Monday, June 18, 2012

Six Years and Losing Steam

I just realized that I missed the 6 year Blogaversary of Astoria Rust on May10th.  This post marks the 1,868th post here yet somehow I am no longer enamored by any accomplishments; be it longevity or the amount of posts I've done.  It seems to me the days of the Blog are gone.  They have been replaced by the short attention span Internet experience with sites such as Twitter and Facebook and I'll even throw in Tumblr.  You no longer need to be creative on the Internet.  All one needs to do is find a good source of crap to repost under your name.  It's like, "I haven't seen this one before so I'll post it and others will think that I was the creative genius that thought it up!"

It's just a rehash of all the crap that goes around like a social disease.  How long will it be before the dancing Oogachuka baby (look it up, it's on You Tube) makes its way around again for all the new users that were too young to see it' first go-round fifteen years ago.

Of all those in my blog circle, only Darev and Donna still post daily.  These days I halfheartedly try to post every week and if I don't reach that goal I don't lose any sleep over it.  It used to be that I'd be upset if I didn't have at least a months worth of post lined up and ready to go.

Maybe it's the influx of the transitory nature of the instant that Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr has got us to accept, that now has me in its grasp.  Maybe I no longer care about the big picture of the past, present and future, but now live for the dopamine hit when I see something enjoyable yet instantly forgettable on the internet.  Here and gone in a flash.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kinda like us all....Here and gone in a flash!

6:35 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

And there I went, tired and just posting a twitter-like brief post.

I think I'm losing steam as well.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

My drivel will probably go on forever.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do have facebook, but I only check it twice a day. I do not and will not get twit-er, nor do I have tumbler. It is sad that people cannot con.... oh look a bunny. Where was I? Oh yes, bunnys.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

My blog posting has been pretty random as well. I guess I'm just thinking 'pah...does anybody care about my crap?' I try with the Daybooks, but I think I'm a little more raucous than the average Daybook lady is...
It's too bad my dogs can't blog. They think I'm brilliant.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

Guy, You had a good run, hon. xoxox I didn't make it doing nearly a third of what you have done! No regrets...

You post this just as I was about to dip my toe into blog-ownership again, ironically. Still contemplating if I need to be spinning another plate in life simultaneously with all the others that I have....

Rev and Donna, my hats are off to both of you - keep up the good work.

7:57 AM  
Blogger weese said... too.
however, i still do not facebook or twit.
pointless drivel.
i would rather no drivel at all.

the quiet doesn't suck.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I just got 4 notifications that I commented.... so hopefully I didn't bomb you with the same comment and it's only a glitch on my side. Sorry about that....

8:44 AM  
Blogger Zan said...

So sad to read this. He still is brilliant, funny and full of shit. So sad to see him burn out. It is funny tho' because he still talks a good game.

11:56 AM  
Blogger mark said...

Huh. I was still contemplating your post about doves.

10:13 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Anon,Seems like I was 21 just yesterday.

Darev, at least you have daily excitement at your job to inspire you.

Donna, not drivel at all, it's a country life, and a good one at that.

Nulaanne, It's gotten to you, too!!!

Amy, you need to go back and read your old stuff for inspiration. By the way, for some reason your comments go to my spam box. Fortunately they get emailed to me as well and then I fish them out and accept them. Weird huh?

Auntie, I'm not dead yet. I'm still going to post. Just don't count on it.

Weese, there is a lot to be said for the quiet. I used to live for the noise. Posting, getting feedback, pissing people off. Nice addition to your house, by the way, love you you both.

Zan, talk is sometimes even more transient unless you use a tape recorder.

Mark, Good man, you are running at my speed.

3:54 AM  
Anonymous lori said...

Still and all - I hope you won't look at this as a waste of time. You have accomplished. You've written, you've done it well, and you met me. Who could want more than that out of such a venture?

FB, Twitter, and the rest will also go the way of blogs I'm sure. Something new will come out that creates a bunch of shorthand for communicating - like maybe a bunch of emoticons.

Some advice if you quit for good - don't delete the blog. You may well want it later (just sayin')

6:37 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Lori, I'm not quitting or deleting.

Hey, I thought you were moving up here???

6:28 AM  
Anonymous lori said...

I was all set to go this summer. Unfortunately, the housing prices here haven't risen enough for me to do it. I had a realtor and everything - on both sides. I just keep my fingers crossed the comps will match that magic number before the end of the next schoolyear. We all want out of here.

6:18 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I'm looking forward to calling you Neighbor...

7:53 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...


8:59 AM  
Blogger Bpaul said...

In the interest of full disclosure, I do facebook quite a bit, but no twitter -- don't see the point or need.

Anyway, this morning I was contemplating Kokanee salmon and wildlife biology and cold-water dams and environmental ethics, and old guys who have knowledge they'd like to share but no one to share it with (just went Kokanee fishing for the first time yesterday) and realized -- I'd have nowhere to post that essay. It would be a fun write, and I'd like to post it for friends etc, but FB doesn't handle stuff like that well. My old blog was where I did stuff like that. It was an interesting moment... I've created this little niche of writing for myself that I can't seem to plug into anything else. Also, I wanted to write it informally, nearly extemporaneous, so it would be a quick thinking exercise and not a formal paper. Nowhere to go with that but a journal now I guess. I thought of this post immediately, as it seemed to relate.


12:55 PM  
Blogger Ivan Ilyich said...

So you're running out of steam and a certain columnist for the Seaside Signal who has just turned 92 is still writing weekly. There's some irony in that.

Gary Hill

7:49 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Gary, good for them. I'm reducing my efforts to weekly as well.

5:50 AM  

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