No Longer Social

No more Twitter, Instagram, or even Micro.blog (even though that place is still great). No more syndicating my posts to various networks. My accounts still exist, but I’ve made most of my profiles private. For the foreseeable future, this site is the only place I’ll be posting anything publicly. I keep in touch with folks now solely through Messages.app and Slack.

I’ve stopped reading most news sites, opting instead for a list of RSS feeds in Reeder. Speaking of, here’s the feed for my link and article posts, and here’s the feed for my status updates.

Why? Dunno. Just feels like the right time?

I rage-quit Twitter last month after seeing a post that made me angrier than I’ve been in quite some time, and that made me start to rethink things. I don’t want to feel like that, and I certainly don’t want to voluntarily put stuff in front of me that gets in my head that way.

I’ll miss some of the voices on Twitter and the photos on Instagram (especially the folks who post their comics there–those were great). But Instagram is really just Facebook, and Twitter is a rage machine designed to evoke anger.

So much anger. I started asking myself daily, “How do so many people have so much energy to be so angry all of the time?” On the other side of the equation are culture warriors and edge lords who do nothing but try to provoke others, and it works.

I don’t get it. I don’t get any of it. I’d rather be a non-combatant.