This has been a year of moving stuff — new house, adult children moving back and forth and away again… needless to say, I moved away from social media a fair bit in the process. I just checked in on this blog and noticed that I had missed my “5 years of blogging congratulations” a few days ago. I see I still have some followers and stats tell me that some of my past posts are still being read. So while I am no longer posting much, I have been pondering what to do with this blog. Should I ‘move’ to something else? Get a new “place” for different stories? Use my blog or social media differently? Facebook’s algorithms and engagement “tricks” can annoy me. Twitter seems less personally engaging and interactive now. Many people who I have followed for some time don’t tweet and/or blog much anymore. I miss their voices and messages, but I can’t expect them to post for my benefit. Have I let it become all about the news and trending topics, or is this now the general experience of social media? I have chosen to be less “active” with social media and blogging, but will I continue to enjoy a more passive participation? “SheilaSpeaking” doesn’t quite fit now :) I could move to something like Instagram, but then something would have to go…
I have two posts in draft on this blog, so I might get to publishing them ahead. There is one thing — this blog can still feel like more my own space considering all the promotions and advertising on other social media platforms (well, there are those ads that show up at the bottom of my posts via wordpress…). I still like (need?) to write and place my thoughts somewhere. Maybe a private journal would serve me well, once again. I wouldn’t have to complain or reflect about social media use and impact there🙂
See how it goes… but feel free to unfollow this somewhat abandoned blog. My post topics may be less about education ahead as well.