Tuesday, 2 April 2019

I miss it.

(posting it via blogger time machine back to April)

G+ was ended a month ago and I still miss it, the way the person might miss a comfortable and interesting place that was here but now isn't. I didn't expect from myself to miss it so much, even after all those sunsetting warnings, after the time to create an emotional distance. Don't know if it is because I only used G+ for about 2.5 years, or because my participation was limited, but I didn't associate G+ with emotional disturbance or was overwhelmed by updates. It was a place to see what people do, and by rapid, strange boost of cross-contaminated imagination, come with new ideas.

Blogs, by the format of them, almost impose the expectation of the long-ish, meaningful, self-contained post. In my perception at least, the blogs are devoid of in-a-moment, more free-flowing and whimsical personality G+ had, and it seems to be wrong for me, somehow, to post a mere paragraph of text, just as it looked wrong to post long paragraphs on G+. With G+ still existing both long and brief approaches could be used in tandem, for different things, but now the half of them is not here.

None of the other networks is interesting or comfortable enough. In last month I was not exposed to any new blogs beside the ones I was already reading; there was a benefit in resharing, in ability to point at something and wonder about it aloud without necessity to do a review or analysis.

5 comments:

  1. Dang it, now you're making me sad too. I understand the feeling, though. G+ was an interesting addition from my perspective. I agree with your assessment of it as a perpetual brainstorming session, which connected all of the OSR (or at least, a good chunk of it) together. To see it go, it is sad. Like moving to a new house as a child.

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    1. I think it is fine to be sad about something go.
      And I cannot find new house anywhere, so this is not only sad but also carries the sense of future desolation to me. I see people adapting to new places, but none, so far, is near as good.

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  2. I think following the format of Throne of Salt's Notebook of Unfinished Wonders (where you take many small, G+-like micro-things and put all of them together in a single post) is the best way to continue to make that short style of content.

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    1. I thought about it for some time. Even if to set aside the purpose of this blog as of place for more or less finished articles, the fragments on G+ were discussed, and the discussion is something that is difficult to do on Blogger. Lack of any editing makes answers reluctant, and if people forget to subscribe to comments on that particular blog or in this particular article, the discussion dies after one reply (however much I'd like it to continue)

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    2. You have a great point... I'm not sure how G+ could really be replaced. A forum, maybe, but that would require a lot of former G+ people to move in, which doesn't seem likely at this point.

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