Well, between FB, Twitter, Tumblr, SU, G+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc. I can’t seem to get anything consistently going (or finish filling out all my basic user profiles, nor do I even know if my links here still work properly!), it’s all so overwhelming. And each forum favors certain types of niche-oriented content, so I feel pulled in all directions but have no sense of cohesion.
I can’t keep up with my messages, post responses, visit followers, etc and still have time to surf the web and find things worthy of sharing, much less generate insightful original content like I did before the big social media explosion that followed the (short-lived) success of MySpace (which is one forum I never bothered with, at least).
Also there is my RAGING paranoia over certain forums growing more and more into huge spying/data mining sources (FB/Google, etc — do some personal research if you want to know more about that). I don’t trust any of these large forums enough to exercise my true freedom of speech and thought anymore, which is one reason I’ve seriously cut down on posting selfies, links, and personal updates (plus still dealing with ongoing offline issues).
That leaves me with little more than trite/”fluff” content and superficial posts that don’t seem worth much on the social landscape and I like to have a mixture of silliness and substance. I really have no one place from which to consistently generate the wide variety of type (and length) of content I prefer to post.
- I like Tumblr (easy and instant posting format) except its audience seems to favor a lot of fluff over substance. Some lame quote or questionably humorous doodle may generate thousands of “comments,” yet if you write more than a sentence or two, or don’t post a cartoon or goofy animated .gif, few at Tumblr will even bother to read it. (It’s why I have <200 followers.)
- Facebook has been my primary choice for general status stuff/pics/conversation, etc. but it truly is a privacy nightmare to the extent that I’m considering removing my accounts. (Followers: >4200.)
- StumbleUpon (my first and five-year previously much-loved “daily forum home”) transformed itself a few years ago from a wonderful concept that combined true usefulness with individuality into a soulless link-dump wasteland (you can no longer post original content unless it’s specifically about/directed toward a link somewhere) and essentially self-imploded as a real contender in the social media circus. (Followers: nearly 7000.)
- LinkedIn makes me very uncomfortable because I don’t like to publicize my personal information like that, so I have hardly bothered finishing my profile there. (Followers: no idea.)
- Twitter's 140-character limit along with incessant hashtags, flame wars and who's retweeting/answering/messaging who is like playing linguistically-challenged ping-pong with too many people trying to talk to you simultaneously. (Followers approx. 4000 my first few months but quit actively tweeting two years ago; no idea now, probably 12, ha. Yes, I suck.)
- I started briefly posting on Pinterest over two years ago, but I have probably fewer than ten photos there and I’ve long forgotten my password. (Side note: all that “Food Pr0n” does not interest me! If I want to look at dishes and recipes, call me old-fashioned, but I’d rather just look at a foodie mag or something.) Regardless, I find it strange that people continue to start following me there despite my total lack of activity. (Followers: no clue.)
- G+ is best for high-end photography and links of cutting-edge news and more cerebral and esoteric content (but not much personal commentary — that’s best shared at SU), but I seldom post there, either. (Followers 350-400.)
- I started to create an Instagram profile from my cell phone but it wanted me to enable GPS in order to use it, so I uninstalled it.
- I’ve considered trying some YouTube ”vlogs” but with my constant relocating and my devices breaking down/lack of good equipment, that had to be shelved for now. I prefer written/static visual media over videos since it’s my forte, but maybe I can find a way to combine the two, offline circumstances permitting.
As you can tell from the length of this post, it doesn’t “fit” in ANY of these forums very well. For those of us who like to write in-depth original content and/or create multifaceted posts, poetry and original cartoons/offbeat humor or even write full feature articles in addition to the standard links, shout-outs, scenic/edgy/funny pics, re-posts and whatnot, there just doesn’t seem to be any single popular forum in which to do so, so all that’s left is to create an off-forum blog. (*Sigh*)
Also, due to the inherent “instant gratification” provided by social forums vs private blogs, few people will bother to click links posted on these forums to go read your latest blog post, no matter how fascinating. (Ha.) In fact, despite the link to this post being auto-posted on Facebook and Twitter, few will even read this. And if one also enjoys group interaction and reader participation, a personal blog can feel like a barren wasteland compared to the constant chaos and activity of social forums. There is no happy medium, especially when one first starts out.
So, please bear with me during the next two or three months (have to relocate again: think of me as a “Rebel Without a Plan”), and maybe once I’m situated I can resume some regular posting from (very likely) a personal blog. (Also, as an aside, I’m seeking freelance editorial work anyone might want to farm out my way, creds provided upon request.)
Anyway, just wanted to check in and say hi and stuff annnd, it seems I got long-winded, as I am prone to do at times. So, “Hi!” Cheers, Elise~ <3