Thursday, February 02, 2017

Facebook Fix?

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.

Why rhyme?

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).


Rachel said...

My husband was reading an article the other day that more and more people are leaving Facebook because of the negativity and fighting.

I've tailored mine to be what I want. I love my friends and family in person, but I have hidden the guy who mostly just posts pro gun stuff, and the one who posts pro Trump stuff, and the one who posts anti Trump stuff, and the one who blames everything on conservatives, and the one who blames everything on liberals, and the one who complains about how much her life sucks all the time, etc. I have promoted the people who post light hearted things to "see first" and I have subscribed to positive pages.
It's so much better now :)

But, mostly I just don't read Facebook. What a time-suck it is. Instead I read blogs and articles. After 20 minutes of those, I at least feel enriched. After 20 minutes of Facebook, I'd be lucky to even remember enough of what I'd read to recount it for someone.

Hank Greer said...

I look forward to your rhymes, John.

EvilElf said...

Thanks you guys! I am happy somebody is still reading this stuff. Hope you are well!

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