Sunday, February 15, 2009

Nat, this one's for you!

It has been so long since I've posted that I almost wasn't able to access my blog account. To all of my faithful blog followers, I am deeply sorry. What's to blame for my absence from the blogging world....well there are several reasons (you know, the usual) um.....Christmas, spending New Years/Grand Targhee with intellectuals, work, a Bar Mitzvah, training for a half marathon, planning a cruise, being anxiously engaged in the engagement process, etc. But I would have to admit, the reason for lack of posting could be summed up in one word--Facebook.

Lydia once described the appeal of Facebook as "instant gratification!" I wouldn't hesitate to say that she's quite right. It's quick and easy. I only have to post my status (that's thinking of only one witty or thought-provoking thing to say); that's IF I want to say anything at all. People request your "friendship" and "write on your wall." For a brief moment, and I mean brief, you feel really important. In all honesty, it's very reminiscent of Jr. High and High School. It's pretty fun! Now, having said that, it's been a couple months since I joined and it's starting to lose that shiny, new feeling (which isn't necessarily bad). That exciting feeling comes and goes, but ultimately, I try not to waste too much time checking my profile, writing on walls, and such anymore.

I definitely believe that there are many positive uses for Facebook AND blogs! My fear, however, is that I will become too consumed in this electronic "reality" and miss out on what's happening in my TRUE reality. I'm single! I'm young! I'm done with school--I WANT TO LIVE IT UP! There are places to go, people to meet, food to try.... I suppose this blog and Facebook is where I can document said experiences and share them with all of you. Hmmm.

Why is it so hard for me to do... actually sitting down and posting? Is it that I prefer actual human contact, talking to someone in person, or hearing some one's voice on the end of the line? or am I just lazy? Many people describe their blog as their journal. I can relate to that. Clearly my blog posts are not entirely what a formal journal entry would contain. Maybe, I don't post because I feel I should be writing in my "real life" journal instead.

Does anyone else worry that they don't listen as well as they use to? or know how to carry on a conversation with a person face to face? Sometimes I feel like such a goof. I know exactly what to say, as long as it's in "text" form, or "wall" form, or "comment" form; but coming up with something to say on the spot stumps me.

This has become a most random post. It's nothing like I thought it would be in the beginning. I don't even know if there is point to this post...maybe I just needed a moment to reflect (sounds very journally, don't you think?)
At least I can say that I posted!

16 comments:

Jessie said...

I have a love/hate relationship with the blog. As for Facebook, I kind of hate it, but I like that I can check on people super quick and post pictures so easily.

By the way, it was FABULOUS to hang out with you last week! I'm about to blog my bar mitzvah post. Now you're excited, I know it.

Laura Lee said...

I have a love affair with my blog, but a love/hate relationship with Facebook.

I don't think people ask other people about their lives and their feelings enough these days because it's easier, passive and more convenient to read about it at one's leisure.

I hope you come to our discussion group when we talk about this!

Maria said...

I'm glad to see you post and I think Facebook is lame 90% of the time.

P.S. You are fired if you came to NYC and didn't tell me.

Shann said...

Maria! I texted you twice while we were there. We were only there for a day trip...my phone was not working in NYC (weird I know), so I texted you from Michelle's phone. We were SOOOO sorry that we missed you, but I am definitely planning a summer or early fall trip. Will you still be there? Please tell me yes!!!

Shann said...

Maria! I texted you twice while we were there. We were only there for a day trip...my phone was not working in NYC (weird I know), so I texted you from Michelle's phone. We were SOOOO sorry that we missed you, but I am definitely planning a summer or early fall trip. Will you still be there? Please tell me yes!!!

Maria said...

Bummer, I didn't get anything. I will send you a text from my phone The number changed in December- that is probably the issue. I will definitely have to catch you on your next trip. I will still be here!

Natalie said...

Shanna, all you have to blog about is laffy taffy jokes. It's so easy.

But welcome back. All your praise for facebook had me considering it for a nanosecond. Then the love/hate comments from your followers jolted me back to my anti-facebook reality. If I do join that junior high cyber locker room one day, you are welcome to be the first to call me a hypocrite.

LOVE YOU!!!!! And I get to see you tonight! This day just gets better and better.

Jenn said...

I 100% agree with the love / hate of facebook but I must add that every time I log-on it makes me fill like I have friends and lots of them. It gives me a sense that people know that I'm still out there. If I don't post a photo or comment for weeks at a time, I have a hope that, the illusional and some real friends might assume I have been eaten by my gigantic cat and come looking for me. So in a way, I facebook as a safety precaution!

Great Post!

It's Me...shell said...

Way to post Shan! I have the same feelings about these things. But since being married and living in Logan it's hard to keep contact with anyone without those things.

Natalie said...

UM... PUERTO RICO???

Update, please!

hmilne said...

Are you really training for a half marathon?? I am thrilled you have caught the running bug...it will change your life!!

Love Holly

McBride Family said...

You have a blog! Awesome! I love it all. The Madonna one made me laugh and the things about yourself were great too. Loveyou!

Natalie said...

Per the link on Jessi's blog, I implore you to write about the trashbag-towelhead-headlamp adventure!

Come on Shan.

Natalie said...

Do you want me to just take over blogging for you? I know enough about your life to keep a relatively active blog going for you. I swear I'll do it. And I'll make tons of grammar and spelling errors on purpose.

Natalie said...

You asked for it.

lydia said...

I came back, so it's your turn. ;)

Miss your charm and wit. Love your face.