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January 20, 2019

Why I am still a blogger & some ramblings

'hello, i'm an alien'
Sad news — my Instagram was not hacked. It's very upsetting because if it had been hacked, someone would have updated it and I wouldn't have to. I don't know what happened. I stopped posting at Instagram for a few weeks and now I really just don't want to do it anymore. If I could, I would probably just post links to my blog but you can't make links plus it's kind of strange to link to your blog from Instagram or any other social media as it almost feels a bit backward somehow. And also, I really just don't know about replying to comments — it's all bunched together in the same space and maybe I should reply to them but I don't know. I have no excuses, I'm just lazy. I think now I'm a bit more anti-social media than I thought or perhaps I have always been this way. Here's a little list of my social media history:

Twitter – I quitted that due to not being able to post fast enough or maybe because I hate how hard it is to actually know who's who when everyone is so quick.

Pinterest – I quitted that as well. It's more of a place to gather image resources but kind of hard to use since they demand you sign in just to view a page and I'm never in the habit of staying signed into Pinterest and also, it's very, very, very hard to find the original link to any artwork/photo/idea because one person pin something and the whole world pins it but no one knows where the original comes from.

Facebook – I've never tried it but I was tempted to join but decided it's not for me. I honestly cannot look at a facebook page for long without feeling a bit backward because I think the design is a bit archaic and also, it keeps asking me to sign in which annoys me so much that I usually close the browser window after a few moments.

So it's not quite a history since I didn't really do much. I guess you can say, I really am a bit anti-social media. Is there a cure for this?

I just read this post at Offbeat YA about bloggers being artists and crafters and I agreed with Roberta. We as bloggers create content and unlike social media, we don't have to conform to a certain format of presenting it. That is, we can add our own distinction, our own little touches. I'm not saying you can't do it with social media, I'm just saying it's a bit harder to distinguish yourself when you have to move at a faster speed. That's what I get from social media — you don't go at your own speed even if it appears that you do. I guess in this instance, I'm slower than most people. Slower to respond to replies and comments, it's why you sometimes see my replies to comments here on this blog a week late. (Read Roberta's post here.)

So what's the point of all of this? Just that, instead of trying out social media, maybe I should just stick to blogging. Blogging is really, truly, my only preferred platform. Whatever else I quit, I seem to always return to blogging. I have been blogging for a long while and have only quitted about two million times but I'm still blogging and in a few years, I'll announce my retirement from blogging and then a few days afterward, I'll start to blog. Again.

And now some shameless promotion:

click on image to go to the shop
In other news, the error at my society6 shop is apparently a copyright thing – that is, they believed I have violated some copyright issue but I see a lot of famous people artworks. In fact, when I searched for that same person on Society6, 50 pages of artwork with that same person shows up – what the hell is that mean? Shouldn't all these works be taken down too? I didn't want to deal with this so I decided to take the piece down and will not post the other art pieces with famous people either.

I did promise myself that I would promote the shop nonetheless. So here's a promote shout out and read this with exclamation marks even when I didn't put one in: Visit 'the tea rain girl' shop and buy prints. And get nothing extra but you will have prints! Well, the ones you will have purchased anyway. Yay for art! Go shop here.

13 comments:

  1. Maybe blogging is good for introverts?

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    1. I think so too. yeah for introverts & introvert bloggers.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  2. Awwww - thank you! I didn't expect a shout-out.

    I only ever tried Facebook (my page was in Italian, I wasn't really connecting with anyone in a meaningful way, everybody seemed to talk talk talk and not listen, so I quit after a few weeks) and Twitter. Now, I like Twitter, but I suppose it's because I found my niche (book bloggers) and because I'm very laid back about it - if I feel like talking I do, if I don't I simply scroll down my friends' (or favourite authors/artists/shows') tweets...plus, the brevity prevents people to get on their soapbox (though one can always write a string of tweets of course, but in that case, you know if the topic interests you or not from the very first one, and you don't find yourself intimidated by a huge block of text). I don't feel like I have to post quickly or to know who's who. I use Twitter as an advertising place (so to speak) for my new posts, but also tweet about things that occur to me from time to time, and thanks to lists, I'm always abreast of what my closest friends are up to without scrolling like a madwoman. Of course, though, I wouldn't have signed up for Twitter if I didn't have a blog. We keep coming to the blog, don't we? I see you're posting more lately (I actually bookmarked some of your posts to comment on them later, since I'm always pressed for time), so if deserting social media leads to more blogging/crating art productivity, if it does work for you, it's great, and you don't need anything else.

    BTW, sorry for that Society6 issue - it doesn't seem right. Maybe someone reported you for whatever reason?

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    1. "crating art"

      Sorry, of course I meant "crafting"...

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    2. I just think some people, like you, knows just how to use twitter, for me, I don't quite know how to get into it.

      crating/crafting - I did know what you meant, but it's nice of you to make corrections. I do it all the time so it's no big deal.

      thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  3. I'm glad you'll still be blogging :-) I will too even though I don't see the point some days considering how much mine is dwindling. But it's still my favourite way to be online. I miss all the wonderful creative women who used to blog but never do any more.

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    1. I also miss a lot of those wonderful bloggers, women bloggers, have you notice there seems to be more female bloggers than male or perhaps I just seems to gravitate towards them. I'm glad you're still blogging too.

      thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  4. Blogging is my only social media. And my introverted self loves it here. I can communicate with others and step away if I feel overwhelmed without offending anyone.

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    1. you have expressed my exact thoughts.

      thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  5. Beautiful artwork as always Lissa. I've never done twitter, love instagram, and Facebook is great for being connected to family on the other side of the world.

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    1. I don't think you have missed out on not joining twitter. still testing out instagram but I'll likely ditch that. I think facebook is not for everyone, certainly, not for me.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  6. I prefer blogging, it's a nice comfortable way of communicating with others without leaving the house and plenty of time to formulate posts and replies to comments. I never even tried any of the other social media sites.

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    1. I don't think you're missing anything not trying out social media. I do think blogging is a form of social media, just not quick or easy.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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- Kurt Vonnegut