I just received a notification from WordPress that my blog turns 10 years old today. I had no idea that today was such a special day. I took the time to go and look at the blog summary and found that I have posted nearly 4000 times over those 10 years. Again, this seems almost impossible to me, and yet here it is.
Call it serendipity, but I just wrote another post and speculated if this blog was going to continue for much longer. I still don’t have the answer to that, but at least I have a much better idea about what I would be giving up if I decide that it is time to retire Dreamer’s World in the future. To know that so much time and effort has gone into this gives me a sense of perspective about the blog, and about life.
For all my faults and periods of inactivity, Dreamer’s World means a lot to me. It isn’t the whole story of my life over these last 10 years, but it is the portion that I have chosen to share with the rest of the world. I hope that there are a handful of people who have gotten a laugh, or an inspiration, from Dreamer’s World over these last 10 years.
Occasionally, Snoopy And The Gang present me with exactly the right sentiment that matches what I am feeling. Today is one of those days, although it is slightly out of phase.
“Happiness Is A Friendly Tweet” was the sentiment that caught my eye and drew me in. However, I would state that there were very few “friendly tweets” when I was using Twitter until just over a year ago. I always found Twitter to be a platform for people to be rude and unpleasant to one another, a competition to see who could create the most clever putdown using 140 characters or less in response to someone who managed to start some argument online.
When I left Twitter, just like when I left Facebook, I didn’t make the grand announcement and present a lost of grievances to the world at large about why I was leaving. I just realized that it was time for me to move on with my life and leave the adolescent bullshit behind. I simply deleted my accounts (much more complicated than it sounds) and started life anew.
Sometimes I still miss Twitter for the news updates, but it was impossible (at least for me) to avoid all the unpleasant and unnecessary bullshit that went along with it. There might have been two people who actually communicated with me via Twitter, but that became so routine that it didn’t hurt to let it go.
140 characters are far too limiting for someone who longs to write, that is why my blog is the last social media element to survive my purge. I need to make a better effort to work on this blog, but I suppose that I have to consider the possibility that it might go away at some point in the future. The key is that I am in control of the technology, rather than letting it control me.