It has been an absolute age since I wrote a blog post, and I know that you’ve all been anticipating my return to writing as much as I’ve been anticipating the return of Poldark to my TV screen.
There’s no major reason for my writing to have ceased over the last couple of months. I’ve been busy sorting stuff out in my life. There was, however, something that happened on social media a few weeks back that put a bad taste in my mouth regarding the blogging world.
There was a Facebook campaign, and in short, rather a lot of public disputes took place between bloggers as a result of the campaign. It was ugly. It put me off blogging and social media and prompted me to put a distance between myself and that world.
I wanted to distance myself from the internet and the eternal, noisy barrage of information constantly in my face, vying for my attention.
So I stopped blogging.
I vastly reduced my social media activity.
But during that time, I was a little tormented by my lack of written activity. I usually have a million blog posts in my head, which is part of why I took to writing in the first place. It has been a good outlet for me.
But recently, I guess I’ve spent a period of time internally villainising social media, which is a little extreme and silly, considering the incredible resource social media and the internet can be.
A good example this is a Facebook group I am a member of, called SW19 Mums Network. It’s a private (but vast) network for local parents to ask for advice, buy and sell items, share tips or give stuff away. I recently noticed a post by a young lady requesting the help of parents in the network.
She had found herself in a situation where she was living in her mother’s house with her newborn baby, but had absolutely nothing to her name. She was sleeping on a mattress on the floor of an empty bedroom, had nothing for her baby and no income.
She turned to SW19 Mums Network to request the help of anyone who had anything they wanted to sell cheaply or give away. People immediately flocked to her post with items to donate. A couple of days later, she posted a thank-you post on the group, telling everyone that she’d been overwhelmed with the support she’d received. Local parents had donated absolutely everything (and more than) she needed, and she was unbelievably grateful.
It was charity on a small and local scale, but it warmed me and reminded me of the positive value of social media, and that altruism does indeed exist.
So I decided to cast my negative feelings aside and return to my blog. I’m going to make an effort to turn the volume down on the bickering and antagonising that I frequently witness. Debating for the sake of debating can soon turn ugly on the internet, particularly with a distinct lack of people really knowing each other at all, let alone well.
I have some posts in the pipeline, and time will tell whether I will make some time to actually write them. Hopefully I will. I didn’t want to launch into a new post without acknowledging that I haven’t written anything in a while.
So I shall hopefully ‘see’ you soon. Thanks to all of you who have been back in the last few weeks.