Get the %@&* off the internet.
I don’t mean wikipedia, the US patent office archives or the Bernard Cumberbatch name generator – those things are cool.
I mean (I cringe just thinking of saying it) … social media.
Maybe you haven’t noticed, but there is something very wrong with a huge number of people on the internet. You might disagree, but you’d be mistaken. Research has clearly shown people on the internet are at least 37% more likely to suck, and four times as likely to be wrong about just about everything. I’ll post a link later – right now I can’t really be bothered backing this up with proof, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Anyway, I finally kept that resolution the year I started Daed Toolworks. Turns out the long hours involved in self-employment are the fourth-best strategy for avoiding social media – right behind extraordinary rendition, power outages, and brain-death.
Unfortunately for me, it’s also meant that at least once a week one of my friends comes up with a new way to mock my (ahem) sporadic blog posting schedule.
So for 2016, my resolution was to walk back my inter Web 2.0 boycott. A little. Seeing me on Facebook is still about as likely as Sid Vicious will be elected president of the US. And since he’s a) a murderer, b) dead, and c) british, I think we can rule that out.
so does this mean I’m going to start blogging thrice weekly? Well, no. It doesn’t. Among other reasons, I’ve got a very, very busy year in store. Planes to make, new designs I’d like to get developed, a writing project or two, and a not-ready-for discussing undertaking or two as well. It’s going to be busy.
So a couple of friends convinced me that I should be using that instagram account I set up way back when. I decided they’re right.
Why? Partly because it’s much much faster than blogging, partly because it’s visual, and partly because it’s got a very informal vibe that I like.
Plus I hear it’s the best place to see new pics of Justin Bieber. Man is that kid’s hair talented!
I’m not abandoning the blog. I do really like having it as an outlet for more long-form thoughts or posts. I think it’s a great tool. It’s just that, for me, it’s one of those tools you only use a few times a year, and usually have a hard time finding when you realize you need it. Like a turkey baster, or nose-hair trimmers.
What I think can be expected is that I’m going to use this blog a little more to talk about some of my thoughts about craft and woodworking and toolmaking, and how western culture is refusing to heed my advice and is thus turning to undeodorized crap (Bieber’s hair notwithstanding). In other words, I’ll probably stop being so evasive on the blog, and start posting what I really think…
But that doesn’t mean you should expect it to be any less fits-n-starts than it has been since I started it. Just the way I am.
Now ‘scuse me – I gotta go break me some instagrams. I’m sure it’ll be fine – what could go wrong?