I’m going to borrow a segment from my favorite podcasters, Jade and Keia, of Gettin’ Grown podcast, titled, Honesty Box. Here we go. I’m doing this because I know what I’m about to share is generally considered oversharing in society. I decided life is too short to conform to society’s model of typical.
Oversharing is an invented concept to describe being open in a manner others may find uncomfortable to witness. If they see it as awkward, it’s likely because they’ve learned it’s the expected reaction. Oversharing has a negative connotation resembling an insult. Many seem terrified of being accused of this social crime. I’m more interested in grokking the status quo of privacy in general, as it appears to be an endangered concept.
I know I’m naked. I suspect (and hope) others who are highly sensitive to the energies of others have accepted this knowledge by age 40, too. I don’t use energy worrying what I share online might be socially awkward. I was born into an energy crisis, literally and figuratively. Conservation and I go way back. (Inside joke with disabled people.)
I low-level analyze everything I observe. I’m convinced it’s a symptom of being human. I could give a lecture on light and dark colored car trends in the parking lot adjacent to my balcony, for example. I’ve been studying the patterns since I moved in. Because I’m alive and I notice. (No lecture, I promise.) 😂
I low-level study trends on my blogs, too. Such as variations in numbers of likes and comments between topics, writing styles, etc. It’s mostly a subconscious observation, but I’m aware enough to ponder what I’ll do with the data. Do I want people to like my posts? Or, more to the point, what does it mean when someone does?
When I click like on someone’s blog entry, it means more than one thing. It says I support the author, and read, watched, or viewed the information presented. It means I like the author. If you shared the same information in person, I would tell you out loud. (Even though people react in surprising ways when someone says, “I like you.”) That’s all.
The embarrassing part is the fact I assume everyone else does it for the same reasons. I suppose I could require people to agree this is what they mean before clicking in the future, but that seems like a lot of work to stop getting likes altogether. 😂 I feel a surge of joy when someone clicks it on one of my entries. Sometimes, I do a little dance.
It makes me happy because I see it as a deliberate connection with another human because it’s their will. You knew I was weird. 🙃 I don’t know of any like-bots running rampant on WordPress, so I know they’re genuine. I haven’t seen this discussed before so I’m glad we had this talk. Hopefully, you’ll share your thoughts in the comments. 💜
Tangent: Elon Musk was trying to be a hero when he sent the mini-submarine to Thailand. I think accusing him of doing it as a publicity stunt is vile. (He’s a celebrity. He can’t do much without publicity, eh?) Humans were in mortal danger. Instead of doing nothing and feeling helpless, he did the best he could manage in a short time. He has resources and wealth to make action possible, and he chose to act.
Elon Musk behaved like Ironman and Batman because it was his will. He doesn’t get credit for the rescue, but the potential loss of life was reduced to one Navy seal, (much respect.) He still took extraordinary measures to assist. He behaved like a hero. (More like Deadpool after quoted comments, but hero.) Cheers to Elon Musk, a hero in waiting.