Brian Andreas thinks social media fragments us more than brings us together. And since we’re all here through a form of social media, I want to examine this room we’re in for just a second and then offer a small solution for what I want to do about it. Because I really want to do something about this:
Being constantly inundated with our social updates tires us out—we’re fatigued and we’re annoyed with each other. Here’s why: while it is true that no one care’s about your trip to Mexico, your weird tastes in music and the dinner that you just made, we still want to be involved. But we hate the self-serving. We’re re-pinning and re-tweeting without context, without collaboration. The Internet will always suffer from social media fatigue until it allows for seamless collaboration among multi-platforms, multi-dimensions, and multi-media. This may be idealistic view but it’s not impossible.
I feel like social media is a dark room in which I throw into it things I like and things I create. And then I expect something to happen. And I get disappointed when nothing happens. I am fatigued with it. I hate having to constantly add new platforms. Pinterest? A Facebook Fan Page? An email newsletter? Those are all things I’m considering adding to my repertoire in order to better “connect”. And I’ll do it. But I won’t like it.
So I’m not doing any of it (except maybe the email newsletter after the summer). None of it at all. I refuse (except that one thing.)
This is what I’m doing instead…
During the summer months because of the “Bereshit Bara” Blog Series on Creativity my writing won’t be featured here as much, which is a good thing because other more talented writers will be. But since I won’t be at the forefront of my own blog I thought it makes the perfect opportunity for a new approach that will keep me writing.
I’ll still write my blog, but instead of posting it here I’ll send it to you on a Postcard.
That’s right, through the mail system. I know it’s sort of old fashion but who doesn’t love receiving mail?
This doesn’t immediately address “seamless collaboration through multi-platforms.” Not yet anyway.
But I want to do better. And not just better writing, but better community building.
And you help me do that.
By writing a Postcard to you it will help focus my attention and force my words to be precise and my heart to be true. I’m not kidding. I’ll get more out of this than you.
If you want into this “Blog by Postcard” then email me your mailing address at rossgale4 at gmail dot com.
I’ll do it until it’s unfeasible, or my wife gets frustrated I’m stealing her stamps, or I’ve got to pay thirty bucks to mail a postcard to Greenland or something similar.
I’ll do it as long as I can really, truly connect and really, truly write well. That will make it worth it and maybe merge the many fragments.