The combination of escalated fuckery and my general dislike of social media have led me to finally cut the cord on the bird app. I’ve long known the endless barrage of bad news and increasing amounts of time cleaning up bigots, bots, and spammers in order to make the place remotely habitable aren’t beneficial to me, and I have the luxury of my relationships and livelihood not being rooted there, so it was a painless decision. (And wow, my browser is much speedier after removing the half dozen extensions necessary to make that one site even remotely tolerable.)
I looked at some other options but quickly decided against pursuing any because the concept of being personally accessible to anyone in the world at any time is inherently problematic, regardless of venue. I consider the telephone invasive technology, so being subjected to everybody’s every thought at every moment is abhorrent, before we even get to the overtly toxic activity.
For book news, you can subscribe to the as-yet-unused newsletter because “Hey, I did a thing you can buy or request from your library” is a form of communication I’m actually willing to do, and/or you can get blog updates in your inbox by making use of the aptly titled “Blog Updates in Your Inbox” widget (right side of the screen on desktop, toward the bottom of the page on mobile). There’s also an RSS feed in proximity to that, though I’m pretty sure nobody has used those for a decade (thanks, Google Reader).
I might add an occasional non-work post to the blog rotation—then again, I started to add some non-work stuff here, thought “I’m not even interested in that,” and deleted it, so there’s little need to worry about being flooded with my personal tedium.
Anyhoo, you can find me here, surfacing from the tranquil pool of minding my own business when I have progress reports.