08 November 2018

Catch Up: Thoughts on Blogging

Configuring how much of the web one allows to take up time in their life, methinks, tends to form half by personal need, and half by how availability is structured.
One question that concerns me is just how safe or unsafe a Wifi Hot Spot is. What does exactly "unsecured" mean? A person told me that he has no Wifi service because he lived in a Hot Spot. If I blog once a week, then I can access at a business with free Wifi, have a meal or cup of coffee, and enjoy being out and about around folks. That sounds better to me than being at home lost for hours on the Internet.

Is the comfort of home, in Internet terms, over rated?
The answer probably depends on life style. If you tether yourself to being online, then being in the comfort of your home might feel best, but as you think about being out and about, home comfort might be less important.  I believe some home comfort transference, to a cell phone or tablet, creates a new personal environment dimension. Not being online allows me to engage in life beyond the keyboard for a balance tailored to Me and Internet.
Blogging to those who do or read blogs might understand that blogging is a way of  keeping in touch with the Outside World. Blogging doesn't fit the model of if you can do that, then you can do this because posting carries a measure of socializing that has a larger private setting, the security of the keyboard,( than speaking in public does). I don't feel I am out there in the world because I blog. I feel I am writing to y'all via my blog. For those of us old enough to have experienced letter writing, receiving and reading, that might make more sense.
In the last 10 years I read fewer blogs. When I do go looking for new blogs to read, I find fewer that appear to be clones of each other like in years gone by. Along the way I've lost and gained favorite blogs. Glitches are less on Blogger than they use to be. However, Comments appears to be going through a full Moon phase. There are a few blogs where my published comments no longer show up. There's no way to know if I've been blocked or if it's a glitch.* If you are missing me, then that might be a reason.  Overall, blogs feel to me to have more substance, more solid interesting posts even if only a photo and caption. That isn't because blogs are different. I appreciate them more.

Instagram is still going strong as a replacement for bloggers.  (I love Instagram, but don't log in regularly.) The new blush of cyber communicating, I feel, is the Podcast. (I'm presently working on a post about how to set up a Podcast.) YouTube videos also appear to be a blogging alternative. I look to YouTube for music and tutorials, and thus miss the full range of what that venue offers. The Podcast is appealing to me for reasons that have yet to settle like falling leaves on the ground, knowing their place in the cycle is transforming.


*Firefox Mozilla updates might be part of the glitch. I found a block on pop ups I don't recall setting. After clicking that off, comments appear on blogs where they didn't show up.

11 comments:

  1. I'm a blogger and intend to stick with it until blogging dies. Instagram doesn't interest me and I have a very limited presence on facebook. When I started blogging it was chiefly a means to let my grown kids see what I happened to be working on. Nobody was more surprised than I was when suddenly I started getting readers that weren't family or friends. I still don't have a ton of followers and there's really only a nucleus of about a dozen people who comment regularly and that I count as friends, albeit long distance ones that I am unlikely to ever meet in person. Some days I spend a lot of hours on the internet and others I simply dip in and out, depending on what else is happening in my life.

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    1. Hi Maryanne, I like the dip in and out style. It works for me as well.
      Faceboook is less appealing than it was in the beginning. All the rush to share scared me off of being too much into Facebook. It's frightening to see folks who friend anyone that asks; and with an only friends of friends feature on share, no thank you to that.

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  2. Some folks can now post on my Blog where they couldn't when I removed the settings for the defunct Google+. Not sure I would go to Instagram, but then if found myself here alone, just might.

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    1. Hi Tabor, I think of Instagram as a sort of short version of blogging where there are usually more comments from a variety of folks. I think you might learn to like it as well.

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    2. Sorry forgot to add... the comment glitch is the Mozilla setting in Options, the popup blocker feature. I uncheck it. Now comments appear.

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  3. As a bit of a hermit, blogging allows me to keep in touch with people who have similar interests. I'm a reader, a gardener, and a crafter and enjoy knowing what others are up to in these areas. I like looking at Instagram in areas that interest me, but have never posted there. :)

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    1. Hi Jenclair,
      A squirrel finally showed up today. It made me think of your possum.
      The set up on Instagram makes it difficult to read favorites as the follow list is in order of following. Looking is easier than posting there.

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  4. I'll have to remember that Firefox issue- a couple of bloggers I follow have been having issues with comments lately, and I wonder if that's it. I don't use Firefox at all.

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    1. Hi William,
      Firefox updates seem to cause glitches like Windows updates do. After I allow pop up boxes, the comment problem disappeared. That's on the laptop. If using a cell phone, then I have to click on Desktop View in order to leave comments.

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  5. I have an internet routine. Not matter when I get up, I read as much as I can. Terry gets up around 10, then I'm pretty much done for the day. I only read my news feed on FB to see what the kids are up to and totally avoid commenting on political issues there. I do like to see stitching group posts because so many bloggers have dumped the platform and post there. I HATE Instagram. I like the blog community much better and usually only comment on real cyber friends posts as opposed to those that blog to promote.
    xx, Carol

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    1. Hi Carol,
      I think it is time for another website to become popular since Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., are so much used to feel boring sometimes.

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