So, I got your attention?
What do you feel better about, being called in a house for a cup of tea or coffee and nice, calm conversation, or being yelled at from all around at flea market while trying to find something you like?
Although it’s a little farfetched comparison, this is my exact feeling when I’m reading blogs and while I’m navigating trough odds and ends of timelines or streams on social networks.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware of benefits photographers and other people looking for attention are getting through social networks (I’m exploiting them my self), but my feeling is when it comes to reading and learning, blogs are just better. I’ll explain it soon.
I’ve just spent two weeks on vacation, without proper internet connection and I wasn’t spending to much time on my laptop. But the world didn’t stop while I was away, photos were taken, put on FB, G+, wherever and of course some people wrote blogs. I didn’t even try to scroll hundreds of posts on social networks to find some that would be interesting to read. All of you know how that works. So, plenty of activities of the people I follow are non-existent to me. I know, It can be done, lists and so, but that takes time and it’s not always as it should be.
But, I will not miss great photos and texts by people that I have interest in! There are RSS readers that are working for me while I’m away. And all those blogs are waiting for me, to catch up when I have some time. I used Google reader, but since Google decided they will not longer support it (I believe they did that to steer people away from blogs to g+) I’ve switched to Feedly.
As you can see on picture there is lot of catching up to do. But never mind, I will enjoy and learn from most of this posts in near future.
So, there is first point why blogs are better than social networks, they will wait for you (with a help of RSS reader) as long as you don’t finally visit them.
Second, from my experience of having my own blog and browsing other people blogs, people usually take more effort when writing blogs than posting things on their walls or stream. It’s natural, blog is kind of show room, it’s usually connected with gallery and they are representing not only the work of the author, they represent their style, personality. That’s why I compared blog with a house. Calm conversation means that you’re just with that post, with no warnings, requests, pokes and other distractions social networks trough at us every second. And I like that very much. Maybe I’ll read only one or two posts a day, but they will get my full attention. And not to mention that photos and text’s will look like the author wanted, now and in couple of years. There will not be some gearhead in some company to change layout for 451st time.
Unlike blogs, on social networks (FB in example) your wall get’s constantly updated, people put all kinds of things on their timelines, hundreds of photos, and so on. And when we finally find that photo that we like, we don’t even bother to open it in full size, rather just click like button and scroll on to another, and so forth. And than to see what is in inbox, who posted something new, from their pool of cat pictures, let’s say. Social networks work on higher pace, and there are so many things to click on and so little time… So there is your flea market, people shouting from all around showing you their merchandize, good and bad, pulling your sleeves, showing you things you don’t want to know. And when you finally arrive to your own spot of that market you have to do just the same, yell, shout and get in to people faces for a few clicks, maybe a comment and share now and then…
So there you have it, that is why I will always seek my inspiration and knowledge from blogs, not only from social networks. It’s more focused, more relaxed and slower. An I’ll use networks to learn about new people and than agin read their blogs.
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