I’ll admit that I’m a bit biased on the subject of blogging, obviously. I find it an incredible way to continue learning through the research and writing that I do on my various blogs, and it’s also a great way to share information and attempt to educate folks who happen to come across the sites, no matter how small, or large, the audience is. Well, if you’re curious about how to start a blog using Wordpress, they’ve got you covered with a new release this month.
I was having a discussion on Twitter about this recently, that there are people who want to go back to the office, and there are those, like me, who worked remotely before the pandemic and have no interest in ever working in an office. Figuring out how to account for all of the possible preferences will be key attracting top talent, in my humble opinion. But, how many places will be successful at doing that? This article asks a similar question:
Seth has some keen insight into the way social media works, and I think these paragraphs are spot on, and also something we, as users of social media, need to remind ourselves of daily:
“And so the social networks created a game, a game in which you ‘win’ by being notorious, outrageous or, as they coined the phrase, “authentic.” The whole world is watching, if you’re willing to put on a show.
That’s not how the world actually works. The successful people in your community or your industry (please substitute ‘happy’ for successful in that sentence) don’t act the way the influencers on Twitter, YouTube or Facebook do. That’s all invented, amplified stagecraft, it’s not the actual human condition.”
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We can hate social media algorithms all we want, but the truth is they are simply responding to our own behavior. If Twitter seems ugly and mean to you, quit following ugly and mean people. Find better people to follow. Interact with them, offer up not only your knowledge and expertise, but share other good ideas you find online as well.
Isn’t it just possible that all those years of telling men to get over it, and quit complaining about their depression, has long-reaching effects across all of society, effects that can bite us all back when those same men are in a position of power? Maybe we want to think about coming up with a better way to help men of all ages deal with depression, so that they don’t grow up to have zero compassion for those who aren’t able to just “man up”?