Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I Tried

True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it passes by.

B. S. Bouton
Well, I tried. I set aside the day to read and respond to all the blogs on my list. I started in the morning, by late afternoon I had quit the scene. It's an utter useless waste of time, a futility.

In almost every case after I've written a comment I have to log in to Google and then do it again. If the comment is accepted by Google I'm lucky. In most cases it was not accepted and I had to go to an email address, if I had one, which I usually didn't, to leave the comment. I wrote a very nice comment to the essay by Thought Bubble Ten and Google simply deleted it. The frustration level has gone beyond the acceptable point.

What happened? It used to be so simple and enjoyable keeping in touch with people. I didn't mind if I read about their gardens or their grandchildren or their pets. Google has made it impossible. I never even got close to the blogs of people I hear from all the time, my regular friends.

Everything began to fall apart when Jland went down. Now we have Facebook with it's one liners, Twitter with it's limited abilities. And I have to log in to those whenever I open one of them up to read or write. And if I leave an entry on Facebook I have to decipher their stupid code words first.

It's as if these systems are designed to discourage me and cut me out. Does anyone else feel that way?

So here's what I'm going to do, my defense. I'm going to delete my entire list of blog users, all 89 of them, and from now on include on my list only those people who write to me. And if I have emails, and if Google won't let me leave comments on your blog, you'll hear from me by mail. This won't affect my regular email buddies.

What a blessed relief it will be. It's all part of spring cleaning, I guess.

Never give up.

(This is not a contest)

Come on. 11 diverse and interesting answers so far. Where's yours?

NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.

Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?

I eagerly await your answer.



Big Mark 243 said...

I am not that big a fan of either Facebook or Twitter, though I must confess to having a presence on both outlets. Of the two, I 'facebook' more than I 'tweet', but I do find them both to be limiting and self-aggrandizing.

When it comes to comments left and blogs that I choose to read regularly, it is often hit or miss. I really miss the JLand alert function, with notice of entries coming to an email address. The Dashboard sometimes can be too cluttered.

I don't mind that I read blogs who may never reciprocate the favor by reading and commenting on mine. It may be 'me', but I am cool with that. I don't mind reading and involving myself with another person's journal because I like them even if they may not necessarily 'like' me or my journal.

As to comment issues, Ken told me about Google Chrome and that is how my issues were resolved. It is a free download and since I have been using it to log into blogger, I have not had any troubles. See if that helps.

Arlene (AJ) said...

Like you and others I feel Jland and was truly sorry to see that taken away from all of us. Foreget Facebook or Twitter, I just can't be bothered with that. When I hear from you or another friend, I'm delighted, but like everyone, I know we can't all be hearing from each other every day or none of us would get anything done. I love the computer, but accept their is more to life than being on it around the clock, just not my cup of tea. You hang in there DB.

Geo. said...

Well, I'm not on Facebook or Twitter and I don't know what Jland is but hope you continue to comment on my blogs. I've had inquiries about the articulate DB from other subscribers. Also, I trust you still have my email address.

mrs. miss alaineus said...

i set up a schedule where i only read certain blogs on certain days and i don't always comment. i do love your musings (you are are on my FRIDAY list) and i beseech you to carry on in the face of technology overload-


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

I use goolge reader and it really makes it much easier.