Disconnected thoughts about blogging and social media:
- I am neither a critic nor book-reviewer, though I occasionally try my hand at both. Above all, I love to read. Time’s Flow Stemmed is where I write about the books I read. My intentions are multiple, but mostly this blog is a commonplace book of sorts. If my enthusiasm for books is catching I feel in some small way that I have succeeded.
- There are so many places to get a literary fix online. I read fewer books since I started blogging and participating on Twitter.
- The recent (it is always recent) debate about the mutual admiration culture of literary Twitter or blogosphere is recognisable, but there are choices. It is not all pervasive. There is always choice in which blogs you read and who you choose to follow.
- I miss blogging before Twitter and the “Like this” button, mostly because it seems to discourage comments. I’m delighted that anyone takes the time to read my blog, and not immune to the affirmation of someone ‘liking’ a post or retweeting a link, but I preferred comments. I enjoy the conversation.
- I read a tweet recently that alluded to a culture of laziness amongst lit-bloggers. I could debate whether a lit-blogging culture or community exists but I won’t. As far as I know, most people who write about books on blogs or Twitter are amateurs, not professionally part of literary circles (though many would like to be). Certainly for me, this is, to use an old fashioned and much-maligned word, a hobby. The ‘Unsubscribe’ or ‘Unfollow’ button is always available. I appreciate anyone whose passion for reading impels them to share their thoughts on any form of social media, but I choose which blogs I read and whose timeline I follow on Twitter with the same care that I choose what books I read.
- Thank you so much for reading Time’s Flow Stemmed. I don’t spend any time looking at analytics (should I?), but I am thrilled that 65 people choose to subscribe to this blog, and that 600 or so people follow my Twitter timeline.
Here ends tonight’s insomnia.