Maybe you think I quote Mimi Smartypants, my favorite blogger, too often. But, but … she says it so well:
Hello comrades. Let’s sneak one in under the wire so my archives page continues to look nice, with at least one entry a month. Good thing I didn’t follow the crowd and try to start a paid Substack thingy, huh? Because you sure would not be getting your money’s worth! I will just stay on the internet and give it away (give it away, give it away now).
I do wonder sometimes what the next thing will be. Blogs are mostly gone, no one can reasonably pay a whole bunch of fifty dollars-es per month for a wide variety of personal newsletters,* and the Instagram-influencer thing is increasingly considered a joke even by people who consume that kind of content. Something else must be just around the corner. WHAT WILL IT BE? I demand to know so I can make fun of it and then decline to participate, like the crabby Gen-Xer I am.
*I realize that lots are free, but there’s still like…a mental load? To getting an email, even a fun one, that you “have” to open and read? As opposed to just browsing around, wasting time on the internet, going to your favorite sites? I don’t know.
Yes, that. What she says. I like blogging. Expressing myself in words is its own reward, and for my purposes, writing a blog — giving it away on the internet — is the perfect solution. Paul’s Thing isn’t going anywhere.
I don’t know how many people read my blog. Maybe a couple of hundred. But would there be more than a dozen if I didn’t use social media to alert the world when I put up new posts? Up to now, that’s been my rationale for staying on Facebook. Say what you will about how stupid and awful Facebook has become, it’s usefulness as a giant bulletin board anyone can thumbtack notices to is hard to beat.
It’s no secret I want to split the blanket with Mark Zuckerberg’s data-mining empire. Now, after humiliating myself by falling for a crude Facebook phishing scam and spamming my entire roster of friends, more than ever. But wait, I keep telling myself, if I quit Facebook, how will anyone know when I’ve posted something new? Will my readership dry up and blow away?
Maybe not. I checked my friends list on Facebook just now: after the spamming incident, I’m down to 206. Over on Twitter, though, I have 391 followers on my main account, plus another 244 on my Eagle Bot account.
So what happens if I throttle back on Facebook and concentrate on Twitter? I’ll just note in passing that Mimi Smartypants posts updates to Twitter but not to Facebook. And she’s doing all right.
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