BLOGSTUFF + THE FACEBOOK PHENOMENON
I will still be doing the weblog thing about once a week, for my own enjoyment and hopefully for yours as well. My blog didn't die a few months back, and it won't die now. It was kind of like it had a serious illness, then was reborn into something else as it recuperated. I would prefer it remains a random collection of snapshots and glimpses into my life, rather than the fun but negatively-focused thing it used to be.
I still have plenty of opinions, mostly leftist and agnostic, but I feel no need to try and convince others (particularly those who will never agree with me anyway or who consider me stupid for what I believe) that my way is the only way. An argument is not a real argument when someone's purpose is simply to show off or lecture, versus actually listening to and learning from the other person. And most of the arguing I have seen on internet blogs is not arguing, but rather a contest where the animals see who can do the best job of marking territory.
So while my blog is reduced to where it will be about me and my little world, I have discovered Facebook in recent months... and Facebook seems to (at least potentially) be about a lot of people and a lot of things.
I have been spending most of my online recreational time with Facebook lately. I find Facebook to be a great social networking tool. I am finding all kinds of people I had lost track of for the last 30-40 years, discovering people I went to high school with and about whom I now ask myself "Why didn't I know this person back then, or pay more attention to him or her back then?" There are so many REALLY GREAT people I'm finding, as I make new friends from among those with whom I have been merely acquainted until now. It is an expanding kind of experience, and it is helping me learn more about other people, that my life is not the end-all and be-all in the world.
From talking with other "Facebook friends", I find that "Facebook friends" are often kind of in several groups. These are mine:
2. Friends I have known for years
3. People I know from work
4. Local people I have seen frequently at our band's shows, and who have made positive comments about our band
5. The aforementioned people I should have known years ago and are just now discovering... my "lost friends", if you will.
Sometimes these groups bleed into one another, and my hope is that some of my friends from one area can find friends from one of my others... that my FB page can serve as a tool for some of friends who don't know each other getting to know each other!
I haven't gotten into the Facebook games and apps, and don't really plan to. I spend enough time on Facebook as it is, just keeping up with everyone on my "friends" list.
If you aren't already, I would like you to be my Facebook friend!
My Facebook page is much like my blog nowadays in that I avoid the heavy stuff and mostly just want to have fun there. If I want "heavy", I can go look at the TV news or at online news sites.
Search for me under "John Evans", and since there are thousands of those (!), refine your search for "Tri-Cities, WA". (I live about 120 miles from the Tri-Cities, or the Dry-Shitties as they are sometimes known, but I guess with Facebook it uses regions rather than specific towns for refining searches.)
And in case you use a name other than your own when you post on blogs, please send a message along with your friend request to let me know who you are.
And for those of you whose names I already know... I might find some of you first! 8-)>