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01 March 2011 @ 08:47 am
I'm not schizophrenic, I just have many compartments in my brain, and they all have different names.  
So.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about social networks. Some people have a unbridled love affair with them, and cannot have lunch without tweeting what they ate, and some people think that blogs are the downfall of western civilization.

For my part, I'm somewhere in the middle. I've had my Livejournal nearly six years, and though I started with only other site users (and my mom) as readers, thanks to sites like Facebook and twitter, the entries I leave public can be read by anyone, including the guy I sat next to at my high school graduation (I honestly hadn't ever met him - it was a big school), my friends or even the unabomber.

Well, not THE unabomber, obviously, because he's probably got people watching him, but for the sake of example, I use him. 'Unabomber*' when used in this post from this point on will mean the super weird crazy folks who leave an anonymous comment about nothing pertaining to the content of the post.

There's a place for them in the social network family, too. Under the heading of 'whatever.'

I was a grudging Facebook alum. After the anonymity of Livejournal, Facebook was like a slap in the face. It was real. I knew those people. I knew them in everyday life. I saw them at church. I saw them at the grocery store. Some of them I knew from my high school, 355 miles away, but If I kept blogging, they'd KNOW what I had to say about gourds and dolphins and fanfiction. They would know what television shows I watched and how I was neurotic about grammar. They might read the stories about my family and find out that we weren't perfect. They'd KNOW what I was up to!

And you know what? After being very wary for a long time, I decided that was just fine. I'm me. For better or worse, I'm me at home with my husband, and I'm me in the middle of a Christian women's retreat surrounded by fellow church members, and I'm me on stage.

Well, no. On stage I'm someone else, usually. But you get the picture. It's a part of who I am. Quirky, prone to the odd rant, gourd and dolphin hating Carrie, warts and all.

I don't have warts, though. I don't. Just clearing that up.

In any case, About forty percent of the time, I share my Livejournal entries on Facebook. They're usually the broad ones, like this one, whose subject resonates with a bigger cross section of the public. I don't feel compelled to share everything with everyone all the time, but nearly all of my posts are left unlocked, so that anyone (read: Mom) can have access to them if they dig hard enough. And again, I'm alright with that. I'm not trying to hide who I am behind my screen name. Though there is something to be said for anonymity, and the freedom to say whatever you want and no one will ever know that it's you saying it. I, however, need constraints. There's no need for me to word vomit all over the page and expect other people to read it. And there's no need for me to whine and complain about whatever happens to be bothering me at the exact moment it pops in to my head. (Not that I could, because I don't have that technological capability. But that, my friends, is a post for another day. Like tomorrow.)

And know that I'm not judging people who do that. I'm not. I read those, too. I just feel like exercising more economy with my words.

She said, after just typing up a 500 word post.

I've devolved to a point so far away from my original intent (which was to discuss social networks, and how they limit or cut down on contact with actual, living, breathing people) so that I should delete the entire shebang and start over, but I'm not going to.

This is me: wordy, opinionated, a bit whimsical and decidedly without warts for all the world to read.

Even the Unabomber.*
 
 
I feel:: accomplishedaccomplished
I hear:: Bang and Blame - R.E.M.
 
 
 
Sharlene: Booth - sighmynuet on March 1st, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry, this is pretty much a compulsive kind of thing: the crazy dude in the woods was the Unabomber.

*slithers off to look for rehab for compulsive correcters*
Carrie Leigh: Jeffrey Dean Morgancarrie_leigh on March 1st, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
You know, I typed it that way first, and then fixed all of them because it didn't look right.

It's gratifying to know that I was right the first time. :)
Sharlene: Jeffrey Dean Morganmynuet on March 1st, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
I hate when I do that. Which, whether, and rhythm all trip me up. The only way I can tell they're spelled right is the absence of a squiggly red line.
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: OCDjandjsalmon on March 1st, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
In true Facebook fashion... I 'Like' this post.


I am also relieved that you don't actually have warts.
slitherhither: snape_coffeeslitherhither on March 1st, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
And I'm relieved you don't appear to have been left homeless by wildfires!
Carrie Leigh: Ohcarrie_leigh on March 1st, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
We're well, over here. Our business is over there, but undamaged. No people were actually harmed, past smoke inhalation. Over 50 homes were destroyed, as well as the kennel in which we usually board our dogs when we leave town. They were only able to get 20 animals out before they had to evacuate. It's heartbreaking.
Carrie Leigh: redheadcarrie_leigh on March 1st, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
None. Totally zero. Completely wart free.
Mala13oct on March 1st, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Hey I'm just glad that you seem to be ok. I've been reading about what's happening in your neck of the woods, and was hoping that you'll were all good.
Carrie Leigh: awesome shoescarrie_leigh on March 1st, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, we're fine - about 20 miles away from where the wilfires were happening. Our business is over there, but we were blessed to not have any damage at all.
Elle Blessingway: Text: Shiny Easily Distractedelle_blessing on March 2nd, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
As I do a lot of social networking consulting for the law enforcement agency I work for, I find that I have a hate/hate relationship with Facebook in particular. They're soul suckers.

I like you in all your eccentricities. They're very sparkly :D
dragonsangel68: HP - Slyth Dangerous to say I'll do anytdragonsangel68 on March 2nd, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
I've never posted anything personal on Facebook, mostly because I have extended family and friends that I do see on a regular basis (and some I haven't seen for years) on my FB, and if I want to tell them something then I'll tell them to their face or I'll phone them. I like the 'anonymity' lj offers in that respect :)

You have fires? Glad you're safe :)