A Year of Sharing


I took a month off from social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to try to  gain a bit of perspective. I really didn’t have a good feeling for them because they were mostly adding noise to my life. Over the last 6 months I have been trying to remove sources of distraction and things that aren’t adding value to my life. I started with political websites and eventually got to Twitter, Facebook, and the like.

Don’t get me wrong.  I absolutely love Twitter because it’s a fantastic way to get information. With only a few exceptions though I don’t find it very social, it’s more like shouting into a windstorm.

Facebook I’ve been ignoring for awhile. I slammed it like so many others.  The 5by5 crowd loves to point out how they just don’t have time for Facebook. Just too much crap on there. It’s all “normal” people now. But it doesn’t have to be that way. When I rejoined Facebook I’ve deliberately kept my friend list small. I only want the people i really want to share things with on there.

Then I came across Path on the iPhone. This is an intriguing application. Everything is private to a limited set of friends. It has the ability to cross-post to Facebook and Twitter. It has a wonderful user interface that makes it fun to use and chronicle your life. I’ve been trying it out for a few days and it’s got me thinking:  what if I jump fully back in to the social networking thing using Path as my gateway?

Insert Facebook Timeline thoughts (very much like Path, or maybe its the other way around, Path 2.0 is like the FB timeline).

On Christmas Eve this year I decided that for the next year I’m going to chronicle my life using Path, Facebook, and this blog. I’ve done a poor job so far, aside from taking photos, of doing anything to record my life as it stands right now. My kids are still very young and I want them to have something to look back on when they’re older. I’ve always missed that about my own life, not having a good recording of my family life growing up. So I’m going to post day-to-day goings-on with photos as well as try to recount stories here of my own past that they can have later in their lives.

How will I get this all into some form that will survive?  That’s another posting 😉

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