They say I'm old-fashioned and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!”
- Dr. Seuss
I've kind of always thought of myself as an "old soul" if you will. I really, truly appreciate things that are classic. I'm a fan of classic movies and television. I love period shows and movies. I like old songs and classic literature. Aside from Christian non-fiction, my list of books I've read over the past year are Wuthering Heights, Gone with the Wind, the Great Gatsby, and working on Scarlett. Our Netflix movie on the counter is "It's a Wonderful Life." My favorite subject, by far, is History. I'm a bit old-fashioned.
I've always been that way. Even before I lived my life as a wife, Mother, or preachers wife. My teenage rebellious years were filled with posters of the 70s and 80s rock music. I grew up on I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeanie and Bewitched. And oh my goodness... How I LOVE Hank Snow, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Darin and Hank Williams! Absolutely, I've always been more old-fashioned than 'cool'. I suppose some things will just never change!
Those who know me also know this very much affects my presence online. I grow very weary of social media, very fast. I think my entire lifetime Twitter account lasted a few months at best. I've toyed with Facebook and Instagram time and time again, and always end up jumping ship. It never really sticks with me. I tend to gravitate to a place where people actually have to reach out and communicate with me. I enjoy handwritten letters and long phone calls. I enjoy long visits. I enjoy the way that people used to communicate. There's so much that is lost in the world of technology that takes away faces and adds these online personalities.
It's just the way that I am. I'm old-fashioned.
I think that it bothered me a lot when social media took place of face-to-face conversations. But what bothers me nowadays is that blogging is no longer old-fashioned.
It's hard to tell now whether a blogger is writing from heart, or doing some sort of advertisement. Which links are real, and which ones are affiliates? Sometimes you have to scroll through so many advertisements just to get to a good blog post. You wonder how long it took someone to take that Pinterest-worthy photograph? Or how much time it took to share on seven different social media platforms. Where are the days when people blogged to share their hearts? Or simply their family photos? Without all the following encouragements? Or why can't you join a linky party without getting a weekly email... not to mention the blogs that you have to decide whether or not you want to subscribe via pop-up just when opening the blog?
Perhaps that's harsh, and I'm sorry if your blog has one of those things. There are some wonderful blogs out there that I do take the time to go through the pop-ups and such to read your blogs, and I'm thankful for cookies to remember when I've been there before. But I do miss the time when blogging was just blogging. When the pictures on your blog were just simple things thrown up from your camera or phone. Not something that took a photoshop class to make it look nice.
A part of me is grateful for the art of blogging that has financially supported SO many families and stay-at-home Mom's. I am thankful for the Pinterest ideas that have enriched our homeschooling experience. Just like anything else, there is good, and then there is bad. But honestly, when it comes to blogging, I think I want to be a little more old-fashioned than I have been in the past.
I changed my blog back to an old "Cutest Blog on the Block" template. I think it's fantastic :) It's not 'responsive', so if you're a person who only reads blogs on your phone it probably doesn't look as nice as it does on my Chromebook. Although at the rate we are going phone screens will be the size of Chromebooks in a few years, I believe.
So perhaps I am old-fashioned. And perhaps I'll slowly be inclined to ease in with the rest of the world. Hey, I have had a smartphone for three years now without switching back to my basic phone, so I am progressing. However, some things need to stay old-fashioned. Like good music, good books, and comfort food.. old-fashioned is okay from time to time.
Expect more on unplugging in the near future :) It's been far too long since I've visited that happy place.