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Retrospective

Retrospective
Hmmm, how apropos for the last WordPress prompt. I guess I could have predicted that’s what it would be if I would have thought about it a little.

I’ve had various blogs over the years. The first one was started in 2009. I started it when I was living in Las Vegas. I didn’t know anything about blogs back then. I still really don’t, but that’s beside the point. At least I’ve learned a few things about them. That first blog is lost in the internet ether somewhere. I couldn’t find it if I wanted to. That was 2 computers, 4 laptops, 2 Kindles, 3 phones, and one iPad ago. Not to mention countless emails.

Back in the day, one of my posts on another blog was featured for about a week. That got me quite a few followers. Some of them normal. Some of them kind of psycho. You know, the people who want to be your best friend and ask questions about every post you do. When a blog got too complicated I would just start a new one. Different email address, new blog, new start.

I had one blog where I posted the Final Jeopardy question and answer every day. That got me a lot of hits. Sometimes, almost 5000 in one one day. But then, you get the weird comments. Some of them angry. Admonishing me for posting the answer when they hadn’t seen the show yet. Hey, it’s not my fault you googled it and my post showed up. That’s like googling naked people and getting pissed when a boob shows up. Seriously, ugh. So, I stop doing that after a while. Sure, I could have disabled the comments. I didn’t. That’s on me.

When I discovered the daily prompt, I was excited. Back in he day it used to be a whole sentence question, not just one word. All these years later, and it’s still the same few hundred people doing it. Or at least linking to it.

I think I like the one word prompt better. You can make it anything. A poem, a thought, a reflection, a photo, a whole dang book. Sometimes people would actually read your post. Sometimes, they would just like it without even looking at it. You know those people.

Now that’s it’s ending (new posts anyway), I’m going to have to make more of an effort. Sure, I’ll probably go back and do the Archives thing, but that’s like picking up a book and starting to read it from the middle.

But, you know, I got over the whole MySpace totally changing and becoming that thing it is now. Remember the old MySpace? That was my first social media experience. That’s where I learned a little about HTML, and how to make a link. It was a great place to experiment with page format. I still have friends on Facebook that I met there. I hardly ever go on it, but they’re still there. A link to the past. Honestly, I detest Facebook. It’s like having everyone you’ve ever known in one room. I don’t relate to everyone on the same level, so it gets really complicated. Plus, people want to comment on the most mundane things. You post a picture of the sky, and they want to lecture you about chemtrails and post all kinds of conspiracy theory links. Like I have time for that. Just push the like button and go away. The last time I saw you was 1973. I had no idea you’d turn out to be a nuisance.

I must admit, WordPress is the most intelligent of the posting sites. I look at other people’s stuff and feel like a big fat inferior idiot. How are they so smart? On Instagram and Tumblr I feel completely confident. On WordPress I feel like an idiot. Like I need a Phd just to keep up. I think I feel that way because I’m not blog specific. I don’t really talk about stuff I’m really proficient in; like juggling, drumming, music literature, etc. I’m more random. I get bored concentrating on just on thing.

But that’s just my own insecurities. I do have some. My narcissism only goes so far.

So yeah, I guess I’ve retrospected enough.

Ps. Maybe I should have just written a poem instead. A haiku. I would have been done an hour ago.

…and my laundry’s done.

5 thoughts on “Retrospective

  1. I enjoyed your post. You said: “I don’t relate to everyone on the same level, so it gets really complicated.” That is so true and I think that’s the reason I don’t care for facebook. That and all those sill reposts.

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  2. Loved this post…I have been blogging for just over my month…complete newbie…wondering what is going to happen now that The Daily Post are disappearing. I really enjoyed your post…it spells out so many thoughts that have run through my mind. I have often posted a story and found a couple of people have liked it within seconds…I am convinced they could not possibly have read the story. I guess they are just giving me a thumb’s up but don’t have time or inclination to read.
    Nevermind…I am glad of the support that has come in any form. But it was so much fun to read of your experiences.

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    1. Thanks. I’m glad you liked it. I think that some people just scroll down and push the like button. I started this blog not too long ago. I had backed off for a while. Well, on blogs that people could see anyway. I have the private one that is just for personal miscellany. I still have that weird feeling about people reading my stuff.

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