This post is part of SoCS:http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-2114/Like…like…what do I like? Well, first of all, I really like Linda’s SoCS 🙂 Because I like to write, and I find this prompt to be the most liberating of the ones I have tried so far. I like to see where the “train of thought” goes each week.
When I saw the word “like” I of course thought about blogs and other “social media” which have forever changed the meaning of this word. “Like us on FaceBook” says the sign in…the chiropractor’s office. Really? The chiropractor’s office? Odd…and this sign can be found in every other sort of business these days. I have a FB account. I don’t use it. I used to use it to keep in touch with two or three people, people who I didn’t keep up with in any other way, but the truth is, FB became too publicized, too monetized, too drenched in ads, too…impersonal. Then there were the privacy issues. I rarely look at FB anymore.
And then, there are the ubiquitous “likes.” What does this even mean? Even on WordPress I wonder. I use this button, but I try to use it thoughtfully and if possible in conjunction with some little comment to let the blogger know what it was that I “liked” about their post. Yes, it’s nice to be “liked.” But it is even nicer to hear what is was that someone liked. I read this amazing post last week by Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert, about this topic, and I have been thinking about it a lot since then. It’s too easy to just click the “like” button without thinking of the reasons why one would do that. It should mean something, to “like.” I admit that I sometimes click “like” just to let a blogger know that I appreciate his/her writing or art in a general sense, but have no specific comment to make, or just to let him/her know I was there reading and that I really hope he or she keeps writing. I want to start spending more consideration on this. I think that blogging is a more thoughtful way of communicating than FB or Twitter, or texting, it’s more like writing a “real” letter or story. Clicking that “Publish” button always raises my heart rate just a smidge because it seems like a real “commitment,” not just an offhand comment. What I say here, I say to “tout le monde” (wow, I really prefer saying that in French now, instead of “everybody” or “the whole world.” Don’t know why…I just LIKE it better 😉 ) So I try to be careful what I say. Blogging is thinking. It’s considered, it’s deliberate, and I love it. I mean, I “like” it. Anyway it’s lucky for me that this is an actual “prompt” to be Stream of Consciousness, because otherwise I am making a lie of my own previous sentence! 😛
“To like” – It’s a verb, but it’s also an emotion. It means that I feel a particular fondness for something/someone, or that I feel a connection to something/someone, or that I desire to possess something that I see, or that something I see inspires me to do or make something similar…so many meanings. So today I think that I would Like to do a little writing; I would Like to see if I can improve my style, or try something different, or inspire someone else to do the same.
Happy Summer to…tout le monde!