The reason I blog, the entire reason, is that I want to be acknowledged. That’s the bold and unvarnished truth. Blogging, like Twitter or Facebook (or any social media) is designed around the principle of the Ego Unchecked. When we post to such sites, are we really sharing important updates in our lives?
Sitting on the toilet for twenty minutes relieving yourself is not newsworthy, in my view. It’s not something you should share with your followers on Twitter. Or on Facebook. In fact, it’s a fair bet that no one on your friends list really wants to think about you moving your bowels, even under the best of circumstances.
The best use of social media is, in my view, to share those events that are truly important to you. Announcing that your wife is pregnant would be important. Announcing that you just clipped your toenails isn’t.
When I post to this blog, I have it set up to show up on my profile on Facebook. I do this, again, for the same reason I mentioned above: I want to be acknowledged that I have something important to say and someone is listening.
I’m not a good verbal communicator. People tend to interrupt me and I tend to let them. This is probably due to how I perceive my place in our society and the role I to take. I also tend to stutter and trip over my words. I get ahead of myself and when I try to correct myself, come across and bumbling and something of lackwit.
I’m not an extrovert in any sense of the word. In fact, I am a pretty typical introvert when it comes right down to it. I prefer to examine myself and my place in the world and not take part in any direct measure of it. Self-examination is probably the hardest thing to do in this life, but it is something we all have to do at some point. Some don’t go far enough, being satisfied with what society tells them to be like. Others, like me, tend to throw off what society wants and focus more on what the individual wants. Or needs.
In any event, I prefer the written word when communicating, particularly in blog form, since people cannot interrupt me when I am making a point. Sure they can pick which parts of the text they want to respond to, but, for the most part, they can’t stop me from getting my point across. Even if they ignore whole parts of what I write, it’s still there for someone else to read.
So, that’s it in a nutshell. My ego unchecked and explained. The whole reason for me to have a blog is laid bare for all to see. Do with this information what you will.