I have written over 7,000 stories on the ‘net since early 1990s, not counting the lost old messages on alt.bbs.whatever.
Before the days of Twitter and Facebook, a few whining paragraphs made a story on my blog. Since every one had his/her own blog, the online world was quite “decentralized”.
When you want to respond to something, you visit a particular blog and leave a carefully crafted message; and you might find a string of people responding to the same story and formed a mini conversation or even a party.
Then there came social networks. People are herded as “friends” and became centralized on a timeline. Timeline flows and washes messages and comments away like there’s nothing important.
It’s now easier to respond to a message and you don’t even have to write a word since a 👍 is all you need.
We reply, we respond, we give thumbs or clapping, but we are not making as many “intellectual conversations” as before.
After some clean-up, my 7,000 stories went down to around 2,000 with relatively substantial contents.
One of the reasons I could write so many was that I made a lot of intellectual conversations, and I was always able to find news topics from them and have a healthy dose of stimulation from my readers, so I kept writing almost everyday.
Now I follow the Facebook and Twitter timelines, subscribe to about 100 blogs and news sites; but I have a feeling that I was dragged by topics and news, not exchange of ideas.
This is not good. I need conversations, stimulations and passion to churn out meaningful, inspiring stuff.
In my blogsphere, I am still one of the most diligent writers in Taiwan. People either make short bursts on Facebook or become media writers as blogging is already passé.
Hardly a conversation. How regrettable. Make one anyone?