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March 6, 2019

seven things : thank you for being social

"I would always rather be happy than dignified." - Charlotte Bronte

01/ My occasional thought about blogging is why do I still bother blogging? Why not take the easy way out and quit? I do sort of quit about several times a week because I feel like a slacker when I don't post often but I just can't make myself actually quit... And sometimes it just seems like there's no point in blogging anymore. And yet, I carry on because I like blogging. I like having a place to talk about stuff or show off my art or just to say I'm still around. I have joined in more memes and blog events and prompts and I think that's really the easiest way to blog when you don't feel like it.

02/ I admit I'm not a very social person and social media is about being social so I guess it's why I'm so bad at it. So I have given up on Instagram it seems. I haven't posted since January. I just don't know anymore. I don't even know like to respond to comments because they are not separated and I hate doing that @person'sname and reply to a message. Okay, I've been a bit lazy about responding and reciprocating but I suppose this is why I can't do social media all that well and then I sort of thought...meh, I've already been forgotten so why bother responding? I will have to rethink on this but in the meantime — there are no instagram updates (& I even move the link to the hello page).  (For those of you who have left me lovely comments on my Instagram page, thank you and I hope you aren't mad at me for not responding.)

03/
Firefox (which I use as my main browser) keeps asking me to update. There is no setting to make it not check for updates which you used to be able to do. So now every time it asks if I want to update, I just click no because it makes me angry and my rebel mind doesn't want to update like some strange revenge. I'm sure I'll have to update eventually but I just see no reason whatsoever.

So now I don't bother to update anything because every time I update something, they remove useful features. I mean why would I update just to get something removed? I know some features nobody uses but it just seems kind of stupid to remove features people use a lot. So maybe I'm the only one stuck in my ways but shouldn't you improve instead of remove?

04/ Not that I used Flickr now but it's still a shame that you are set a limited of free storage for your photos and if you want more storage, you have to pay for it. My one and only experience with Flickr is when I sort of stored some images there just to test it out. I got some people following me and I went and stupidly clicked on any link of my followers and one of them is some dude posting some, well, someone's very private body part. The prude in me quickly try to close the page and escape from it and click on some suggested kitty photos. Even in life drawing class, I was at least prepared to see a naked man but this is just some very grossly in your face closeups of one man's whatever and it totally freaked me out. I turned off the images in my browser (which you can do back then without fail but these days, it seems impossible) and I reported it or at least I clicked on some option about reporting about inappropriate mages but I doubt it did anything. And it's not like I want to go back and check. This of course makes me believe no one is monitoring what people are posting and I'm sure it's still the same thing now even when they make you pay to store/post your images.

05/ If you don't know, my daytime job is being a graphic designer which means I make things look good which is my usual respond to what I actually do - it is somewhat half accurate. But it's a very frustrating job because the designs I come with gets rejected or changed or mutated to the point that if I wasn't involved in the project, it wouldn't have made much difference. Unless you are a very patient person and can follow dumb directions, it's not a very worthy career choice. My other choice was advertising which I didn't go for because it would be ten times as frustrating.

Pleasing people is more the accurate description of being a graphic designer because even if you're the one who thought up the design, the client's input, however stupid, is more important and whatever changes they want, it will be done even if you don't agree. Most of the time, most designs turned out somewhat halfway decent and halfway to being the other way around because in a way, there's not just one designer (ie, you), there's two, there's you and there's the client. But it's not all bad. It can be really nice because you kind of make something presentable and they can be sometimes considered quite a lovely piece of art but those instances are very rare. Whatever you do, don't ask a graphic designer (me, mostly) to design something using Word application.

06/ I'm not a minimalist but I like to live simply with less. I've stopped buying clothes, well, not really. More like, I have stopped buying clothes that I don't need. I think having less clothes is better and I also realized I do not wear what I have been purchasing. And I have stopped buying a lot of other stuff as well. I suppose since most of my favorite shops are closed, it's really quite easy but then again, there is online shopping which is quite hard to resist because it's a very nice thing to have your stuff deliver to you rather you going to get them. I suppose my lazy self really like that.

07/ I still don't like comment moderation. The idea of having my comments being approved as if I, as a reader, don't quite have the permission to speak freely. So it's not about freedom of speech but about controlling spam. If I see spams in my comment sections, I would just delete them but since my blog is not that popular, I rarely have spam problems but I have noticed that wordpress gets more spam or at least, some people's blog has those little notice where they list how much spam is blocked.

Maybe it's just a silly thing to complain about comment moderation but I really just like to see my comment so I can see if I need to make corrections because I don't like seeing mistakes in my comments and to correct it a week later sort of defeats the purpose of commenting. I don't always remember what I wrote or even where I post comments. Of course, there is such thing as previewing your comment but that only works for some blogs. But the one thing I dislike most is when I click on the submit button, the page refreshes but I don't know if the comment got through or not because there is no notice. (And some blogs does not tell you if they are moderating comments.) So most of the time, you really do not know if your comments are sitting in some void waiting to being moderated or they just disappeared into thin air.

What's on your mind today?

16 comments:

  1. I wrote a long, eloquent answer. It disappeared when I hit publish :( Here's the essence minus eloquence.
    I do agree with you on almost all accounts. But I still have the option not to have Firefox update and use it - because why mend what is not broken, and break a thing or two that works OK in the process. They also always remove at least one thing I use at every update ;) I even do not update Windows but very seldom and after much studying of updates.
    I too have a suffering Instagram account, mostly suffering from 1. my lack of smartphone, (my posting of photos is wholly at the grace of two of my sons with smartphones) 2. my forgetting to read and comment anything at all. I too will go on blogging until either nobody reads a blog any more, or my eyes are getting too bad to see what I write and no moderation - only an occasional delete of obscene Russian posts. .

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    1. that happens to me sometimes too- comments just disappear and no idea how it happened.

      I do update but it's just that I've updated it only couple of weeks ago and now there's another update, I just think they could have spaced it out a little longer.

      I had used my computer to post at instagram and that has limited functions which I suppose it's one reason I don't post as much. I forget all the time to check if anyone left a comment because I have turned off email notice or I think I did, who can remember.

      I'm with you on blogging, I'll keep doing it no matter what.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  2. Being a Graphic designer sounds like being an interior designer in a way, or that is what I imagine. The client's the customer that you have to please.

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    1. exactly but maybe an interior designer probably gets more said.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  3. Comment moderation doesn't bother me, I'd rather do that than have to scroll past lots of spam comments to get to the box where I can add my comment.
    Perhaps you could read your comments carefully to check for mistakes before you hit publish? or maybe you worry too much and we don't care if you spell something wrong because at least you are commenting.

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    1. I guess I'm just picky but I hate seeing mistakes.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  4. I love that picture - is it yours? Can I borrow? And there is always something interesting here. I don't moderate - but I agree when comments disappear on other blogs when other methodologies are in place to deal with them and it's like wearing two pairs of underwear with 2 levels of moderation. Annoying.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. that picture is my creation. if you like to use it on your blog or social media, please give me credit or point a link to my blog.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  5. Quote: "So now every time it asks if I want to update, I just click no because it makes me angry and my rebel mind doesn't want to update like some strange revenge. I'm sure I'll have to update eventually but I just see no reason whatsoever."
    Haha, I hear you about the rebel mind. Also, sometimes I can't understand what the developers' concept of "improving" things is. They usually end up axing useful stuff and adding features that no one is interested in...but maybe they think they're being creative 🙄.

    The Flickr incident is disturbing, to say the least. And I didn't know you were a graphic designer...but boy, it sucks that your work has to be mutilated like that. Of course the client's input is necessary, but they should know to trust the person who does the job for them. It's very frustrating when you are an artist of some kind, and you have to compromise so much you hardly recognise your original idea...

    I moderate my comments because, no matter how small a blog, spam always finds a way to filter within, and I don't want to deal with it...I'm lazy LOL. But I hear you about editing. I usually only realise I made a mistake after I see my writing posted, no matter how many times I perused it before hitting Send. I suppose it's like a new and improved Murphy's law - "if a post/comment/Tweet/etc. can have a mistake in it, it will" 😂.

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    1. That law exists, it's called Muphry's law ;) Goes something like: No matter how many times or how diligent you proof read, The first thing you notice in a book (or comment) you just published, is an error.

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    2. @Roberta R: actually some updates are necessary because of security but since I've recently update firefox, I just don't want to update again so soon.

      that flickr business, I read someone else had that same experience a year or two ago so I don't know, maybe it's the same guy or someone different, honestly, it's kind of dangerous clicking on unknown links.

      I get what you mean on moderating, I think it's easier to just moderate instead of checking comments.

      I don't might mistakes as long as I can fix them - okay, so it's not possible but I sort of got used to fixing my mistakes that sometimes it's hard not to try to correct it.

      thanks for visiting, have a lovely day.

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      @Uglemor: yep, it's true. I do try sometimes to just let things go but it's kind of hard.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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    1. I'm glad that you do, sometimes I think it's hard to post anything that people can relate to just because we are so different.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  7. I've cut down on buying clothes and a lot of other things as well. One thing I am buying more of is arty stuff: colored pencils and markers, fountain pens, stickers, rubber stamps, bits and pieces to decorate the bulletin board behind my desk. I've cut back on social media too. I gave up Twitter and my Flickr account, and I'm posting to mostly closed groups on Facebook. I had a long blogging break, but I'm back at it again, I'm becoming quite brave about posting my creative efforts. Thanks for your encouragement Lissa!

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    1. I love art supplies and notebooks, I think if we have them around, it sort of give us some urge or desire to create.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  8. I like comment moderation for anything over a few days old as otherwise I'm likely not to see the comment and will miss it altogether. This helps me not miss things.

    "Whatever you do, don't ask a graphic designer (me, mostly) to design something using Word application."
    --So true, as are your other comments. I did graphic design because I was always good at art and won the yearly art prize at school but was pretty rubbish at most other things. Well, I did well enough at English actually which I also enjoy. As it is, I've had a good career but am finding that as I get older, my experience seems to count for less and less. I hate that all people want is that you are up to date on all the latest software and now a lot of jobs require designers to also be videographers which is crazy! I am not one of those. I'm a designer!! llol

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