It’s been a long time since I started sharing things on the Internet. It’s always just been a hobby, but nothing has ever trumped the days of actually working to get a post to appear to the world.
There was a time when one had to figure out HTML, figure out how to place it on a web server, and then figure out how to get people to notice that it was there. Usually that consisted of sending e-mails to friends and family asking them to check it out.
That all changed with so many tools that made it easier. Once Facebook hit and people figured out that they too could post anything and have a large audience. It’s so easy to do, that not much effort has to be placed on what is posted. There’s not much thought to it and that leads to a lot of mundane crap from everyone, myself included.
With 2014 ending, I think I’m going to place the constraint of only using social media as a way to tell everyone that I’ve posted something. I’ll take the time and effort to post my efforts on my own website. I own everything here. I control it all . With social media, they own it, control it, profit from it, censor it, and even claim copyright to it. I need to use them instead of the other way around.
If people find it to much trouble to click on the link to see my site from social media, I’m probably not posting anything worth reading anyhow.