People, and Americans in particular, have a lot to say and we’re not afraid to say it. WordPress alone has 367,010 blogs. There’s many other blogging sites as well, and self-hosted blogs. It’s difficult to know how many blogs are out there, but one estimate is 15 million. Yes, that’s MILLION. Then there’s Twitter, Facebook, and Plinky Prompts. People write these writings, read these writings, comment on these writings, and read more comments on these writings. No wonder people don’t have time to read ordinary newspapers anymore. One could literally be online all day, every day, and not run out of things to read.
I’ve follow a few blogs as favorites, but in reality, by the time I work on my own blog, read Facebook and occasionally write a Plinky Prompt, I don’t have time to do much more. I also read the daily local newspaper, subscribe to one magazine (okay, it’s Better Homes and Gardens) and two nurse practitioner journals. Then I get daily email updates – from Medscape, MD Consult and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Then of course I get a lot of email. Much of it I don’t want, but still have to glance through in case there’s something important. I’m a fast reader and still have a hard time keeping up with all this. Then there’s the paper mail in the mail box to sort through, which more and more is nothing I need or want, except the bills.
In sorting through all this writing, I find that some is good in many ways, some not so much. I like to read news, funny or pithy comments and look at pictures from my family and friends on Facebook. But I really don’t need to know what someone ate that day or did every hour, or their excessively lengthy opinions on politics and what they’re wearing. I’ve avoided Twitter because I already have enough to read, and frankly much of it sounds like minutia. (Sorry Twitter fans). Yet, I get ecstatic when I get a new follower on Plinky Prompts (yes I really do have followers) or when people read my blog. In some ways I can’t believe that anyone would care about what I have to say, yet it’s exhilarating to know that someone does.
Our world is big. Everything has gone global. Yet, we all want to be heard and have our opinions matter. Take some time today to read what you value, and affirm to those who write it that you care about what they say. And if you write, make it worthwhile. Write well. Make someone laugh, cry, think, learn. Make it thoughtful and something that matters so it’s not lost in our sea of words.
(As if you don’t have enough to read already, you can follow me on Plinky at http://www.plinky.com/people/huffygirl/answers)
(Here’s a great link that explains RSS feeds, which are purported to simplify your web reading. I haven’t subscribed to RSS yet, so let me know if it’s helpful. Scroll down until you see the video. http://blog.plinky.com/
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