I'd sorely miss the Random Thursday posts!
Thanks for the encouragement, Rob. I'm guessing I still have a Random Thursday post or two in me. ;-)
For what it's worth, I'd miss you too. Even if I do see you on FB.
Beth, I didn't mean for this to come across as a shameless whine for attention (Ed. – Oh, yes you did). I'm just grudgingly facing the reality that FB is becoming a more satisfying social experience than I ever expected, and the creative urges that caused me to start blogging in the first place have become less, um, urgent. I'm sure most bloggers understand those issues. (And it's that – I hate to use the term, but here it is – psychic connection that, in large part, keeps me coming back to this medium.)
I know of wherefor you speak. Streams was much neglected anyway, but my photo blog was actively updated. But now with FB it's harder to keep up with photos too. Sad. I'm sure this is the same thing my Grandmother faced when radio replaced the family reading hour.
I started to argue that this isn't an issue of technology, but decided that you're not really making that case anyway. Your analogy is pretty insightful (I know; who'd have guessed? ;-): it's all about changing social interactions. In your example, your Grandmother looked forward to the involvement of the "reading hour," but her family was getting its social stimulus elsewhere.
(If that wasn't the point you were trying to make, it should have been. And just try having this kind of scintillating, sophisticated discussion on FB, let alone Twitter.)
Please add me to the list of people who enjoy reading the Gazette. FB is a pain - probably because I don't know how to use it properly - but still...
Les, FB is like standing in the middle of a cocktail party where you catch (or throw) snippets of conversation. If you're in the mood for it, it can be a lot of fun – addictive, even – and also a way to stay in touch with family and friends. But it's not designed for in-depth dialogue.
Of course, "in-depth" is not exactly the Gazette's forte either, but that's not the point.
Anyway, thanks for continuing to visit...I'll do my best to stay the course and try to earn that loyalty!
Say it isn't so. There's a place for good bloggers even with Facebook. Maybe the Reporter-Telegram can help bring attention to those good bloggers in Midland.
I have no idea what a reference to "good bloggers" has to do with the Gazette, but, whatever.
OK...you asked for it. Tune in tomorrow for a hard-hitting exposé of the seamier side of men's fashion, courtesy of the industrious pixel gnomes employed at sub-market prices by the Gazette.
No, no.....I can't access Facebook at work!! Besides, I've decided to avoid that particular "social" network when I realized my "friends" weren't realy "friends".
What kind of sick world is this where Facebook is blocked but access to the Fire Ant Gazette is granted?
Uh, you do realize that you have complete control over who your FB "friends" are, right? ;-)
Anyway, you'll always be welcome here at the Gazette, for however long it continues (but comments such as yours are like injections of adrenaline into a cardiac arrest patient's chest...they provide renewed vigor and hope!).
Boo! No, don't do it!
OK, Gene, I'll try to keep it hanging on, if for no other reason than it gives me another excuse to play around with Photoshop!
We'll take you anyway we can get you but I do enjoy your Gazette blogs, plus I drink from the Gazette cup every morning!
Uh, oh. You identified the real reason I blog: to sell those Fire Ant coffee mugs! I've made literally dozens of dollars (or I will if I can sell five or six more of them *hint, hint*) from the Gazette CafePress store. They make wonderful Christmas gifts, and will be treasured for years as family heirlooms.
Thanks for sticking around!
You're always on the cutting edge, and maybe that's at least part of what drives you to move on. But what will replace Facebook?
I hope the Gazette sticks around, but damn, that sure is a nice tombstone!
Cutting edge? Me? Well, anyway...I don't think FB represents an advance over blogging. It"s more an alternative track, a fork in the road. It just takes extra motivation and focus to stay on both paths simultaneously.
Glad you like the headstone. I wasn't totally happy with it, but it turned out OK.
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