This post just popped into my mind as I lay convalescing from surgery recently. I took notice of a few things…
Readers have an appetite for imaginative thinkers and insightful ideas. Can social media deliver that?
After all, good writing takes time, research, and passion, where internet readers demand fast and concise. The web is synonymous with fast and the idea people only want a few paragraphs to read. Are people tiring of this and do we want more?
So… what do we want to spend time consuming?
Noticing a spike in readership lately and lots of thoughtful comments, this got me to thinking about substance and quality in 500 words or less.
I thought, we just might be what we read in the same light that we are what we eat.
Wolfing down that fast food burger is like reading many posts, feasting on mental junk food – quick and convenient. Wouldn’t you rather have a juicy Grade A steak instead? One to savior and take your time eating?
Are we so consumed by Facebook and Twitter that reasoning comes into question? Where we ingest social media like a fast food meal, with little nutritional value leaving you always hungry for more.
Think about that next time Facebook keeps you in your seat for hours on end. Can you remember what you read or saw – something to ponder or react to emotionally? FB and Twitter happen at lightening speed with incoming posts.
I know, a snarkfest, but at least it is not a kitty sunning on the deck. What are we losing by this brevity of bland?
So why am I blogging about value? Well lately, my blog has been attracting some very fine blogs. Blogs with valuable information of their own that really make you think.
Click on comments in recent posts and you will find a few blogs with very knowledgeable and talented writers. It is a bonus when blogs of interest show up in comments.
I keep busy here answering comments and as always, visiting those that comment. It is how I found some good ones too.
I believe readers want substance. Not the usual stuff we see, like a few shoots popping up, or somebody’s cat laying on the deck, posts with real meat to the articles.
We get lots of trivial and funny information from tweets and Facebook updates, yes, but…
People get spread so thin posting to so many formats and as readers, there is no time or energy to keep up. Are we now asking for writing that’s full of thought, emotion, insight, and cool info, things that used to be important to writing? In a way, I think we are.
Why poppies? They just popped into my head. Now off to read some good stuff.