First thing you need to know: I’m not a very social person, so social networking and me are on teneous grounds right from the start.
Social networks are too instant gratification and image-focused for me. I’ve got a personal facebook and a page for this blog, but I’m there for friends. FB is also kind of a Ouija board for unhealthy people for me, so I don’t even have one under my government name right now.
FB is good for people I’m comfortable with, or when I don’t have someone’s number and want them to get a message. I also don’t like people seeing when I’m accessible. I feel too obligated to respond quickly, and feel like it can turn into a time suck, although it would be less so if I were more assertive. I trimmed some of the fat off my friends-list there, so it’s been less of a source of stress for me.
I like the medium of blogs because thoughts are first, appearance is secondary or not even a factor, if that’s what the author prefers. I’d rather choose my friends by their thoughts and character, rather than their appearance or what they had for lunch.
Completely unrelated, but awesome:
“Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth
“The woman crawling through the tawny grass was the artist’s neighbor in Maine, who, crippled by polio, “was limited physically but by no means spiritually.” Wyeth further explained, “The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless.” He recorded the arid landscape, rural house, and shacks with great detail, painting minute blades of grass, individual strands of hair, and nuances of light and shadow. In this style of painting, known as magic realism, everyday scenes are imbued with poetic mystery.”