I really enjoy reading “Life lately” posts, where people talk a little bit about themselves, what happened, what they’ve been reading, what they felt. A few years ago, posts like that were common, but now the same content has gone over to Facebook or Instagram.
I have been spending less time on social media and that means that sometimes I don’t know what’s going on and I also don’t end up sharing what’s going on with me.
I’m not an extremist on anything in life, I talk a lot about being more sustainable, but I still consume a lot of things that are not sustainable. For that reason, I don’t think I’ll be that person what completely stops using Instagram or Facebook. I’ll spend a lot of time away BUT for all the bad things that social media can be, I can’t help but think about the good that they provide.
However, one of the main disadvantages of social media is that it demands our attention every single minute, there’s not that asynchronous connection that there was before social media. A blogger might only announce on social media a workshop that that person is going to make. But what if, for some reason, I’m not on social media for a few days? I might miss the opportunity to go to a workshop that I’d love to go to. This is just one small example but I think that it gets my point across.
That’s one of the reasons why I continue to read blogs through RSS – a simple way to keep myself updated on my favorite websites without waiting for social media to show it to me – with RSS I control what I see and when I see it. That’s also something that happens with social media – following someone but their publications are not shown on your feed.
And I have been almost writing this type of post several times these past few months but something always stops me: who cares? Sometimes I hear again things from conversations with other people: “people that only want attention”, “no one cares about what that person says, don’t know why he/she/they write about it” – I push back on those comments saying things like “what do you care about what someone else does?”, “it’s their life”. HOWEVER, these conversations stay with me, poisoning me, keeping me from writing,I can’t help but wonder: what will people think? Just because I decided to publish this?
I’m not going to not care about what other people think about me overnight, but damn it, if I feel like writing these posts, why don’t I? No one needs to read them if they don’t want to.
I always I had a blog, I wrote about what happened in my day and how school went, I used to update the design of my blog often and change all the images and icons, it was so much fun.
This blog will never get back to being a journal, my journal contains words that are just my own, but that doesn’t mean I won’t write posts about me. I like reading “Life lately” posts, I love to know what people are doing and what they’re eating – you can call me noisy but that has always fascinated me.
And obviously that I’m going to keep writing about sustainability, food and making, because those are all things that I’m passionate about and make me feel alive. There’s still plenty of things that I want to write about those topics. Unfortunately, I’m too censoring myself on those posts and afraid of hitting publish, as I said, I’m trying to be better at that.
So yes to “Life lately” posts, I’m not sure how long I’ll be writing them for, as long as I’m enjoying writing them I guess.