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.