The last week has been hard for me to be on Social Media. The terror attacks in Lebanon and France were hard, to be sure, in our always on culture. But the hardest part has been the outrage, the islamophobia and the fear – mainly the fear.
I just can’t handle the whirlwind of emotions, the people who attack when they disagree, and the utter ferocity. I just can’t hang. It is overwhelming me and my emotions, when they are already pretty frazzled just from doing my day job. Social Media has traditionally been where I go to relax.
So, I have decided to take a big step back. I’m not going cold turkey or anything – just purposefully limiting my involvement in those platforms. This also works well with my new strategy to make things for those who show up – my search for my 1000 true fans, if you will.
So here is what the new reality will look like, for now:
Hugh’s Links is a new blog I have created specifically to showcase cool things I find around the web. Sort of like a less focused version of The Hughsletter. As I say in the FAQ’s, the guiding principal behind it is that humans are awesome and the world is beautiful. For those of you whose internet experience is more than eight years or so old, you know that this is what blogging used to look like. I am thinking this will be fun.
I have a “writer’s page” on Facebook I have mostly ignored. I am now going to use it to highlight my writing and to connect with my fans. If you want to follow along, I encourage you to like that page.
Twitter is different than Facebook, and easier for me to work with, so I will still be there for now. Feel free to follow me over there.
The Hughsletter has replaced a lot of my regular blogging. Five beautiful things every Monday to start your week – what are you waiting for? I encourage you to subscribe.
There will be other new projects coming down the pike – a podcast is the one I am working hardest on. But whatever they are, they will be announced here, first. For my fans.