Instead of reading what I set out to I re-read 1984 instead. It getts more and more relevant as time goes on and I would put it in any top ten list I ever tried to make 📚

It highlights a disturbing, worsening tendency in social media in which tribal allegiances are replacing shared empirical understandings of the world. Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Here’s Exhibit A.

This highlights many of my frustrations not just with social media itself but munch of society. We seem to be too interested in pulling out everything that divides us and failing to realise we are all the same person.

My drafts list grows when I’m drunk. I get lots of ideas when the drink is flowing. Brilliant and exciting they are, words that will win me praises for sure.

Tap the red button now the dawn breaks, like my spirts. Perhaps those ideas didn’t need lubricating after all.

is blogging dead?

We’re less likely to call these things blogs—maybe we’ll call it a newsletter, or a publication. Or a Twitter feed. Or a Facebook feed. Or a YouTube channel Is Blogging Dead?

Without doubt the blogging world has changed hugely. I think podcasting may just be the new blogging. With awesome one man small casts like Birchtree so easy to consume its boom time.

Could everything be a blog?

There’s loads of words typed out, but nothing said. Plenty of passive aggressiveness, but no care and attention. Levels of bitterness, only rivalled by the levels of hate.

I don’t want to read, I want to engage in real, meaningful ways. I want to be social - but this, isn’t.

The best way to to move away from twitter completely would be personal micro blogs with RSS feeds into an app of choice.

However there would need to be some way to converse. 🤔

I’ve never been one of the cool kids and I think it’s unlikely some switch is going to flip and I’m going to start being cool now. If you need me, I’ll be over here doing what I’ve always done: my own thing. Aleen Mean

I want to hear opinions and ideas from good writers, not pull quotes with a trailing off-the-cuff remark. - Gabe Weatherhead

More true now than ever!

Don’t worry about numbers

I’ve written several times about my love hate relationship with writing. Worrying about what people will read on and share. Logging onto analytics ridiculous times a day to have a look. But a post by the creator of micro blog Manton Reece may have finally lasted my feelings to rest.

His blog post about not worrying about numbers and why doesn’t have follower counts is great. It shows the ethics of the platform and also some great thoughts about Facebook! #writing

Smartphone addiction and me

I can feel it once again, the stirs of urges that are controlling my habits without any conscious thought. All the billions poured into research and development, all the hours of design and engineering are working. All simply to keep me picking up the computer in my pocket.

Although many claim these issues do not exist, I can tell you for a fact they do and I can feel it once more. The word addiction stirs up some powerful emotions. The thought of smartphone addiction brings with it the notion of someone weak that is simply not strong enough to put down the handset. It labels those as a sub class, with overtones of snark. Yet we are ALL those addicts.

Any moment of boredom and the hand reaches into the pocket and out comes the warm glow of pixels and hits of dopamine. For the last few months I have been aware of these effects, consciously fighting these feelings of behavioural addiction. It is only once you stop doing what is almost normal you can observe the behaviour of others around you. Much as a ex-drug addict can observe minute clues in those still fighting addiction, I can not only see the changes in others, but in myself.

Recent studies suggest the most compulsive behaviour we engage in has to do with cyber connectivity; 40% of us have some sort of internet-based addiction – whether it’s checking your email (on average workers check it 36 times an hour), mindlessly scrolling through other people’s breakfasts on Instagram or gambling online. - Fatima Bhutto, The guardian.

Since purchasing the iPhone X, I have been using my phone much more then I want to. I can feel the itch that others must feel. In order to justify my expensive purchase, and as well as enjoying a new purchase, I have been using it much more than previous phones. With thanks to unethical app design and a gloriously immersive screen, the behavioural addiction has returned.

I find myself reaching for my phone when I have no need to. The itch returns at ridiculous times and requires conscious thought to stop. My mind is simply reliant on having something to entertain me, even when there are many other options. I am not some weak minded person to be dismissed, although I feel that way. The only reason I feel these things is because I have broken the cycle once before. I must do again, and so should you.

I quite like so might use it to cross post things and update. Allows me to keep social but not have to open Twitter 😂

I like the idea of this site, cross posting to Twitter and not having to deal with that cesspool. I just wish I could get the cross posting working. Any ideas @help