I am convinced more than ever that Facebook and Twitter have both conspired to fan the nasty flames of my blogging indolence. (And, yes, they’re also to blame for my heightened self-centeredness and paranoia.)
I woke up one dark morning and realized I could not write more than 140 characters at a time. Horrors!
Worse, any attempt at “long-distance” writing is frequently interrupted by the urge—nay, need—to check friends’ post so I can “like”, comment, retweet, or get lost following links to pictures, videos, articles, or what-not.
Don’t forget to punctuate with an apt emoticon: 🙂 😛 😀 ❤ or “hehe”, “haha”, or “huhu.” I don’t use “LOL”.
I have never been a consistent blogger to begin with, but since my love affair with social media’s mini-posts, the inconsistency has intensified to an alarming level.
Believe me, I have not taken the matter sitting down. Well, maybe I have, but only literally: I’ve sat in front of my computer many times in the past month attempting to break the blogging dry spell.
I struggled, despaired, and self-pitied (more than usual), only to churn out half-a-dozen drafts, each never maturing to more than a few sentences.
I’ve read articles—yes, picked up from friends’ FB and Twitter links—that bemoan or celebrate the way social networking media is dramatically changing the way humans (at least the chunk of humanity that has a modem) are thinking, learning, and relating. And writing!
Oh I feel the change.
See, this blog post even looks like a patchwork of Facebook status messages and tweets.
Woe is @aleks_tan.
Then again, maybe that’s the way to win the battle to regain blogging and “long-distance” writing momentum.
Think of each sentence or two as an independent mini-post.
Assemble and then hope the end product resembles something readable, understandable, even “like”-able.