How do you manage your online privacy? Are there certain things you won’t post in certain places? Information you’ll never share online? Or do you assume information about you is accessible anyway?
Together with the huge leap the world took when it turned out that we are all connected into a world wide web, the flow of information became a rapid stream if not a flood.
One cannot help but wonder how much of the private information: name address, blood type, job occupancy, marital status; is floating aimlessly somewhere in a big pond of global knowledge.
Another question is why would anyone bother with extracting or looking for information about such insignificant person as myself. Well, this assumption is wrong from the start. It’s not about our significance in the worldwide scale or even our social position (celebrities/politics vs grass roots).
The fact remains, information is the most powerful weapon one can wield against the other. It can make or destroy a person. Many were elevated to the tops just because they gained useful knowledge of this and that. Many tumbled from the heights because sensitive information was leaked out.
So yes, I do wonder just how much information is there going around in the net in which the whole world seems to be tangled in. There is no turning back from this. We can only try and control the amount of information we allow to plummet into the water and be carried off with the steam.
Write a review of your life — or the life of someone close to you — as if it were a movie or a book.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us LIFE.
Life has different shapes, sizes, colors and smells. It can mean so much to one person and so little to the someone else. Life can be everything and nothing at the same time. It’s ambiguous, unclear and unpredictable. And yet we all strive to live good fulfilling life. Probably because we have only one.
Here are my examples of life:
Sometimes life is like walking hand in hand with either good or evil.
Sometimes life is like a giant market bustling with voices, gestures and choices that can make or break you.
Sometimes life is like a flower, first shyly budding from small seedling, then flourishing and thriving into something beautiful, worthy admiration.
And this is my life. At least a part of it. Aside from writing I like to draw, sketch, paint, create. It makes me happy.
Tell us about a thing you’ll never write about.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us FORBIDDEN.
The word “forbidden” reminds me of a dark, dunk, cold place where you can find all the nasty problems of the world.
A twisted psychopath lives there or a mentally ill person is locked down there… No one knows what you will find at the end of such dimly lit, looming staircase. No one knows what you will witness if you follow the musty stairs, down, down, deep down… into the pitch black abyss.
One thing is known for sure, the descent is always the easiest part. It is the road up that takes a lot courage and often a lot struggle. If you ever go back up stairs, that is…
Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.
If you’re a new blogger, what’s one question you’d like to ask other bloggers?
I am very new here, a total newbie to the world of blogging. I cannot possibly give any piece of advice but I would gladly accept any suggestion, you the experienced bloggers, can provide me with.
What I can say is that I never imagined that blogging can be so absorbing and exciting. I still think about writing here as a more of an exercise than anything else but this site is growing on me. In the beginning I was only going to write a daily writers write challenge, just to keep me in a “writing shape”. However I discovered the daily prompt challenge along with the weekly challenge. Not to mention the cute little button “inspire me” which appears when one wants to write a post…
I guess I have lots of questions I cannot pick just one.
Let me put it like that – if you feel that you could give me some essential advice, something to keep me going, feel free to do so here. I will appreciate any and every word.
Thank you in advance!
What’s the most significant secret you’ve ever kept? Did the truth ever come out?
Well it wouldn’t be much of a secret if I told you now, would it? I’ve kept my fair share of secrets. Some of them are minute and silly, some of them are serious and need to be kept hidden. If a person claims to be true to the core and not have even a tiny secret I will call her/his bluff.
I’m fairly certain that everyone of us has secrets. We done up masks when we walk in the crowd. We all play a part in the theatre. Sometimes we choose what kind of face we want to show, sometimes life chooses one for us. Some secrets are kept on purpose, some just happen. Sometimes we cannot afford to drop our mask and unveil all secrets.
There are times when truth can be painful and devastating, at such times I see secrets as lesser evil. The most important thing is not to hurt anybody by our secrets. Other than that I think that every person is entitled to a dose of privacy and a secret or two. After all, wouldn’t it be extremely boring if everyone would bare their souls and show everything to the world?
Is the glass half-full, or half-empty?
I often ask myself that question. How do I feel right now? Is it my up or down of the hour, day, week, moment? Am I all rainbows and sunshine’s or storm and thunder? Am I positively or negatively charged?
I guess it really depends on the stuff that happens throughout the course of a day. Sometimes even though I really try to always see the ups in any situation, to see the glass half-full rather than half-empty, the bad atmosphere gets the best of me.
To see the world through pink tinted glasses, to see the world as a half-full glass – that’s very Polyanna, don’t you think? It was one of my favorite books when I was growing up. I remember reading Polyanna, Anne of Green Gables, Emily of New Moon with flustered face and anticipation. I loved those protagonists that conquered so many obstacles, defeated the disbelievers and found true love. Isn’t it better this way? Isn’t it easier to find ups rather than downs in our everyday life?
I refurbished this principle into a “devil may care” attitude which I employ quite often. I try to live my life to the fullest, not letting the world pull me down from my cloud nine. And when I get that sad feeling that threatens to overwhelm me, I turn to writing. I pull out piece of paper, I start my laptop, I begin to write. I do not stop until I’m satisfied, until I’m happy. I could live that way. I could write all night and day. My glass will be truly half-full when I have all time in the world to write. When nothing distracts me. I dream that someday I will just sit and write to my heart’s content. Someday.
How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?
Communication online and in person certainly differs from each other. A variety of factors are decisive in these two separate situations. First of all when communicating in person I can use more aspects to appeal and convey emotions to my interlocutor. I can use my hands to gesticulate (I do it quite often), I can hold the other person captive with my eyes, making him/her listen to me intently and not look around absentmindedly. I can immediately read my interlocutors stance and pose so I know if I’m boring or intriguing him/her.
When writing I have more time to think about the words I want to use, about sentence construction, cohesion and coherence of my utterance. In live dialogue you have microseconds to formulate a thought and air it. It is more instinctive, maybe not as refined as writing but still the rawest and purest you the other person can receive.
As for the other question I have to say that written communication when comes to conveying emotion and intent is lacking something. In person to person communication, as I’ve written above, you can use your whole body to send the message, to reinforce it, to give it an emotional impact. When writing you have to rely on your vocabulary skills. You have to write in such a way that the intricate lines of words captivate your readers, allow them to imagine the scenes and emotions. You have to be convincing.
I try to pour my thoughts on a paper in a way that will allow my readers to feel the emotions that build up in me. To feel and understand them even though they cannot see me. If I succeed, if at least one person feels moved, inspired or interested in my writings, well then I can call it a good day. And immediately sit down to scribble another piece that will hopefully capture your attention.