Before I get into my diatribe about social media, I just want to let y’all know I’m over twenty thousand words into the WIP. This pleases me, as it’s been a while since I’ve written something I wanted to continue. So… good news! 🙂 I’ll finish this one.
Also: I was having a health problem the last couple months, and only recently have I been told the chances of it being serious are negligible. I’m waiting on one more test result, but things look very good at this point. YAY!
And now… on to the rant. Heh.
I’ve had some problems with social media the last few months. Much of my distaste for it revolves around the presidential election; I’m fed up with the GOP candidates and the nonsense that comes out of their mouths, and I’m not altogether fond of Hillary, either. She keeps playing the gender card (“I’m a woman, therefore….”) and downplaying how much of her money comes from Wall Street and Big Banks or adroitly avoiding the subject altogether. I know who I’m voting for. I don’t need to hear anymore of this stuff.
It’s not just the continuing garbage from the right, either. Today on G+, a comment I made was misunderstood, and instead of asking me a simple question to clarify, I was thrown out of the community and blocked by two posters who called me names first.
This upset me, because it’s indicative of how people interact these days, never giving someone else the benefit of the doubt but assuming instantly they are guilty of whatever they think you’ve done or said. And because I was blocked, I didn’t have the chance to clarify my comment. That really pissed me off. Sentenced and executed, just like that.
My favorite place to be these days is on Facebook. Yeah, I know how odd that sounds, given our problems with FB, but I can carefully control who sees what I post and whom I talk to. I only rarely post publicly, so curious passersby don’t generally notice me, hence I don’t get a lot of nastiness from strangers, like I do on G+.
G+. I love it and I hate it. I can control things there to a certain degree, as well, but a lot of posts are public, and that attracts trolls. I really don’t want to hear what an idiot I am because I’m atheist, or how I’m going to hell because I don’t believe in their deity. Meh.
So I made some changes there. I cleaned out my circles, dumping people I didn’t know or who’d never talked to me. I also moved some people around, putting them into different, more appropriate circles. And I changed the setting on anything I post so it only goes to my circles and isn’t public.
Unlike on FB, where I originate a lot of material, I’m primarily known over there as a commenter. Those comments facilitate conversation, which makes me a valuable commodity in social media. Usually what I write is clear and easily understood, but based on what happened today, apparently not always. Even as well as I write, things are sometimes misconstrued. Imagine how difficult it is for the average person to try to make themselves understood to strangers online!
All that being said, I’m still tiring of social media in faster cycles. I used to be able to go months before I had to close the tabs for a few days. Now it’s weeks. Also, I don’t get anything done when FB, Twitter, and G+ are open in the browser. It’s taking me forever to write the WIP.
Social media is a distraction. I know it. Every time I get stuck, I turn to it rather than forcing myself to face the problem head-on, work it through, and finish the scene so I can move on. I’ve been doing this more and more lately, and it’s really starting to bother me.
In an attempt to make some progress on the new book, I’m forcing myself to ignore social media more often and for longer periods. Like any addiction, this will be difficult. 😉 Because it is an addiction. For someone who’s always taken pride in not letting himself become dependent on anything (cigarettes, liquor, drugs, etc.), why should I now let social media start calling the shots?
Not gonna happen.