For the longest time I told much less skeptical friends, nah, social media, what’s the point? I mean, I’m a writer. Why should I fork out words for free? And shouldn’t artists be paid (spelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T)? Why support the amateurist/crowd-sourcey/something-for-nothing mentality when what we need are jobs, not robots doing our jobs. Heck, I don’t even like getting those “give us free advertising by commenting on your purchase” emails. Pay somebody to come up with great copy, dude! Rilly, what the ducks!!!
Well, times change and people eat their words.
In 2012, I jumped down the rabbit hole and launched this website. Took all of a week to figure out the fun part and within a few months, I could log in without bracing for something untoward. Now, on a week like this, I wonder why I ever worried at all.
Or, should I say, why worry when I have blog buddies like Robbie?
First, let me digress a tad and reveal that in the early days of blogging I worried so much about my digital profile (everything lives forever on the Interwebz!!!) that I diligently clicked through the sites of every Liker and Commenter who deigned to visit me. There weren’t that many so this took a lot less time than you’d imagine.* Basically, I didn’t want to “like” an innocuous photo if the rest of the blogger’s website contained some kind of pernicious content. (Don’t know what that would be, exactly, but I’d been freaked out after reading so many horror stories.)** Have to say, though, in the nearly three years I’ve been surfing the WordPress blogosphere, I’ve never encountered sites that post Ugly right next to Cuddly. I’ve also never had to deal with all the trash talk that major news outlets and other venues seem to attract. I credit the WP team with sustaining an almost Utopian blog platform where (rarely) a discouraging word is posted.***
Which brings me back to Robbie and her e-home, Palm Rae Urban Potager. Ms. Robbie and I have been cross-commenting for about a year and a half now. Not sure how it started but one of us found the other and through various perceptive observations and the getting of obscure references, we created a connection. Last month, I immediately thought of Robbie when I decided I wanted to do something on International Year of Soils. As someone who gets the whole connection between what we grow and how we grow it, I knew she’d have something meaningful to add. Plus, she’s always been unfailingly kind to her commenting base so I knew she’d be someone I’d be proud to have on the project.
See? On the Net, someone can hear you be nice.
But we can always use more friendly folks rowing in the same direction. To that end, we’re encouraging other bloggers to write/draw/photograph/sing/dance/whatever about the importance of saving healthy soils. If you’d like to be a part of this Blogger Action Day, comment below or on Robbie’s site. We welcome as many voices as possible–the more the merrier, as web veterans know. In fact, after worrying so long about protecting my words, I now know it’s not what I write that matters, it’s the community my writing can build. And there are lots of good blog buddies in that community.
So maybe, just maybe, the Internet is not such a scary place after all.
*Taylor Swift could probably not do this.
**Guess you know it when you see it?
***And the skies are not cloudy all day! 😉
Copyright 2015, Lori Fontanes
Love this post.
Aw, thanx! 🙂 !
Blogging has given me practice in creating boundaries. Early on someone liked a post and to be polite I visited their blog. The first story I read was about a dog rescue and I commented on it. I did not know at the time that the person’s entire blog (except for this post) was about how much the person hated Christians (and God in general).
He started leaving passive aggressive comments on my blog and at first I felt I needed to nicely defend God (even though my blog isn’t about religion). I felt it would be impolite to just not respond. His baiting became more aggressive then. Finally after wrestling with my feelings about free and open debate I realized I just didn’t want to spend my precious time arguing. I was allowing someone to control my space and time. I unfollowed him and put an end to the pointless discussion.
In real life I’d had a hard time setting boundaries so I was pretty pleased to note how far I’d come 🙂
Thanks for sharing this, Adrienne! It can be really hard to set boundaries or even make good choices about spending time in general. There’s so much, ok too much from which to choose! My new explanation for not choosing certain technologies is simple: Does it make my life better or not?
The Internet is not such a scary place, if you’re careful, and apparently you are. 😉
I applaud your soil initiative, but don’t know squat about it. Our climate is so arid that all attempts to compost have desicated rather than decomposed. I’m eager to see what gets posted but know I have nothing worthwhile to contribute. If you have a good way to turn dog & cat turds into healthy fertilizer, let me know!
LOL!!! We’ve got a few felines, too, so I hear ya! Actually, I think compost is important but far from the only solution. And if you’re speaking of, er, waste–there’s also something called green manure. Hopefully, that will come up in the discussion next week, too. If not, I’ll bring it up in a future post, stay tuned! 🙂
Lori:-) ditto back to you!!…the best thing about you + your blog is your kindness shows through + you have a great sense of humor!!! I can’t tell you how many times, I stop by and see one of your photos and I just start laughing + not just a “HA HA” a deep guttural laugh-LOL!!!! It even pops in my head- a bit later in the day:-)
I forgot to mention the other day-Congrats on the “featured on freshly pressed” you deserve it for you have a great blog that makes a difference in this world. Your posts + photos are thought provoking + like I said, you make us see the humor in the silliness of this world.
Come on Everyone -Lets Build the SOIL!
You remember the old saying ” Do unto others as you wish them to do unto you”..well, I would say in the blog world- that is how it rolls. If you are kind to others + sincere in your comments-you will find friendship. I blog because I want to reach out and try to make a difference in the world from my little corner ( literally-sitting in the corner with my computer-LOL) here in the Midwest of USA:-)
I also LOVE YOUR DUCKS:-) With feet like that who would not love them:-)
Thank YOU so much, blog buddy!!! And now I am off to chip ice off the ducks’ water bowls. *sigh* Are we at spring, yet?! 😀
lol..yes warmer weather is coming your way-we have in the 40’s predicted for this week, sooooo:-) it will be coming your way! So now are we BB’s forever:-) lol..Blogger Buddies-love it!
Thank you for taking the initiative and creating this blogger action day. I look forward to reading the posts next week 🙂 Yay dirt!
Avec plaisir! 🙂 Yay dirt, indeed!!! 😀 !