Where does the time go?
Almost two months since my last post and I am left wondering why in the space of nearly sixty days that I found nothing blogworthy to share. Why the hiatus? Focus on career projects, some health issues in the extended family, and a dearth of inspired weekend projects have been the principal reasons why my blog has turned fallow, but I have to also consider the effects of other social channels.
While Facebook and Twitter lack persistence of content, I think they are extremely successful for two reasons.
1) The deliberately constrained short format makes it acceptable to share even the mundane. No pressure to craft something particularly compelling or worthy.
2) The viral nature of the network design increases the odds of interaction and response. This positive feedback encourages continued participation. Fundamental game theory.
I’m listening to these channels more, and participating randomly, most often either as a reaction to someone else. I find myself doing things I would have held in disdain a year ago. Recently, I felt it somehow satisfying to tweet that I felt old after shopping for clothes at the mall. While cathartic, this may be indicative of the lack of focus that these forms of social media are creating, compared to longer forms of expression like a blog.
I need to regain my voice and direction.