Social media in the eyes of an insomniac…

The problem with being an early riser is waking up early. Today, I woke up around 2:00am. This is worse than my usual early ups at 4:00am. Since, I was up, but wanted to go back to sleep, I just laid there hoping and praying that if I kept my eyes closed long enough that I’d just go back to sleep. Well, this didn’t work. So, like any other insomniac, I grabbed my phone and started looking at the various posts on social media.

If you didn’t already know, I’ve been a member of almost every source of social media since inception. So, I have a good 20-30 accounts out there, which I only use 5 or 6. So, Mr. Sleep-Deprived decides to start reviews posts. All I can say at this moment is that I “Follow” some very intriguing people and looking at the differences of how/what people post on the various platforms is interesting to me.

I started in Google+, then went to Facebook, then to Instagram, to Twitter, and finally to Pinterest. I started to go into Socialcam and YouTube but these require sound and I didn’t want to wake the rest of the house with my laughter. But here’s my take on these forums…

I love Facebook but it seems that the larger they get the more regulated they are becoming. I’ve been blocked from sending invitations to my events and they (Facebook) haven’t told me why. But, that’s just one issue. What I like about them is that they are big. Most people have a Facebook account, even if they don’t use it. So, connecting with people here is really easy.

In my humble opinion, Google+ will be the next real rockstar. They are still growing but they have some very cool things going on. Of course, the event page for me is crucial but one of the cool things that they do is send two separate reminders to your invited guests, the first is one day prior and the second is an hour before the event. These reminders are automatic. Secondly, they have upped the game with “Hangouts”. This is a service that allows multiple people in different locations to video conference/chat. Again, they are still growing but once G+ catches on… Look out!

Instagram, I love you. Take a picture and share it. It doesn’t get any more simpler than that and looking at the stuff that people take is hilarious!!! I’ve seen about 30 pictures of woman with puckered lips; about 50 inspirational messages; and at least 25 guys just taking a picture of themselves’ looking at the camera with NO expression and all of these pictures have been posted within the last 36 hours!!! What’s cool is that, believe it or not, Instagram is art. People share what is interesting to them… “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and that’s why I love it!!

Twitter is cool but it’s not necessarily MY favorite. The reason that it’s not my favorite is because I’m a writer and a bit of a grammarian. So, getting your point across in 140 characters or less isn’t really my cup o’ tea. Plus, ALL of the abbreviations!!!! I can’t stand it!!! I need a freakin’ translator to read some of these posts!!! But, you can’t ignore Twitter because this is the direction that many are headed, unfortunately. Short blasts of gobbledy-gook…

Pinterest… I really haven’t caught on to this one yet. I made my first posts here this past week. Someone ‘re-pinned’ one of the pictures but I can’t really same much about it. I do know that they made the news because of the communities on there but I don’t see the big deal yet…

Socialcam and YouTube… These guys are WONDERFUL!!! I love them both. Socialcam is primarily people taking videos wherever they are, doing whatever they do and sharing it (like Instagram only with video). YouTube is the same except they’ve gotten all corporate on us. Instead of it just being regular people we get videos from businesses, corporations and we have to deal with copyright issues. The problem that I have with YouTube is COMMERCIALS!!!!! I don’t watch commercials on TV. Why in the (censored) do you think I’m going to watch commercials on a two-minute video? The Skip button is nice but now they’re even leaving that out!!!

All in all, I have a very interesting morning… I’m beat!!! I’m gonna try to get a few more winks before preparing for church, Good night… or is it Good Morning…

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie

 

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Conviction and Resolution

This weekend has been interesting to say the least. Since, I generally write one letter per day about things that happen in my life… From this weekend alone, I probably have three weeks worth of material (smile). But seriously, I have to be really clear about something. For me, having a spoken conversation versus having a written one is two entirely different things. You see, I am a person of words and I understand the power that the WRITTEN word has.

Conviction is a strong persuasion or belief. Resolution is the act of answering or determining; or the firmness of resolve. When I write, I am writing from these two areas from my conviction and resolve. I am very intentional with the words that I choose, the statements that I make, and the point(s) that I wish to relay.

As a pre-teen, whenever I didn’t feel that my voice was being heard, I would write a letter to ‘no one’ and just leave it so my mom or dad would find it. The ‘finding’ of these letters always sparked heated conversation but my goal was for them to know what I was feeling. The letters that I write today are the same thing. My writing is an expression of my thoughts, feelings and resolution towards whatever topic, or subject.

I say all of that to say this… Please, don’t underestimate or devalue the written word that I write. When Gouverneur Morris pulled out his pen, he scripted one of the most powerful documents in history. When he and thirty-nine others signed this document, many underestimated its worth but without it we wouldn’t be here today. That document was the United States Constitution. I’m not inferring that my letters are world changing but know this, if I write it, you best believe that this is where I stand… IRONCLAD!!!

Some messages are harder to write than others because of my level of resolution and concern for how the message will be received. You see I’ve realized over the past several months that I am a man full of emotion and intensity. One of the problems that we, men, face is that we don’t really have any outlets for our ‘feelings’. There is an expectation of us to be a certain way and we hold fast to that denying our true inner self. We’d rather just agree to be agreeable because quite honestly we like peace. BUT, when I write, it’s no holds barred. If I tell you that I love you or, you are my ‘friend’ or, that I don’t like you or, that you are ‘special’ or my plan or goal is _____; then trust me, like it or not, that’s how I feel. You may disagree with my point of view but check this out… “It is what it is.”

The part that’s funny is that my level of conviction flows into everyday dealings with people and the hardest place for me is in one of the simplest areas… texting. It’s difficult because people don’t read, people scan. When you scan, you don’t pay attention to ALL of the words and you WILL miss the real point in doing so. As an answer to this scanning issue, I try to keep my texts as brief as possible. The problem with that is the more abridged and concise you get, the more blunt a message can be. The receiver can’t hear the tone of your voice when reading a 10-word message. They ‘feel’ the intensity. Sorry…

My letter today is EXTREMELY INTENTIONAL. I am tired of people and the perception that my lack of action means that I haven’t responded. If you’ve received ANY word from me in WRITING (text, email, social media, printed document, whatever) that IS my CONVICTION and RESOLUTION.

In Latin, the phrase is “dictum meum pactum” or in English… “My word is my bond.”

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie