Please Stop the Deluge
This is my first rant in a while.
Generally, I don’t like to waste my time complaining about things, but I’ve noticed more and more bloggers using their blog in ways that I feel are more appropriate to social media. Many people post every day or multiple times a day, deluging our inboxes and readers with borrowed photos, quotes of the day, writing challenges, and one line quips. I am not interested in those things. I want to hear about what’s in your heart, your purpose, how you plan to make a difference, or at least some good creative stories or poetry.
Nor is this trend the best use of a blog or planetary resources. If you have nothing more interesting or creative to post than quotes from other people, then get off WordPress and go play on social media. Social media is filled with trite quotes, regurgitated wisdom, pet photos, and the latest political and environmental disasters, along with endless ranting and raving (like this post!). I spend less and less time on social media due to this trend. And similarly, I’ve unfollowed some bloggers whose writing I enjoy who have gone down this path of torrential posting.
We all have limited time and bandwidth to devote to reading and writing, I implore you to write less often, focusing on quality, originality, and what’s in your heart. Write when you have something artful, heartfelt, or meaningful to say. Please don’t fill my inbox with empty words.
On a macro level, this excessive posting is reflective of our manic culture, obsessed with self, fame, attention, and consumption. We hunger for meaning and connection. but we seek it in the wrong places. All combining to overload our media and planet. Our planet is at a tipping point for environmental disaster. Similarly, we are at a tipping point with communication and connection. We are being overloaded with information, much of it unnecessary, distracting, or outright harmful, causing great unrest in our world. Discernment, focusing on what is most important, meaningful, and impactful, has become a critical life and online skill. And I realize the irony that this post does nothing to spread kindness or connection, which are my top values and what the world needs.
I hope more of us focus on quality, simplicity, and that which truly matters in our lives and blogs.
Thanks for reading my rant. You may now return to your regularly scheduled distractions. 🙂