I’m sort of antisocial . . . media

It’s been a little quiet on here lately, so I’m going to fill the space with a little bit of a rant.  Just a little one, though.  Soon I should have something more interesting — and perhaps edible — to share.

Here’s a collage of the former contents of my “Getting Dressed” board on Pinterest. 

I’ve never had a Facebook or Myspace account. I have nothing against them, really.  They just never appealed to me. I have this blog and that’s about it. Well, there’s Tumblr . . . but I don’t know if that really counts as social media.  For some folks it sure does (Oh the promos!), but I just use it as a sort of “mood board” for my writing.  My follower count is laughably low.  I flirted with Twitter for a while but I couldn’t come up with more than one tweet-able one-liner a week so I gave up on the idea.  I recently got hooked on Pinterest but now, only a month later, I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with misleading links, horrendously bad spelling, and enough misinformation presented as fact to make the Dalai Lama’s faith in humanity waiver.

I am going to resist the urge to expand on that.  Ooooh the things I’ve seen . . .

Anyhoo, what I am switching to is a free app called Pocket (formerly known as Read It Later) which does exactly the same thing as Pinterest — but without the other people!  (Hooray!)  I can still save links to recipes and articles (with little photos to jog my memory) and keep them in folders.  But I don’t have to put up with a dashboard full of people painfully deconstructing subtle satire (“lol!!!!!  its funny cuz . . .”) and suggesting 844 calorie smoothies for weight loss.*

This is all part of a larger trend in my life brought on by reading a book called Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke.  One of the takeaways for me from that book was that decluttering should  not be limited to the physical world.  Ms. Blanke recommends that you “throw out” mental clutter like old grudges and poor self-image.  Just like cleaning house, cleaning your subconscious is not an overnight endeavor; but it is delightfully satisfying when successful.  Since reading this book I have been working not just on throwing out (or, more often, donating to charity) physical stuff in my home that makes me feel bad, but also unhealthy notions of myself and other people and anything in my routine that pisses me off.  Naturally it can’t all go — I don’t want to get myself tossed away for tax evasion.  This is also what brought on the switch from LoveApples to SterlingFink.

Now, if only I could finally get rid of this godawful desk! (Long story)

— Amanda

*Not kidding.  It’s here.

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3 thoughts on “I’m sort of antisocial . . . media

  1. I know what you mean about Pinterest. I guess the “not necessarily fact” thing doesn't bother me as much, since I mostly use it for “remember” type things (quotes– I don't care who said it, if I like the quote, I like the quote.), and especially for crochet!! I love my “Yarn Porn” board (and appreciate the triple-pun “Ballsack” you sent me *grin*) and I'm finding a lot of meaningful quotes. The thing I find irritating is not being able to find the real source, or the supposed source is a flagged site.

    The mental aspect of the book you mentioned was definitely helpful, particularly since it strikes straight to my core. One would think, “If something doesn't make you happy, irritates you, or reminds you of bad things, get it out of your environment” is common sense. I suppose it is, but it is one I lacked (past tense). I am very grateful you posted about that book. I might look at the rest of it later, but that portion was what I was after when I bought it.

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  2. Yup! I'm considering getting rid of at least a half shelf of “clean house/organize/de-clutter” books. Of course, that would require me finding all the places those particular books are located. . . 😉 I think I'll just keep the ones most meaningful/helpful to me, and seriously get rid of the rest (or make an art project of them, even if that's pretty much desecration.).

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