I don't totally love Facebook yet, and I'm mostly on it because my son went to college and he wants me to keep in touch with what he's doing without having to repeat himself. (So yeah, I'm on Facebook because I raised an efficient kid. And oh, good, I just admitted that out loud.)
As much as I loved all this social networking though, until this weekend, there was something missing. All the time it takes up was time I used to spend reading newspapers--yes, Virginia, they DO still exist--or craft books. My craft book time has dwindled, and my newspaper reading has become nonexistent. I still devour actual book books as much as I can, but I find that it is reading nonfiction and looking at art and the world in general that opens my mind to perspectives, thoughts, and break-throughs. Without the random nonfiction fix I'd been getting through the newspaper, I felt like my brain wasn't getting as much imagination fodder, and without that, I started to worry that my writing would eventually become dull and uninformed.
I needed a quick way to catch up with the stuff that feeds other areas of the brain: social issues, fashion trends, culture, news, scientific breakthroughs, etc. And then Tahereh Mafi introduced me to Tumblr.
Game chANging! Epically. Brilliant.
What about you? Are your thoughts Tumblred? No? Come on, what are you waiting for? Shake things up a little!
Happy social networking,