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Sunday, July 20, 2014


Text on the Net used to be Power ...

     Ah, like in 2006.  But today?

But we live in an age of multimedia and reading requires effort. Effort that could be spent looking at cute photos. Or watching cute videos. - See more at:
But we live in an age of multimedia and reading requires effort. Effort that could be spent looking at cute photos. Or watching cute videos. - See more at:
I mean, reading requires, like you know ...

Effort and stuff. 

I get headaches if I read more than 43 characters in a row and all.

And reading takes away from my time looking at FB pictures of cute kittens

and laughing at stupid pet trick video's on YouTube.

Then, there's FACEBOOK, guys ...

Facebook may be pulling off one of the most lucrative grifts of all time:

 First, they convinced authors they needed to purchase all their Fans and Likes --

 even though everyone knows you can’t buy love.

 Then, Facebook continues to charge those same authors money to speak to the Fans they just bought!

Then, there's INSTAGRAM!  I mean what says LOOK AT ME! better than Instagram?  I mean sometimes even with TWITTER you have to, you know, INTERACT.

What a pain, right?

But with TUMBLR, PINTEREST, and INSTAGRAM, you just look at the pretty pictures.  Instant kindergarden all over again.

 A post by Karen Jones Gowen says we have become too selfish in what is supposed to be a SOCIAL media.  What do you think?

Then, Denise Covey has written a post asking if we have changed our blogs with the changing times?

Have you?  Me, I am a dinosaur.

And speaking of YouTube, here is a great vid by Jesse Cook:


  1. Hi Roland. Thank you for commenting on my blog post. I just read a quote by Einstein: 'If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.' But with blogging I think that's not even true. Bloggers are becoming mighty picky with who they visit and why. It's at a crossroads; not as exciting as it was for sure.

    Thanks for linking to my post. Maybe I'll get a couple more pop by.

    Denise :)

  2. Hey Roland! Read both Karen and Denise's posts. I still read. I still interact. And I still enjoy it. Has it changed over the past year or so? Yes, I think it has. And I'll be adjusting a bit to keep with the flow while still retaining the essence of who I am.

  3. Hi Roland .. I saw both Denise's and Karen's posts and need to visit them and comment .. they're on my list.

    I don't do social media (yet) - as I'm sure I'll have to do some .. but I do prefer blogging where there should be some seriousness - I like the occasional guffaw - but I don't need to waste my time looking ...

    There's a lot of useful information provided by bloggers, and also through the friends we've met we can provide support - as who knows when challenges come along ...

    I think blogging does provide much ... but I don't like being ephemeral ... I do like Alex' sentence .. "I'll be adjusting a bit to keep with the flow, while still retaining the essence of who I am."

    Thanks for highlighting the change and too for linking to Karen and Denise's posts ... cheers Hilary

  4. I guess I'm a dinosaur too, Roland. Instant kindergarten -- that cracked me up. You're right. Yet at the same time, people are reading now more than ever based on a recent study included in Year's Best SFF. Print books aren't going anywhere, and eReaders are still growing in popularity. Good time to be a writer, methinks.

  5. Funny, that you talk of Youtube and then post one to soften our mood. Jesse Cook is nice to listen to. I read the other posts, and agreed with some points on Denise's. The 'death of blogging' thread has been done before, yet it's still kicking.

    I'm probably going to back off blogging more than twice a month for August and reassess my blog efforts too. I will continue to blog, the other media (Twitter-FB) is too little and lacks depth.

    At the moment, pressing family issues are monopolizing my time. I'm not able to visit but a few blogs or prepare posts. Blogging does satisfy my writing needs as practice for the long writing. I like the WEP challenges that Denise hosts.

    I will still review books I read, as my book reviews do get enough visits to satisfy me, and the Fitzgerald ones in particular. Scifi not so much. It all depends on what you expect to gain - numbers or interaction. Reciprocity is a failing art, but we do look for commonality in what we like to read. I really don't care 'what you wear or eat or shop for', but I do care about places, travel, people of interest and well-written books about history.
    Thanks, Roland. Sorry for the long comment. . .

  6. Denise:
    If folks choose not to visit me, I will abide and survive. I will try to write interesting posts, but remain true to who I am.

    I will not be the rooster on the weather vane. :-)

    I was glad to link to your post, and I do hope more visit you!

    Blogging is no longer the "IN" thing. But I have never followed the Craze of the Moment. I like my blogging friends. Like McCord, I will abide. You had an excellent post.

    You are probably right in how to prosper in blogging. Prospering in blogging would be nice, but I am who I am -- me and Popeye! :-)

    Alex seems to have the right idea: adjust to the moment while staying true to who you are. It is a hard thing to do, but what in life that is worthwhile is easy, right? I always enjoy your visits here. :-)

    Yes, Instagram for those of us who miss Kindergarten! :-)

    I am not so optimistic about readidng as you. Reading for information such as history is dying. Look at how Russia is copying the tactics of Hitler lately, and the world's leaders are doing the 1930's Shufffle and covering their eyes. Sigh.

    But lately, hardcovers are selling more than ebooks if you can believe that! Strange, right?

    Like you Twitter and FB is too little to be anything but shallow. And why be shallow, right?

    Like you, I enjoy books or posts that teach me fascinating things I did not know before.

    In STARS, I bring in such tidbits as how marshmallows are tied to Ancient Egypt and how electricity could be actually translated through the air.

    Of course with your tremendous family crises time for blogging must take an extreme backseat. How could it not?

    Fitzgerald is a fine magnet for folks like you and me. And I thought it was a fun tongue-in-cheek move to mention YouTube in my title and then end with a video from it. Jesse Cook never fails but to lift my spirits.

  7. Thank you for the link. A fascinating post.
    For me, the question is why do I blog, and what do I get out of it?
    Connection. Connection with people, lives, viewpoints I wouldn't find any other way. So I continue.
    And dinosaur that I am, I don't play FB, twitter, instagram etc.

  8. I enjoy blogging and reading the blogs of my friends far more than I enjoy Facebook or Twitter. My blog has evolved over time to suit my situation in life and in ways that I hope are helpful to others, whether I promote a good book or give someone a laugh.


  9. There have been many changes in the seven years I've been blogging. Some of those changes are due to the shift away from traditional publishing, but it's also the realization by both traditional and indie publishers that blogging is a free marketing platform. And once marketing becomes the primary purpose, much is lost. Look what happened to Amazon reviews.

    Personally, I consider my blog a virtual conversation. I decide what I want to write about and then I write. If no one wants to talk (e.g. comment), that's fine. I've had the same thing happen at parties. I'm tough, I can take it.

    My subject matter often has something to do with writing because so much of my time is spent sitting in front of a computer. But in the end, I think blogging rules have the same problem as writing rules: they assume that all bloggers and all blog readers have the same goals. That's more than short-sighted—it's flat out wrong. For example, why would I want to make my posts applicable to the kind of books I write? I don't blog to sell books, nor do I want to live in a genre bubble. I want to connect to writers of all types. Oh, and just as a warning: I have a quasi book review in the hopper right now. No apologies.

    Don't change, Roland. Your blog always shines.

    VR Barkowski

  10. Elephant's Child:
    IT'S BEEN A LOOONG DAY! Sorry it has taken me so long to answer you.

    Like you, I blog for my friends. It means a lot for you to visit my little cyber home. I am rich because of you and my other friends. :-)

    Your blog is always a fun place to visit -- I just am so overworked that I have so little free time it is scary -- Not Putin scary luckily. :-)

    Yes, nothing quite turns me off as constant marketing on a blog. Oh, by the way, BUY MY LATEST AUDIOBOOK!

    Just kidding. :-)

    Who wants to turn in a site that always has a hand out?

    Amazon reviews. Sigh. Ah, don't bring up memories. :-(

    I, like you, consider my blog to be a virtual conversation where I and my friends can discuss fun or intense topics, knowing we are safe with friends. :-)

    As for the quasi book review -- friends don't have to apologize to friends. I have always branched out on subjects that interest me, feeling that those topics probably interest a few others, too.

    Thanks for the kind words about my blog. I always find your posts absorbing, too. :-)