As my Followers will know, I enjoy posting the funny or off-the-wall side of most situations. Occasionally, however, I use the amusing to suggest a more serious and nuanced side to life and even, Heaven forfend, wax philosophical about the realities that the slings and arrows of misfortune bring on ordinary people. I share my perspective on a number of blogs and sites that proffer challenges to respond to words or photos as themes and, of course, I post various types of writing on my site. Unlike many participants on these blog challenge sites, I take the time to read every contribution and comment helpfully and encouragingly where I can.
Here are some of the things that I have discovered both from the comments and the yawning silences on blog posts by me and others:
- Any mention of death, except in the most of sentimental terms, is, well …. death.
- Any suggestion of a sexual orientation other than heterosexual is taboo.
- People of colour rarely post and/or are rarely mentioned (ethnic Indians being the main exception).
- The default response to any current prompt is overwhelmingly a woe-is-me cliché-ridden variation on Covid-19.
- Facebook has trained people to hit Like and leave it at that, which could mean anything from ‘I read it’ to ‘Shakespeare, eat your heart out’.
- Despite whatever prompt challenge may have been set, some will post something entirely unrelated they feel compelled to share or a cut-and-paste from their current ‘novel’ featuring fairies, unicorns or androids in a dystopian future and/or ‘I know this is a site for writing but I just thought I’d let you know I have cancer.’
- Blog hosts will never enforce the rules they have set for contributions.
- Why bother to email your friends when you can use a blog site as a public private chat room and fill up subscribers’ email alerts?
I know this post will upset some but learning comes from discomfort. Besides, I’d love to hear from you about blogs and sites that you think are worth following.