Last week, I became a bit overwhelmed with the current mental sphere around our world. In addition, the behavior I observed around our virtual world added to my emotional mindset. So instead of posting new content, as planned, I reflected upon my own off -and online behavior. A thought arose: Don’t just scroll, Connect!
Besides Connecting to Life and Yourself, Connection to Others is important for us human beings. While I absolutely support the measurements taken to decrease the pandemic and I didn’t have to make many changes, I think I wouldn’t be human if it didn’t affect me at all. I love to Connect, both off -and online… the first is unfortunately pretty limited over here.
So last week, I had trouble putting all current events in perspective. The downside of caring about the whole world and not just about personal stuff. Still, I made time to visit the virtual homes of some blogging friends and Katherin’s post was about a topic I was pondering about, again, too.
I wholeheartedly believe, that we can meaningfully Connect @ our virtual world too. The moment I can’t believe that anymore, I probably will quit blogging. I also believe publishing meaningful content is one of the ways to contribute to our (virtual) world. Having watched The Social Dilemma documentary last year, I question if it is enough to not only inspire YOU to Connect to Life, Others, Yourself, but to do so meaningfully.
Traveling around online platforms, it seems to me that meaningless instead of meaningful Connection is increasing. No longer the focus seems to be on objective, informative knowledge. On beautiful, fun or artistic original creations. Facts are twisted to meet personal opinions. The more likes the better, it seems. Mindless scrolling seems to be the result.
Mindless clicking to follow and on autopilot hitting like-buttons. Reacting to content, without reading or viewing the full article and video. I refuse to participate in such meaningless behavior. As mentioned, I do believe meaningful Connections in our virtual world are possible. Online Connection does not have to be superficial.
Hence my own decision, to no longer publish the posts of my virtual home on social media platforms like Facebook. The like-button I keep, as also the option to subscribe via email. I hope, when you do like my content and/or wish to stay up-to-date, you will make that choice on purpose. Click not mindlessly, on autopilot.
I also decided to decrease my online activity. To read and view only that what truly interests me. To not only click the like-button, when I do like the article, a piece of art or video, but also only leave a comment if I feel I can add something of value. To Connect, meaningful. I rather Connect less, then do it without integrity.
Lastly, I will no longer publish every day. I always put a lot of time brainstorming about the content I want to publish, here @ my virtual home. My creations must make sense to myself and as of last year (2020), my focus is even more on inspiring my online visitors to Connect meaningfully. If my creations are meaningful, that is for you, dear reader, to decide. The amount of posts, however, should not matter.
With these decisions, I believe I respect that thought of mine… Don’t just scroll, Connect!