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Recently, I have come to believe that no average citizen really needs a blog. In this age of Facebook status updates and Tweets, I thought that a normal person with out an agenda propagate or something to promote really needs more that 140 characters to keep their friends hip to what's going on.

I think I might be wrong.

Tonight I was reflecting on my status update/Twittering habits and I had "what alcoholics refer to as 'a moment of clarity'" that the information contained in there tends to be very shallow. Sure, I update those much more often than I update this thing, but if you were to reconstruct me from my status updates and my Tweets, I'd just be this guy who needs coffee, watches movies, eats and drinks. Very surface, very shallow.

I think that the things that are important and personal to me just take more that 140 characters to talk about. They are often nuanced and require background.

Like, today, Alex, our younger son, went the doctor. His breast bone is protruding and he's gonna have to go see a specialist in B'ham next month to see what needs to be done to correct it. Nothing life-threatening or anything, but pretty important to me as he's my son.

Talking about that in a Tweet just doesn't feel right. It's feels, I don't know, needy, like a cry for attention or pity.

So, I think, maybe somethings are Blogable and somethings are Tweetable. I may need both.

It maybe that the only people I want to share my personal stuff with are people who will take the time to read past 140 characters.

Maybe I'll start using this thing again.



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Sep. 10th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
I sent Brandi a message a few weeks ago to let her know how much I missed her on LJ. I do. I miss you both.

I miss Brandi's fabulous pictures. I know she posts them in Facebook, but it's fun to see them in her blog. It's better on LJ for some reason. I don't know why - maybe it's the way she composes them to show in LJ.

I also missed hearing about how God works your family's life. I'm always amazed at her faith. She'll post one morning that the car has broken down and that you guys aren't sure what's going on or how to fix it or how much it's going to cost. Prayers appreciated.

Later on she'll post that it turns out that it was just a spark plug slipped off the battery or that you know a guy that knows a guy that gave you guys a great deal on car work.

She not always came out and "bragged" about her faith, but I always knew that everything cool and special and awesome that has come the Sims Family way has been because of the faith of your family.

I draw a lot of inspiration from the posts you two make. I wish you guys would come back.
Sep. 10th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
If this was a Facebook entry, it would have a thumbs-up with a little notation that "Kim likes this."

I miss Live Journal. I really, really used to think it was a luxury and an indulgence to spend time communicating with friends here, and I decided I was spending much too much time here. But I'm wondering if, even if it is a luxury and indulgence, if it might not also be a pretty good thing - for all of us.

I liked reading your post and Wendi's comment much more than I liked posting how well I've done in Scramble or noting that somebody found a lost cow on their farm in Farmville. Those things are fine, but they don't take the place of fellowship through communication.
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Nov. 16th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Super superficial
Interestingly, I recently - and quite unintentionally - happened upon the word "twitter" as I perused a thesaurus. The definition hasn't changed significantly - if at all - for the electronic online version to which you refer is indeed one in the same, and therefore appropriately named.

At this stage in my life, I find a struggle for personal meaning in the actions of my life. I want to know that what I did mattered. I suppose it has something to do with my mortality.

It doesn't mean that joviality and humor are unimportant, for they are not. It is an acknowledgment that the things I do actually have meaning. It is my desire that the Ultimate Meaning may be known through my actions.

Frankly, I've rarely used ever Twitter, nor have I any such account for that service. If something's worth saying, it's worth saying with the fullest expression... not a headline or "news minute."

And as you acknowledged, questions are frequently more brief than their answers ever are.

Ever been asked "why?"
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