Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Internet fatigue.

Is it just my imagination, or is Blogger dying?

I haven't been checking in on Blogger much since I haven't really been in the mood to post anything myself, but I feel like every time I do log in, there are fewer and fewer new posts to read in my subscription feed.  Has everyone moved on to other platforms, or is the art of blogging becoming obsolete?

Maybe it's just the weather.  I've been blogging for nearly four years now, and every time warmer weather rolls around, people start posting less.  I suppose only time will tell.

That said, I'm kind of getting tired of the internet altogether.  It's just so exhausting, having all these different accounts to check in on.  Last night, I opened up Twitter before I went to bed and thought to myself, this is so pointless.  Half the tweets on my timeline were retweets promoting one thing or another and a quarter of them were inside jokes.  The remaining tweets did nothing to enrich my life, but served only to keep me awake later than I would have liked. I signed out last night and will probably stay away for a few days--or at least until I don't feel like I'm reaching for my phone every ten minutes to check Twitter (there's definitely a detox period). 

I read a survey recently that said teenagers are shying away from Facebook in favor of other social networking platforms.  Maybe this is the beginning of the end.  Maybe we're all just tired of sharing every detail of our lives with the world--I know I am.  Less of my life is documented now than was documented two years ago.  I take fewer photos, but I also enjoy myself more than I did when I was seeing everything through a camera lens. 

This weekend, I'm going with my family to the beach.  There was a time when I would have brought my phone so that I could take pictures and tweet from the shore.  But, do you know what?  It's not worth it.  I don't want to miss going into the water with Husband and The Kid just so that I can make sure nobody steals my phone, which will have to be in a protective ziploc bag to protect the screen from being scratched by sand and kept on ice so that the 90 degree weather doesn't overheat the battery.  How much fun is that?  Zero.  All I want to worry about when I'm lying on the beach is applying sunscreen and keeping my kid from drowning. 

I sound like such a grouch, but I'm really just apathetic about the whole thing.  I'm not giving up on taking photos.  I'm not canceling any of my social networking accounts or my blog.  I'm just tired of trying to keep up--for now.  Who knows?  Maybe I'll feel completely differently next week. For now, I'm going to bed. 


Monday, May 13, 2013

Stupid smart phone.

Let's many unpublished drafts have I started and not finished now?


See?  I've been blogging, I just haven't been publishing what I write.*

Part of the reason for my absence has been that I got a new phone.  I hate it.  If you're confused as to how a phone can monopolize all your time, you clearly do not have an Android or an iPhone.  I made the mistake of putting the game Candy Crush on it right away and I lost an entire week.  Where did that week go?  Your guess is as good as mine.  After uninstalling the game, however, I seem to have a lot more time on my hands, hence this update.

"Oh, look at this old-timey photo--JUST KIDDING!  I took it yesterday!" 
Yes, this phone has a much better camera than my BlackBerry had, but when taking photos of people (namely, myself), I've decided that there is definitely such a thing as too many megapixels.  I am 100% certain that my pores don't look as big to the naked eye as they look to the camera lens on my phone.  As a result, I feel like I have to filter everything, AND I HATE FILTERS.

Filters have always seemed really silly to me.  Why make a photo look old and damaged when you can have a vivid, true-to-life image?

Well, now I know why.  Because the megapixel people couldn't stop at well enough and decided that the more detailed the photograph, the better.  You know what?  THAT IS WRONG.  If we were meant to see everyone's faces in such great detail, we would stand much closer to one another when speaking face-to-face.

So, now I understand why everyone is so in love with filters nowadays: they're a necessary evil.  I'm using them often.  My stupid new phone has made me a hypocrite.

Me...after two filters. Because, pores.

But it does take nice photos of dogs...

...and plants.

Another problem with this stupid new phone is that the internet is way too fast on it.  Before, on my BlackBerry, whenever I wanted to read an article or look at an Instagram photo from Twitter, I'd have to *really* want to do it since it took minutes and minutes to load webpages.  Now, everything loads in seconds, so I click willy-nilly and waste loads of time reading uninteresting articles and looking at pictures of food and airplane wings on Instagram.  I don't even have an Instagram account (and I refuse to download it onto my phone for fear that it will cause me to lose another week or more of my life), but that doesn't keep me from clicking on almost every one I see linked on Twitter.

Did I mention that I REALLY HATE typing on this new phone?  One of the reasons I put off switching over from BlackBerry for so long was that I loved my tiny little keyboard so much.  It was extremely easy to type on and it rarely made me look dumb.  This new touchscreen keyboard, however?  It makes me look dumb all the time.  If this phone is so smart, then why can't it tell when I'm trying to to type "you're" instead of "your"?  And why doesn't it know the word groundhog?  THAT IS A WORD, PHONE.  

So, yeah.  I've been having some issues.  I've also been doing other things, like making new friends, taking impromptu trips to New York with said new friends, taking care of a new goldfish, performing PTO duties, going out to movies and nice restaurants, painting things, helping The Kid prepare for two Tooth Fairy visits, and running a promotion for a free paperback copy of Dear Rick, Dear Teri on the book's Facebook fan page

Oh, I probably should have led with that.  If you haven't already, please go over to Facebook and "like" my book's fan page!  If you share my photo of the back of the book (and let me know about it) before Thursday, your name will be put into a drawing to win one of two signed paperback copies. 

So, I'll try to manage my time better from here out, and I'll work on being a more responsible Blogger.  I may even finish writing one of the posts I began weeks ago--right after I finish my two turns in Words With Friends.

* Yes, I realize that this doesn't actually constitute blogging, but let's not split hairs, okay?
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