The Insanely Connected World

It takes a lot to be insanely connected in the blogging world. Not just to experience it, to be entertained by it, but to interact with it, to be absorbed by it, and, yes, to be fully immersed in it. It’s more of a complex addiction cycle than anything else – intermittent positive reinforcement is what we seek. Something as simple as a comment, or a page view count, takes on enormous significance. We go to extraordinary lengths to secure that exposure; striving for retweets, building up a follower count, striking up “you scratch my back, I scratch yours” deals with fellow bloggers… Sometimes, a comment we’ll receive will feel golden. That’s why we blog. That’s why we tweet. We build our networks, we look forward to those comments, those once-in-a-while elements of feedback that astonish us, that we treasure as validation that someone out there is taking notice of what we do.

Scheduling, remoting, control by email, from mobile devices… so many components out there, to build into some Rube Goldberg publishing contraption, attempting to get those posts out there, to be read. It’s a thoroughly daunting proposition. There seems an infinity of tools to do so. With all the technology, all the features, all the capabilities that the Internet gives us; with all the stress placed on measures of our success; with all our own, psychological prejudices when it comes to measuring our own worth, it’s easy to forget what our efforts should be all about. Surrounded by tools, it’s all too easy to forget that we’re here to write. It doesn’t matter what we write about; what genre, what style. We’re putting ourselves into it, and to simply reduce this to a mechanical publishing exercise is doing ourselves a grave injustice. It’s about still being human. Let’s not forget that. To be here for any other reason, that’s insane.

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About darlingman1970

Born in the UK and a graduate in mathematics from Cambridge University, Chris Nash has followed a career in software engineering which he continued after moving the United States in 1996 and now brings him to California in 2010. However, Chris does not want to be considered as merely a code monkey, and has always been interested in writing; in areas as diverse as factual technical manuals all the way through to fiction. An avid reader, Chris is a fan particularly of mystery novels and enjoys above all the works of Agatha Christie and David Hewson. Chris has recently gone through some significant life changes which, at the moment, he is considering as the basis for a forthcoming novel and as food for thought on his blog. He manages to couple his loves of writing and technology and is particularly interested in how internet innovations have an impact on the writing and promotional process. Chris is a firm supporter of Creative Commons and other 'open' initiatives and believes strongly that such distribution mechanisms are the "right" way to handle intellectual property in an evolving digital world. Chris is a keen Nintendo DS and Wii player in his spare time, and is currently happily attached, living in the Central Coast area of California. Find him on Twitter as @darlingman1970. Don't ask him how old he is.
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