Nancy and I are both using the same writing prompts for NaBloPoMo, and people already have trouble telling us apart, so this might just feel like deja vu all over again for you lovely readers. Today's prompt is Five Problems with Social Media:
1. People act without considering the consequences - inappropriate photos, mean comments, etc. It's contributing to the death of civility.
2. The facade some people feel a need to create on social media make me sad. I hate reading feeds where everyone and everything is The Best and Absolutely Perfect - I know your life isn't like that 24/7, how about being human?
3. Some posts on social media are the opposite - they virtually shout "I need help!" across the Internet. I don't mind seeing this kind of post, but sometimes the posts are so frequent or extreme that they are alarming. When I see something like that and send a private message or email asking if things are all right and would you like to talk about it, not hearing back just ratchets my concern up about the person.
It seems I'm filming my life in order to have a life to film, like some primitive organism that somehow nourishes itself by devouring itself, growing as it diminishes.
Social media for a lot of people is very much like that, and most of those folks are not as introspective and thoughtful as Ross McElwee.
5. There is nothing more annoying that spending time with someone who is not 100% there because s/he is busy reading and posting on social media. Even worse - when you later see that the posts made while you were together suggest that you were having a whole lot more fun than you actually were.
So, that's my pet peeves. Now, here's another thing I'm doing this month - NaKniSweMo. This morning I went to knitting and started knitting a vest for El Esposo out of this lovely yarn:
That's 100% Soay yarn, bought directly from the farm. I'm not going to say too much about the yarn just yet because I want to go through the knitting process, including blocking, before I have an real opinion about it.
I think the jury is out about knitting next Sunday morning. The New England Fiber Festival is happening next weekend, and quite a few of the ladies seemed to be planning on going, so I may just have a morning of knitting on my own next Sunday. Next week is also the last week of El Esposo's soccer league, and I sort of want to go watch the game. So, file that under we will see, but there will be knitting.
In other news, after knitting and soccer, El Esposo and I ran some errands and cleaned out the basement. We filled five large bags with trash, filled the recycling bin, and have a few bags of old banks statements and such that need to be shredded. It was good to get rid of some of the clutter, and I think we will do more after our new furnace is installed. This is the second year of a whole house overhaul plan. Last year we had the house washed and painted and got new storm doors. This year, we got a new roof, and are getting a new furnace, a new hot water heater, and solar panels. Next year has to be the kitchen. I've got some holes in the kitchen floor where you can see the subfloor underneath, but that's going to have to wait until this other work is done. Still, it feels like we are gaining momentum, and that is an awesome feeling.