sharing the facebook generated and suggested birthday meme isn’t really work. Counting how many “friends” you have and playing games across a social platform doesn’t build relationships.
I have friends who read my blog. I know this because they’ll comment, or call and ask for follow up. (Or message me to alert me to a gramatical error.) When I see them they’ll be fairly up to date on what’s been going on in my life. I have friends who don’t read my blog. They are surprised at old news and entirely unashamed when I comment that I talked about it on my blog. (If you really wanted to keep up……)
I also have regular readers who feel like friends. I’ve read their blogs, and made comments. They’ve read my blog and made comments. We have some things in common. We keep track. But it’s hard to read all the blogs and maintain all the long distance, never met you in person relationships. Bloggers come and go, getting caught up in other aspects of their lives.
I am truly grateful for all the people who take the time to check in. I am delighted by the little likes and shares, and genuinely appreciate the support. I am thrilled and if I’m honest intimidated by the comments. I try to check in and respond back. Sometimes it’s overwhelming.
Thank you for taking the time to participate in my social media outpourings. Thank you for being that oddity that is an on-line friend. Thank you for your likes, your shares, your comments, your patience, your continuing checking in and checking up on me.