I’ve been waiting for months to say this while a “friend” has indirectly attacked my blogging style. This morning, she gave me the opening I’ve been looking for.
I hope we’ve all noticed by now that everyone approaches their online identity in different ways. Some of us like to write long diatribes about their life. Some of us like to post short updates just to catch up our friends. Some of us like to share and talk about pictures or videos. Some of us have such a wide online presence that we prefer to post one place and then let it share everywhere so people don’t necessarily have to subscribe to a million services just to follow us.
That’s part of what makes the web so nice. You can post something and have it show up multiple places. You can write however you like and express yourself. You can follow conventions, or you can do what works for you.
Take me, for example. I like to experiment, see what works for me and what doesn’t. As a result, I am spread hither, thither, and yon, but I have friends and family who aren’t very tech-savvy so they want to be able to keep up with everything easily. As a result, I have certain things set up so they can do just that.
Unfortunately, I’m lacking a bit on my own tech-savvy (and just don’t have the time to figure it all out), so I am still hand-posting blog entries to both MySpace and LiveJournal. I do have a method of sorts for doing this so that I update one right behind the other, but it doesn’t always happen and I end up dropping six months of MySpace posts into LiveJournal in a single shot.
Eventually, I aspire to have the MySpace posts cross-post themselves, but I just haven’t managed it yet.
Because I just catch up everything when I have time, someone decided that I was deliberately shutting her out of my life (keep in mind we’re also friends on MySpace…or were last time I looked) by posting all these things she could only see after I post them (it’s called the backdate feature. Useful for keeping things in order when you slack off like I do.) and so she whined about that. She was actually convinced I was posting them either privately or to some friends group she wasn’t in, and then going back and making them public afterwards. (Like anyone has time for that!) Then she got upset that my posts were all Twitter (because I was failing to get everything posted in a timely manner from MySpace). She actually held a poll to decide whether or not she should unfriend me because my updates were all from Twitter.
I realize my life’s not all that interesting, and is so beyond my control these days that I can’t manage to get things working the best way possible, but honestly… We’re all different. We all express ourselves differently. If you can’t cope with the fact I’m never going to conform to your narrow view on how this should all work, then I wish you well in your future endeavors.
(Yep, I’m a horrible person. And I really don’t care at the moment.)