This is the first time I’ve a ‘year in review’ from WordPress, and while it’s not exactly original material on my part, I love a good infographic. Truly, I never knew I needed to know how cable cars my blog equaled until this moment. WordPress also decided to inform me that my best posts were all written before 2014, which suggests I need to up my game. Nothing I didn’t already know. My writing has become kind of narrow of late, and I’ve probably had a lack of enthusiasm for social media topics in the past few months.
It doesn’t help that social media has been deeply depressing to me of late. Gamergate hit twitter like a nuclear bomb of sheer incomprehensible hatred, and, rather like nuclear fallout, continued to stick around as a constant Geiger counter pinging of nastiness. I wrote a number of blog drafts on it that I didn’t want to publish, partly out of the sense of self-preservation but mostly because I had no idea where to start. I do have some ideas about how the internet can create an echo chamber where it’s very easy to believe only your views are right because everyone you interact with agrees with you, which is a very sad thought to me – I have always believed that one of the greatest things about the internet is being exposed to new perspectives on the world.
Ferguson happened, and I actually wrote a post on some of the social media based reporting of the riots that I then never publicised or boosted in any way, since I’m all too aware of being a distant bystander in difficult events, I want to help and to sympathise, but I have no right to impose my views above those that the events really affect. Not that I’m in any way claiming my blog has a great impact on the world, it doesn’t. It’s more the principle of the matter. I think that was a good lesson for me to learn, that having an opinion doesn’t necessarily make it an important or useful opinion, and you shouldn’t act as such.
So, looking forward to 2015? I’m not setting any goals for this blog, I won’t make promises I can’t keep! But it’s the first of January and I woke up this morning and decided to write a short story based on a creepy cava-fueled dream I had about cyborg implants, so I can’t help feeling this year is off to a good start as far as random short-lived bouts of creativity are concerned, and it bodes well for good blog ideas in the near future. Here’s to a new year in blogging! (Possibly! Hopefully!)
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.