Not for the Likes…
I will not open 2019 with a “top 9” or anything of the sort as I have in the past. While my job will not let me altogether remove myself from several social media platforms, I will minimize my footprint on these mediums significantly this year for several reasons:
I’d like to refocus my sharing to my own platform, this website.
I have become increasingly disenfranchised by the algorithmic feed manipulation of the social media sites deciding what posts I get to see and not see. It’s depersonalized social media for me. I’m less and less connected to the people I’m most interested in connecting with.
I’d like to reduce my screen time in 2019 and fill my minutes with other distractions.
I am increasingly unnerved by the immediacy of targeted advertisements.
I want to see if I find my own creativity.
I’ve thought about the best way to make this pivot, and I decided ghosting was best. I’m so 2018. I’m not an advocate of the tactic for dating, but it welcomes the opportunity to return without scaring friends and followers away.
2018 was another year of me neglecting this blog in favor of quick hit likes from social media. I’m tired of being lazy letting #hashtags and captions substitute for deeper dives and real connection. Even I am tired of TL;DR-ing content my friend’s post because I’m too impatient to give the next photo 2 seconds of my time. I feel my work while certainly inferior to many of those I follow deserves more than a square-crop and 2 seconds of double-tap consideration, and that I have a voice that goes beyond 144 characters, and is better not sandwiched between fake political news and a Target advertisement. So to you nonexistent readers, 2019 will be right here for me.
So here is my personal top 9: