Creativity, Social Media, and Other News

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to my blog!

I started out blogging really well with biweekly posts that were interesting, but that stopped right around the time that I lost my tan from last summer and the rest of my energy to do anything. I feel like there is a store of energy in my body that gets charged by the sun throughout the summer and lasts until about mid February which has led me to the conclusion that

creative juices are solar powered.

We’ve had a few nice, sunny days at this point, but I just keep getting the “charging” notice when I try to switch on. I’m feeling a bit of a spark this morning, though, and I wanted to use it to send out an update to you all because I’ve been kind of mute on the internet lately.

First off, writing.

I’ve been powering through my lack of creativity, and let me tell you, I’m not going to do that again! I succeeded at writing 30,000 words: 30,000 boring, aimless words that I have mostly removed at this point. I’m really excited about my recent restart, though, and think things will move much quicker this time around because I’m actually excited about what I’m writing. Those creative juices, man. So important.

Everyone has been asking how things are going with the first book launch, and things have kind of plateaued, to be honest, but I expected that. I have a book signing May 10th (be sure to check out my facebook page for details if you’re local), and other than that, I’m just coasting along and enjoying the experience of sharing my beloved little world with everyone.

Other Life Updates

Britton and I are continuing to build our lawn care business that we started on the side last summer. Right now we’re planning on going full time. We’ll see how it goes.

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We found kittens in the barn! I just HAD to share a picture here – they’re so adorable.

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Finally, my social media musings.

I’m sticking this at the end because it doesn’t really fit with the “life updates” theme of the rest of this post. I just had some random thoughts I needed to write out and figured I might as well share them.

If you hadn’t guessed, I struggle with depression and anxiety like so so many people these days. It’s always the worst in the winter, and it hits most often in a form of deep, stabbing loneliness. I recognize that it isn’t really connected to being alone and can come no matter how much or little I’m actually connecting with people.

Anyway, that has led me to think about how we connect with each other and how that is changing in the “age of the internet.” I’ve heard people talk about how, because of the internet, we aren’t connecting with each other face-to-face, and that that is making us forget how to interact with one another and isolating us. I think the problem is one step deeper, though, and I’m wondering if isolation didn’t come first and then social media was born out of necessity.

Our way of life these days is not really conducive to community. Now that people work and go to school away from their homes and their families and their geographical communities, lives are compartmentalized. People can work alongside their coworkers every day without really knowing them and live with a family that they aren’t able to spend very much time with.

The problem started with the industrial revolution. When men started taking jobs away from home, the job of keeping in touch with the community fell to their wives. When women joined the workplace 50 or 60 years ago, naturally occurring community was lost for the majority of people.

I think we all have a deep desire to share our lives and our experiences with one another. For me, at least, sharing an experience with someone else is part of what makes that experience meaningful. Being able to share my life with someone makes my life meaningful. Social media came along as the band-aid to the real problem. It was an outlet to share our lives with one another without taking up time that we didn’t have or taking us away from our homes that we spent so little time at already. The thing about band-aids, though, is that they can prevent the wound underneath from healing if they’re kept on too long.

If we didn’t have social media, would we be moving more quickly towards a better solution to our culturally driven isolation? 

I don’t know. And I can’t imagine what that solution might be, either. I just know that identifying the problem is important, and looking past social media to figure out why we’re not interacting in a more fulfilling way in the first place (due to lack of time and energy or some other reason) might be helpful.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading, and I hope to write to you all again soon!

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