Saturday, October 13, 2012
In the Air...
I think it's more than just a seasonal shift, but it feels like there's an increase in general unease, restlessness, insecurity, boredom, and prickly despair. I can almost hear someone in the background saying, "le sigh".
I've only just picked up on this myself. I've been so busy with my own projects that I haven't really realized it until now. Looking up from my work, I've noticed there's a proverbial and subtle change in atmospheric lighting... a little grayer and a little less substantial. In the blogosphere, I have seen a growing number of die-hard bloggers slacken the frequency of their posts or lighten the emotional depth of their entries. (Myself included.) I've also become aware of the lackluster responses to the content that is generated. Recently, a very prominent blogger mentioned that she was blue... in yesteryear, her post would have received hundreds of comments... nowadays... maybe ten. Did people just get used to her sadness? Did they stop caring? Did they stop reading? Who knows?
And maybe it's just me... or has there been an increase in activity on social networking sites like, Facebook? I see more and more people turning to sound-bite sized status updates as opposed to longer entries. With my own blog, I've noticed a drastic reduction of unique visitors and a higher percentage of the people that do read the blog using the Networked Blogs feed in my Facebook stream. I try to avoid statistics, but every once in awhile, I get curious to see the numbers and how people are using the blog. I've been blogging long enough to know that there are seasonal dips in readership, usually corresponding to major holidays or around the school year or work day... but it seems like, from what I can tell... something "more". And it's not just me. Others have sort of noticed it too.
One of the other things there's been a lot of is fighting and bickering... and not just online either. Is it because it's an election year? I don't know. In the past, I might have said that it was because of the recession... but numbers are up and it seems like people are doing better financially. But there's still something there, like a trace musty smell. With the general funk in the air, there's also been a reaction to it with one-minute meditations, "uplifting" chain letters, inspiring pictures with quotes, and people trying to do "something" about the "something" that's there, in the air. Is this blog post another "something" about "something"? I don't know.