I’d say I was interrupting this blog for a some kvetching, but then I’d have to actually be posting in some regular fassion for that joke to go anywhere.
Anyway, perhaps it’s because I can barely maintain an online presence at all, let alone keep blogs and social media updated. Maybe it’s that I’ve never really had a “theme” for my blog. Or maybe it’s just a sign that I’m just getting old and crotchety. But damn I really can’t stand it when people I follow need to repeatedly inform me via their updates that they actually post somewhere else. And I don’t mean announcing to your readers that you have a blog on Tumblr or an active account on YouTube. But if the majority of your posts on my feed are just to “remind” me of that other place you are perhaps you should take stock of some things, like my potential interest in your blog about growing beans.
Don’t get me wrong, beans are really interesting. Heck, maybe I actually found you through your avid posting about beans. But if I’m actually more interested in your shoe collection or, I don’t know, you as a person, then chances are I couldn’t give a horse’s hairy patoot about your obsession with beans. I’m not saying that’s carved in stone or anything and certainly you want to let your followers know of things you post on that you’re interested in that they may also be interested in. And it’s the Internet after all, there probably is a niche somewhere for people who like blogs that are solely dedicated to posting about other blogs that are about totally other things. Unfortunately, I’m not in that niche and it just aggravates me every time I have to see it. And guess what? I won’t be creating an account at some random blogging or social media service just to follow you either. No. Not going to happen. Stop trying to advertise it. I don’t care. I don’t want to care. Honestly, I don’t even want to have half the accounts I already do have!
[EDIT: To clarify a point made on Twitter, I don’t have anything against people who import post across platforms. Though, I admit I do find I end up skimming a lot when people do that. If you’re going to be posting the same thing in multiple places or you want your various followers to see the things you are posting in other places, I have no issue. When you need to tell me to follow you all over the intarwebs to see those things, though, then you’re just being annoying.]
Which, marginally related to this, I really wish people would stop abusing the messaging feature of the accounts I do have. Over on the right there’s a list of the accounts I am more-or-less active on. Plus, there’s a link in the navigation to email me and, of course, being that this website is a blog there’s an active comment system. So, you know, I’m pretty easy to reach. That does not, however, mean you should use more than one of those methods to get your message to me.1 Why? Because I got it the first time. Even if I’m nowhere near my computer! And my desire to respond
in a manner that is not ripping your head off is directly proportional to how often I had to read that same message.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled semi-dead blog. ;-)
- With the exception of any family members because you are entitled to try and reach me however you choose. Especially if it’s important! ↩