Learning Personal Growth Reflection The Internet

The addictive nature of Twitter

Twitter is the only thing that’s ever made me feel addicted. The combination is my catnip: learning interesting things, seeing pretty art, following live events as they unfold (especially ones that seem poorly covered by the news), venting about politics, and pumping up my emotions.

I fought back against my Twitter addiction by hard blocking the domain, which worked reasonably well for several years. Except I wasn’t really free of it, because I managed a Twitter account for work. So I was still on Twitter multiple days a week, and writing tweets. Even when I got some colleagues to pitch in shifts on managing Facebook, I was always solely responsible for Twitter. Then when the pandemic hit and I switched to remote work, I had to unblock the domain on my computer so I could access my work Twitter account. I resisted posting and engaging on my personal Twitter account, but reading alone is enough to rile me up.

Now that I have quit my job, for the first time in nearly eight years I truly have a choice about whether to use Twitter.

I agree with Ben Werd: “Iā€™m afraid of leaving Twitter for two reasons: because I might miss something from someone, and because someone might miss something from me. In other words, I feel like I need to be on the platform to stay informed for the good of myself, and to let people know about the work Iā€™m doing for the good of my career.”

The Internet Websites

Analog Meets Online: Session Thoughts

Replied to IndieWeb Popup: Analog Meets Online (

How do the fun and potential of our personal websites, and the connection of online community, extend into our offline lives and spaces? How are people playing with the boundaries of virtual and offline life? How can websites enhance physical places, things and events?

Let’s share our analog-virtual projects and ideas (and examples you’ve seen), explore what excites us about the future, discuss how online and in-person community and events interface and enhance each other, and reflect on bigger picture questions about the blending of these spheres in our lives and society.

This was a fun session! Although I booked it for two hours, we wound up talking for nearly three šŸ˜‚ Lots of interesting ideas and perspectives and discussion.

How to meet people / show you’re open to meeting people online

Virtual calling card <– is that like pinging a webmention to someone’s homepage? šŸ¤” Or was that the intent of Guestbooks back in the day? As a reader of a lot of historic fiction, it tickles my fancy to think of a virtual version of Visiting Hours when people could leave their card if you weren’t home to let you know they came, and/or you’d be sure to be around to see whoever came… which leads to:

Virtual office hours that people can book to talk with you — I think I saw someone offering this in their email footer? Something like they reserved an hour or two a week and people could book 15-minute slots with them? Can’t find it now…

Drop-in unprogrammed live video calls –> online public spaces?

Self Care

Listening to your FOMO

Quoted Year 2021 in Photos by Mikko Lagerstedt (

Fear of missing out is your inner compass on what you should be doing.

I don’t know that this is always true but worth considering.