On the road this morning to get my hair cut! Yes, I know this excitement seems a bit over the top but I’ve put it off for months. My hair is baby fine and when it gets too long – which it is – it just doesn’t look good. If I parted my hair down the middle, I’d look exactly like I looked in college. And I’m not in college, if you know what I mean. I’m going to tell Amanda to take 3 1/2 inches off.
I have a love/hate thing with social media. Everyone is tweeting, it seems, or texting, or on Facebook. I have a twitter account. I’ve had it for months. I think I’ve tweeted twice. And I had to force myself to. I can’t help but wonder who the heck cares about the minutia of my life? I don’t even care, so why should I expect someone else to? It just looks like an endless time-waster to me. Rather that tweeting about a moment, how about living in the moment?
I love Facebook for one thing: I have reconnected with former students and friends from theater, high school, college and grad school. That is simply wonderful. That’s what I use Facebook for. To connect to people I care about and who live all over the world.
The thing about Facebook that irritates me is the endless self-promoting that goes on there. Of course, we all want to share good news, it’s only natural. But when post after post is about ‘look at me…I did this or I did that’ – my eyes glaze over. It turns me off. The truth about me is that I’ve never been comfortable bragging about myself or listing my accomplishments. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. But I’m not a person who feels the need to tell everyone about it. Nine times out of ten, it’s my husband who will sneak in a post about something I’m involved in. And sometimes I will tell him not to!
I don’t link my blog posts there. I don’t want a Facebook page for this blog. Why do I need another page with fans when I already have you all here? I don’t get it. The time that it would take to maintain a blog Facebook page is time I’d rather devote to…the blog.
Maybe it’s just me? After all, with reality television, social media and YouTube, we have entered a world that is often about ‘me, me, me.’ I’m clearly not of this generation. I wasn’t raised to constantly toot my own horn. Maybe it’s that Midwestern Protestant upbringing?
The irony that I have a blog hasn’t escaped me. I love to chat about things here on this blog. But that seems different to me. I hope it’s different. I’m naturally self-deprecating. Most of the time, I see life through a humorous lens. Observations about life are the basis for most of my posts.
I’m sure I will occasionally share something I’m proud of – something I made or some decorating ideas – after all, I share something or other with you every day. But I promise not to make that the focus of this blog. I think of this blog as a potpourri of observations, ideas, projects, and the occasional heartfelt rant.
What are your thoughts on social media? Mine are clearly conflicted!
I have to get going. I’m closing with another photo of Ms. Smartie Scout:
She’s brilliant, isn’t she? And a bit crazy.
Whoops! It’s Thursday and that means Thrifty Living 2012 and I totally forgot to send you over to Elaine’s blog – where she is going to share about homemade household cleaners. Stop by!