Not humblebragging in the least, for that is our least favorite human trait on social media. But to highlight how good seeing this message two days in a row is, serendipitously while writing a page & a few posts to explain not only the genesis of this blog, but the rather circuitous route it took to its current form. While also trying to explain some of its eccentricities, and highlighting some of the content that doesn’t get nearly as much traffic as the rest, and finally talking about the content that consistently brings people here. The dichotomy between the two which is borne out of a conversation with a dear friend I’d not spoken to in years. They didn’t even know I was still blogging!?!?
Thinking about User Experience as much as I do, it behooves me to from time to time apply that to my own properties, and my own social media exerience. Yet to do so is almost artistically opposed diametrically to the intended goal. For if it has to be explained or if it has to be pointed out then my job has not been done properly. Recent developments, and changing landscapes have cast many of these things into question and deserve both reflection or articulation.
Rethinking fundamentally what not only the blog is, but what it can be, or even should try to be. These are not easily answered questions and have loads of nuance that should accompany such complex philosophical debates. For this blog does mean one thing to its owner and another thing altogether to its users. That will always foundationally be the thing that divides cross-purposes. Targeting those areas where it overlaps is key. Having foregone Facebook (personally), a year ago yesterday, it has reserved more time and patience to be applied to the things shared here. Of putting them here so that both myself and others can see the topics that recur, that flare up, or request more time & attention. This year I’ve avoided almost fully reporting on the explosively tabloid coverage of the presidential election cycle. The internecine fights, for politics made up a great portion of my youth. As they say it is a time to put away childish things, and to focus more on legacy issues, and activism that produces results.
For it is easy to get swept along in a tide of outrage in the ‘Attention Economy’ and lose sight of what not only is effective, but necessary. The coalition building and structural things that need addressing before entering into a fray that is already dominated heavily by spin, and will make your voice reactionary not revolutionary. Then you can only measure your successs in vanity metrics, not in lives touched. With things like #BlackOutDay happening in few days, it is good to step back & review the year in a life, the changing landscape, and the evolving nature of the blog.
Looking forward to finishing several different projects in March & getting a new attitude, and hopefully a new look for this space going forward. Thanks so much for reading or supporting this blog, it really does make my heart swell.