Observations, divers ruminations, and corn-pone opinions after a little more than a year at ello.
1) I've made some good friends here. My definition of "friend" for purposes of this rant is someone who more or less consistently interacts with me in various ways.
2) I've made friends here and subsequently "lost" them. I think its amusing on one level but sad on another. To the best of my knowledge those who've written me off do so because of politics. Its a subject that most shy away from here on ello, but those who are willing to discuss current affairs, politics, world events, etc etc etc......seem to prefer to do so in an echo chamber. Its well known that we as a people (here in the USA) are polarized, nay, Balkanized in ways not seen in my lifetime. There are millions and millions of various "us" camps fighting an equal number of "them" camps. Obviously, I'm one of "us" and one of "them" simultaneously ...and we all are. We are all bundles of wonderfully, imperfectly assembled contradictions. The "left" and the "right" are fragmenting further every day. What is most alarming and frustrating, is the unwillingness to discuss issues. People will repeat some catch phrase or buzz word from their candidate of choice, repeat it, and then attack you for disputing a questionable assertion (ie; the "gender wage gap"). I think this tendency is more prevalent from lefties.
2) ello is what (I, We) make it. What I mean is.....ello fulfills a function here for me. I have only ever known three "social networks"......It started with The MOG....which was basically a site for musicians, music fanatics, critics. casual fans, and newbies who wanted to explore. (@good-old-music would have loved it) It was great while it lasted. But the desire/need to monetize put the whole thing in the trash heap of history. A bunch of us drifted over to the dreaded facebook, but....we mostly drifted off. By the time I'd found ello the gang was too scattered, too weary, leery of being taken again...their loss. A few opened accounts..but damn few have ever done anything with it. One who has is @capndad, a lover of good music who's specialty is "prog rock", but who's tastes are wide ranging, eclectic and delightful.
So ello is what we, the friends I enjoy interacting with< are still building and evolving our personal ello to be a version of what we'd have it be. (I am in awe of the "founding fathers" who built this place...and very grateful.
3) I don't automatically "follow" anyone who follows me. Paradoxically, I follow too many and not enough.
4) Some post too often and some not often enough. I look forward to smiles and delights from some, and sometimes contentious discussions with others. One thing I've never been accused of is political correctness. I like wry humor, and disneyland nihilists. I Like everyday people trying to navigate a brutally indifferent world
5) I love a good discussion especially when they do not devolve into.......incivility.
6) I like it when people delight me with their art.
7) You made it this far?! Geeze, get a life.
8) Sometimes its enjoyable to click on the "discover" icon and look for something that strikes your fancy...(my fancy has been struck so often its a walking bruise)..but find something and then go to the poster's page and peruse it for awhile. There are some very interesting people here. Great People who through their posts supply us with a new perspective.
9) In some ways, I'm pretty weird. I like to load thumb drives to play while I'm driving. I like to load them song by song. 3000 songs? One by one. I thoroughly enjoy browsing my various hard drives and picking songs to load onto the stick. So I get to hear stuff most people have never heard. (admittedly there are some with very limited appeal, I guess, but I like them). As I move..technologically...kicking and screaming, into the 21st century, I am also traveling back to the future in a sense. For most of the history of recorded popular music, the song ruled. Outside of classical music, albums were afterthoughts filled with filler and the hit song. We boomers came up with the concept of an album as an "art form". We all know the story so I'll not go over it as my typing finger is getting tired. But today...the song is king again...sales (downloads) of single songs far outstrips the sale of albums (cd's, whatever). And the thing is....I like it that way....I can think of damn few cd's that I'll listen to in their entirety anymore....I like variety. So load the sticks...set the thing to random play.....(as long as I loaded it....)...heaven. Hell, I've been known to bypass the driveway and go a few extra miles to let a good song end.
10) Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to grab your swag bag on the way out.
this will form the backbone of a future post.