Oh. This feels so much better. Posting here in a place where hardly anyone reads me anymore. Now, usually I would forward my blog post on to Facebook. I get more hits that way. And I am all about the hits, right? Well, obviously not. But, I'm not forwarding this post to FB. This is just for you and me. Just like who this land was made for - you and me.
As I have said before, I am trying to figure out how to deal with my need to fight on Facebook with people who will never be convinced, no matter the evidence, to reconsider their position. And I think I have come up with a way that is good for me and maybe even good for them. I rhyme.
Well, not right there, but in my FB posts that are anti-Trump. It's a rule I've made for myself. For the last couple weeks, I think, I've been doing just that. I first tweet the poems and they get automatically forwarded to Facebook.
1. It makes the posts more fun and challenging for me to do. It slows me down and makes me think about what I really want to say. I cannot shoot from the hip when it requires a little more effort.
2. It is another layer of information. When trying to explain something and sounding like Dr. Seuss, there is a subtext I am also trying to convey. It may not be a very nice subtext, but how can you not like Dr. Seuss?
3. It sticks in the reader's brain a little better. It's like a catchy jingle or song. And if my rhyming is a little off, so much the better. The reader feels some dissonance and I think that helps too.
4. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. Make the message simple. If it's simple, it's more memorable. How can I hone this message down. Twitter makes you do that. So does poetry.
I think there was a fifth or sixth reason, but I can't think of them. Something about being creative. Yes I know none of this rhymed (that I know of anyway).