New Year, New Decade

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to see the back of the 2010’s, possibly one of the ugliest decades since the world wide web launched. It brought out some of the worst in human nature and turned social media into anti-social media. Adult, rational, intelligent discussion became a thing of the past. You can now ruin someone’s life, make people afraid to offer an opinion and drive them off the Net all from the comfortable anonymity of the device of your choice.

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my online presence and what I want to do during this new decade. I’m hoping the ugliness of the past one has made other people as disgusted as I am and initiate a return to a more tolerant and frankly saner world online. One can always hope. I’m totally old school when it comes to blogs. I don’t begrudge anyone who is making a living from their blog or site. I know its hard work, but I want to return to the days when a blog post wasn’t a product review or sales pitch. There are still sites out there that offer a more personal approach, posts that are a slice of someone’s life, often relatable and frankly, a pleasure to read. You can talk to the author and other readers of the blog via the comments. I’ve made friends I never met this way, though most of them have disappeared online, not happy with the direction things took.

With that in mind, I won’t be spending much time any more on Twitter or Instagram. I want to concentrate on blogging and have re-discovered how much I enjoy Pinterest.

Offline I have plans for some more home improvements and I’m really looking forward to the Spring and the opportunity to get back into the garden again.

So Happy New Year and here’s to a gentler new decade.

2 thoughts on “New Year, New Decade

  1. Lynne Ellis-Smith

    Hey look, Ali! You’re actually showing up in my Blogger feed!

    I’ve been really lucky during my time online in that I’ve never had any negative comments directed my way. But there are people I follow who I know have, and it’s really sad. As you say, it’s very easy to ruin someone’s life and make them question their life’s purpose from the anonymity of your chosen device. So I too have spent the last couple of days searching to see who’s still writing blogs and am looking forward to spending time getting reacquainted with those of us who are still out here!

    I never did get into Twitter – mostly because I don’t think I could keep my comments down to however many characters it is you’re limited to! You might be a little disgusted with Pinterest if you haven’t been on in a while … there are a ton of useless ads on there. I keep getting one about what happens if you don’t shower regularly. I’m not sure why I’m getting that – it’s little disconcerting. lol

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    1. Alison Post author

      Hi Lynne. I’ve not been targeted either online, but I know people who have and of course have read about many others. Trial by social media, I call it. The ad thing has infested all the platforms unfortunately, but I think in order for them to be free to use, they need the revenue from the advertisers. Personally, I would be happy to pay a small subscription fee to keep things ad-free, but I suspect I’m in the minority!

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