Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ARE YOU TIRED OF SOCIAL MEDIA YET?

When I worked years ago, most interactions happened with face to face meetings, or impromptu talks in the breakroom.  We also used the phone...a lot.

In 2009, I started using the Internet mostly to enter contests and to do book reviews.


Almost all of my contacts are maintained in a SpongeBob Address Book or my Planner.  I think I may have 3 people in my phone contacts.  Very few people will write down a phone number on a piece of paper these days.

I have 6 email accounts, but my main one has a little over 66,000 emails disbursed throughout Primary, Social, Forums, and Updates. I know that's a lot, but it used to be so much worse.  In addition, I maintain this blog, and can be found on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

With a Pad, two phones and a laptop, I'm literally on-line in some form or fashion, at least 13 hours a day.  Some people are on even more than I am.


Many days I just want to pick up the phone to call all my wonderful blogger friends to shoot the breeze, and to find out what's going on in their lives.  But bloggers blog, right? We don't actually chat with anyone, right?

There are plenty of times that we feel the need to unplug, but messages and e-mails will go unanswered, and work will pile up, making us cringe inside.
What will happen to our followers/friends?  Will we miss a special event from an author? Will we lose all the fun and excitement we've grown addicted to?!  What in the world will life be like in 2028, which is just 10 years from now? Will we all still be connected?  Will we be talking more and typing less, or vice versa?


LEADING ACTOR
Do you remember Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch from back in the 80's and 90's? His older brother Donnie is a member of New Kids on the Block.
Then he went on to become the face and "abs" of Calvin Klein underwear.  According to Forbes, the now well respected and happily married Mark Wahlberg is Hollywood's highest paid actor for 2017, raking in a total of $68 million dollars for his efforts.  

Most Dangerous City in the World
According to MSN World News, the most dangerous city in the world for 2 years in a row is a place most of us have never even heard of, even though it's the capital. With over 4 million people, Caracas Venezuela,  has a homicide rate of 130 per 100,000 people, and is considered the homicide capital of the world!  Murders happen there consistently, any time of the day or night.


WEIRD NEWS
Can you imagine using a browser called Backrub? That's what founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin originally wanted to call their invention from a garage in California.  
We now know they decided to go with Google, which was incorporated in 1998, and is worth about $500 billion dollars.

NEW BOOK TO TRY
With over 800 million novels sold, Danielle Steele is still doing her thing.  She puts a spin on a classic with her latest novel Fairytale, due for release on October 10, 2017.  This time there's a wicked stepmother and two wicked stepsons to update the story.








Don't forget that today is an important day for us to celebrate!  Yay!!!!!





51 comments:

  1. I have really gotten tired of the whole Facebook thing, even though the majority of my friends there are people I have known face to face, but as far as actual communication I get more of that from my blogging friends, I had to step away/ unplug for a while after my heart surgery, and most of you understood and were right there when I came back, I have a feeling had some of you known my phone number you would have checked in... Ok before I write a post and get off subject right here I will say in ten years I hope we are still communicating, whether it be through our blogs, telephone, in person or however. My blogging friends are the best and "that's all I'm going to say about that"

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    1. Jimmy, you are just the best, and I'm sending you and your wife some cyber hugs...

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  2. Blogging is the extent of my social media exposure - and I already spend more time on-line than I am truly comfortable with. Just the same the warmth and the wonder of the blogosphere blows me away. I have wept with and for other bloggers, laughed with them, celebrated with them and learnt from them...

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    1. I hear you on that one EC. It's easy to spend a lot of time on line for sure. I agree, the kindness of my blogger friends is just amazing because I've laughed, enjoyed and learned so much. Sending some Cyber Hugs your way! RO

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  3. Right now I'm on FB and Twitter and my blog. I don't have a cell phone just a landline and my laptop. I'm not online all the time but a good chunk of time. lol

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    1. I do most of my talking from the landline, but most people reach out to me via Facebook. I use the cell phone for freebies and deals in most instances. Hugs...

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  4. Ten years from now we will have chips and won't have to carry a phone to be connected..lol

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    1. That's a scary thought, Kim (lol), but I fear you may be right. Hugs...

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  5. Haha...I would miss my blogging friends if I'm not online.

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    1. Like you, I've grown addicted to chatting with other bloggers because I've been learning so much. Sometimes, I'd like to pick up the phone and talk with them if I could, though. Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello! Hugs...RO

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  6. Blogging is great and you meet some wonderful people.
    As usual RO, another inspiring post!

    Hugs 💮

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  7. I’m crazy tired of social media. I made the mistake of becoming a social media expert OMG, I’m on it all the time, it feels like it’s taking over my life in the worst way possible. I love your SpongeBob address book. I try to update my paper phone book every few months just incase I lose my phones and my contacts. Wow! I’m online about 8 to 9 hours a day, 13 hours seems like a serious challenge. I would love a week where i don’t get on social media, but then I wouldn’t get paid lol. I love love love my blogging friends. MY blogging buddies are seriously my family, i depend on them for love and support and hope they feel the same way about me.

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  8. An interesting take on aspects of social media. And I love blogging and meeting new people.

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  9. I am a little burned out on all forms of social media. I spend way too much time on Facebook, to be honest. It's the only way I really know what's going on in the world. Which means I pretty much know politics, what's going on in Florida (where my parents live), and what's going on in my town. Facebook Groups haven't done me any favors, either. Although I've gotten a few jobs out of them (none that lasted, though), mostly it just takes me away from work. But I guess I need that balance! I would rather communicate with someone through Facebook Messenger or comments on FB than on the phone, though. I am NOT a phone talker!

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  10. Oh yes, with blogging, social media has taken centre stage. I am almost constantly online these days and so are most of my friends. I guess it works for the introvert in me.

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  11. I've said this from day 1, I am a blogger. You won't find me on G+, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, Periscope, or Twitter. I barely have time to make art, respond to my blogger friends, photograph my art, and write posts, much less find time for those other social media groups. I agree that it would be nice to get on the phone and talk to some of my blogger friends, but that doesn't really happen. Another thing you won't find me on is Google. I refuse to use their internet search service.

    I'm so glad you pointed out how long you are on the internet each day. I'm just thrilled to have met you and I love your "just one more thing" at the end of your blog posts. You have become a dear friend and I have only known you for a very, very short period of time. Keep those posts coming because I adore them all.

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    1. That's pretty fascinating, and I have to admire your commitment to sticking strictly with blogging when it comes to the social media piece. I suck at art,(lol) but something about hanging out with artsy people, and admiring their work is really cool to me. Anna, the blogger I spend time with occasionally, (we went to see Ed Sheeran)is another one, along with a few more. A person who can create art really has a true gift.

      There are days when I feel like I'm not on social media enough, and other days I just need to spend time finishing up a good book, because I am a serious reader. My TBR pile is literally in the hundreds because I'm so behind.

      Ultimately, I would like to just get everyone's phone number and put in my Spongebob Address Book so I can call a blogger and just say "hey"(lol), but I don't know if it will ever happen, as you mentioned.

      I don't know how I found your blog, but I love, love, love it! Thanks so much for enjoying my Columbo quote. He was and is the best the detective in the world.

      When I started this blog, a friend told me it was "fake", and it hurt, but ultimately, I know that I'm doing what I like to do, so he was basically ignored. (lol) Thanks for the kudos. You've made my Saturday! Hugs...RO

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  12. Danielle Steele's up and coming sounds great.I read the other day that Nora sells a book every three minutes. Can you imagine?
    As always all kinds of fun info here, Ro.
    Have a great one.
    Hugs

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    1. Wow! I have quite a few of Nora Roberts' books, but had no idea she was selling a book that quickly. That's amazing!!!! Hope you're doing well Super Sandra! Hugs...

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  13. Hi RO :) Your description is way too much social media for me. I'm quite old school. I have binders and journals and notepads sitting on my table, I jot things down, I have an address book too. :) My bf said one of the things that attracted me to him was the fact that I wasn't glued to facebook. Blogging is it for me, and that's enough social media! It's very enjoyable and you're right, bloggers blog, that's what we do and what we enjoy! :)

    Oh, I still call them Marky Mark and Donny D lol...gotta love Marky's muscles!

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    1. LOL - I'm not alone with my papers thank goodness, and yes I still adore Marky Mark. Even better I love that he loves his family so much. I love your artwork and your blog and you've got a lot going on in your life which is so amazing. Keep doing what you do! Hugs...and Happy Saturday!

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  14. Wow! A lovely lot of interesting stuff here, thank you.
    National Book Reading Day, now that is good news.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jan! I appreciate you! Hugs...

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  15. I am not burned out with social media, but I was. I had to get some balance. I adore the blogging community I'm part of.

    That's hilarious about Google might having been called Backrub. And wow, Mark Wahlburg has come a ways.

    Fun tidbits! I've read my book for Read a Book Day. ;)

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    1. My blogging friends have really taught me so much, Super Sophia! I thought the Backrub thing was really a hoot! Hugs...RO

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  16. "I don't know, backrub it!" doesn't have the same ring to it

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    1. Doesn't sound really crazy, Adam? It still makes me scratch my head. (lol) Hugs...

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  17. It's fascinating to think about where we will be in 10 years! Will cybernetic implants be available lol for us to connect without even using a computer or phone? Who knows?? I do love social media but I also think it's good to have a break and get away.

    Backrub... wow, that's funny!

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    1. I can't even say I get how they came up with "Backrub" as a name, and then to switch to Google. So different, and funny! I hope I'm around in 2028 to see what's next, Greg! Happy Saturday. Hugs...RO

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  18. Ro, since I consider your blog one I check each day, may I please add it to my left sidebar? I'll only do so with your permission.

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    1. Absolutely! That would be so cool to be on the sidebar, and thanks so much for the consideration. My morning is just getting better and better! YAY!!! I was working on a project that caused me to get behind on my responses, and I'm so, so sorry for the delay in responding. Hugs...

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  19. It’s scary to think of all the changes that might happen between now and 2028 – it sounds like such a long time away, but of course it’s not.
    Note to self – don’t worry about visiting Caracas Venezuela anytime between now and 2028 you might just not come back!
    I regard every day as national read a book day – one day is never enough! :)

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    1. I agree that one day is just not enough when it comes to reading Barbara! It is scary to see what will be going on in 2028, but also exciting. My hope is that people find ways to connect more face to face. I know, right? Caracas is dangerous in just about every neighborhood. Hope your Saturday is fabulous! Hugs...RO

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  20. A lot of my close blogger friends live in the US, and I live in Europe, so we don't chat on the phone. But we do chat online. Privately. And that's awesome! We both blog and chat ;)
    I hope that in 2028, I will have mastered the art of teleportation. I wish I could just blink my eyes (after having my mom agree) and show up in her kitchen to have a coffee before I go back from Norway to Switzerland to spend time with my husband and children :D
    I don't get as many e-mails as you, but sometimes, I wish I got less! I go through my e-mail subscriptions every month-ish to see if there are subscriptions I should just unsubscribe from.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Lexxie! It's so great to see you and hope all is well! I love that I get to experience Europe through your eyes from trips etc., but I also wish every blogger could somehow find a way to talk on the phone for free no matter where they lived. (lol) I agree with the teleportation thing, because that would be just too fun! I've got down the big one by 2000 or so, but I still have a long way to go. Thank goodness the other email addresses are more manageable. So thrilled you stopped by and hope your weekend is going great! Hugs...

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  21. RO, how very true my friend. I never had so many friends since I started blogging/reviewing/web-living. I in fact now consider some of my on-line friends my closest and have even managed to meet a few in person. I would love to meet you and many other of my now closest friends. xo

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    1. I agree that the blogger friends I've met have so much more in common with me than people I see in person. I've learned so much and met some really great people that I admire. Meeting them all in person would be so wonderful! Hugs...

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  22. Wow, 66K emails. You are a popular woman!
    And blog friends are the best friends;)
    Have a great one.
    Hugs,

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    1. LOL - I wish I could say it was popularity, but it's a lot of stuff tied to that email that I've had since 2008. I'm also involved in all these other crazy groups and activities. I agree that blogger friends are the best, and you're one of them. You are truly amazing and supportive. I owe you a cheeseburger when I'm in Charlotte. (lol) Hugs...

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  23. People think it's crazy that I don't have a smart phone but I love not always being connected to the internet. I do spend a lot of time online due to my blog but I try to limit that to just the mornings while I'm drinking my coffee. Then I move on with my day. It would be great if us bloggers could get together in person and shoot the breeze. :)

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    1. I have a landline, which I prefer. The smartphone is to get freebies and coupon deals, and direct messages, and the other cell is for emergencies if I get stuck somewhere. So I don't think it's crazy at all. As a reader, I wish I could unplug for extended periods of time, and call blogger friends on the phone, but I don't think it will ever happen. It would be great if blogger friends could simply hang out and talk. Hope your Saturday is amazing!

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  24. I can't handle social media. I have a Twitter but I'm not great about using it consistently - same with Instagram. I feel like I'm maxed out with blogging and blog visiting. I do love my blog friends. And wow! 66,000 emails! I though mine was crazy!

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    1. I just got it down to 64,000, so I'm chipping away at it daily, Katherine. (lol) Meeting new blog friends has really been such fun! No I don't see you much on Twitter, but I've seen some cool Pinterest stuff. I know you have a heavy schedule, but somehow you're getting it all done. Happy Saturday! Hugs...

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  25. I used to be on twitter, pinterest and a few others but decided they weren't for me. the only place you can find me online is my blog and I'm kind of slow at it. I just think with social media you have to move fast and if you're pretty slow like me at updating, it doesn't work well.

    going offline isn't so bad but the part about working piling, now that's the only thing I fear.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. You're right. Lissa. You really need to be on it consistently, which I sometimes don't do. But I hate any type of pileup for sure. Hugs...

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  26. I have a love hat relationship with Facebook. It is so good at keeping up with family and old friends, but also full of annoying crap and fake stories.

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    1. Facebook does have interesting things on it, for sure. I know a lot of people use Social Media for family to stay in touch. Sometimes there are some strange things on there, but Twitter is even worse. (lol) Hugs...and Happy Saturday! RO

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  27. It's always nice to get a call from a friend. Kind of like real actual mail vs email. lol

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    1. Girl, I'm so behind in responses because of that Yard Sale! I agree, I love getting mail still. Hugs...

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