It’s interesting to take a step back and survey the phenomenon that is social media. We’ve been talking old school blogging this week and it is strange to me to think that back when I first started blogging, lo these seven years ago, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, all had yet to make their mark on the Internet world. In fact, I well remember my friend from college trying to convince me to join Facebook. Being fully immersed in all things bloggy, I couldn’t see the use nor the appeal. And Twitter? Who could figure that out?
How little did I know.
It amuses me now, my ignorance, yes, but also the progression of popular media involvement from blogs (hundreds of words, especially, ahem, here at this site) to Facebook statuses (500 characters is it?) to Twitter (140 characters) to Instagram (a single image). What’s next? Sharing a single color?
Consider too a popular posting game making its way around Facebook today where friends assign friends a random number and they must in turn offer a corresponding amount of little known facts about themselves. We did this via our blogs years ago! Only we called it a meme and tagged each other to participate.
I recently scrolled through the really, really old posts here at Lisa writes… As I do so, I am struck, not so much by the memes and the tags, though some of them were lots of fun, but by my lack of self-consciousness. I wrote honestly and openly back then and, while it’s true some of my posts ought never have seen the light of day, I miss that absence of reserve. Of course, back then there was no one reading save myself and my husband so I could write quite easily and without restraint because, really, who would know?
I’m feeling like an old timer here, waxing nostalgic about the good ol’ days. As such I’m not sure a post like this qualifies as frivolous retro blogging! I guess my point is that, sure, blogging in the good ol’ days was different, and one could argue it was funner. Certainly there were no experts telling us what to write and how to generate SEO and goodness knows what all else the successful blogger needs to do in order to be so. Does that mean I have to follow suit? Can frivolous retro blogging about nothing of consequence make it in today’s blog market? Does it really matter?
No, not to this blogger. I’d rather write what I feel like writing, when I feel like writing. And maybe you will read. Maybe you won’t. I’m fine with that.
So, anyone up for a meme? Here’s 7 things you may not know about me and if you want to play along, consider yourself tagged!
- My favorite color is black.
- I am an introvert among introverts. Small talk, extroverts, and social gatherings all intimidate me more than you can know.
- I have something of a lipstick problem, the buying especially. I probably have no less than 8 tubes in my purse right this moment.
- Closely related to #2 above, I love being at home to the point I could easily be a hermit. Really. My husband has to talk me into vacations. Seriously. I’d just rather be home!
- My favorite novel of all time is Pride and Prejudice. I know, it’s everybody’s favorite novel but it’s especially mine. I read it at least once a year!
- I can’t sing. At all. I mean, I do sing but it doesn’t really qualify as, you know, singing.
- I nearly always have a secret stash of dark chocolate somewhere in the house. My current obsession: Ghiradelli’s Dark and Sea Salt Caramel.
Other facts about me that aren’t so much unknown as known: I love coffee and I love the Lord Jesus, yes and amen.
Tag, you’re it!