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My Final Blog on WordPress

I’ve been writing blogs for over five years now.

My first blogs were on MySpace.

MySpace for crying out loud!

Writing blogs has been a help for me. It gave me an outlet, a voice to talk about my thoughts, opinions, stuff I liked, stuff I hated, and a bunch of stuff in-between.

I quit for a short time, and it was actually kinda nice. But for some reason, I came back, thinking I had more to say. And I do have lots to say, but is should be through my prose, my fiction (or super fiction, as I call it).

So, I’ve decided, again, that this will be my last weekly blog on WordPress.

Period

End of line.

 

One reason I’ll be shutting down this site is that my blogging is that it doesn’t feel like it is doing anything constructive. I knew these blogs weren’t going to change the world or anything like that. They have helped me with my writing skills. But in recent years, I have begun to notice the pointless negativity, pettiness, and unpleasantness that has become social media.

I wrote a blog touching on this, about how people take it personally when you have an opposing opinion, or you say something fairly innocuous, but they take it as an attack on them, or as someone once said “it invalidates my opinion”. Great line from a psychology book, but kinda fulla shit, especially if one comment by one person can affect your thoughts and opinions so harshly. We don’t all think alike. I have an opinion/ thought/comment, you have another. It doesn’t invalidate anything. It’s just different, or even worse, just a stupid comment!

It is these kind of things that have started to bug me. But if you try to talk to people about it, IE: an actual conversation, it usually reverts to a clash of opinions or some smart-ass  totally ignoring your thoughts so that they can post something they think is clever. It has been my experience, long before social media came along, that an open conversation, two-way conversation, with open-minded people, involves actually listening to the other person, not just repeating the same shit you said before in different ways. You may as well be talking to a wall.

Thankfully, the people who have commented on my blogs have been thoughtful and open-minded. Hopefully, I have responded similarly. But it is the mentality that has made me realize that, besides the people who actually follow my blog, and read, and even comment on them, for everyone else, I’m just talking to myself. It is the same thing with social media. It is becoming tiresome. The novelty of it may finally be wearing off. It is a tool to make connections, talk about what you are working on, and sharing something with friends. But otherwise, it is a place for people of all stripes to bash others and say terrible things about anyone opposing them. As much as I need to use social media, I’m becoming less and less of a fan.

The other reason, the one that is more important, is that I want to turn my attention to writing what I should be working on, the Infinatum. Earlier this week, I realized that most of my blogs were about 1000 words long. Probably too long for a blog, in hindsight, but I realized that those 1000 words should be put towards my stories. Sure some of my blogs are timely, or talk about current events or subjects that I think need mentioning. But sometimes, it would feel like I was just phoning it in. And if you heart isn’t in it, then you probably shouldn’t do it.

Also, I have a lot I want to write, and it seems I create more and more to write. I recently created a band of pan-dimensional pirates and expanded some Victorian Age heroes, both of which I hope to have appear in one of the many books of the Infinatum I have yet to start writing. Honestly, if I don’t starting writing them, I may never get them finished. And I truly want to write them. I have no idea if they’ll be good, or even published, but this is what I was always doing, from when I was a kid, to the present day. Making up characters and stories. But now, I have a little more knowledge and, hopefully, skill to do so.

Finally, part of using social media is to network, something I haven’t been doing as much or as well, as I should. If I am ever to do something with all that I’ve created, I need to put up or shut up. I need to do more to put what I’m working on out there, as well as meet others that are in the same boat, or like-minded folks to have one of those actual conversations with.

I am going to shut down this blog completely. But I’m going to go through the blogs I have posted and re-post them on my Facebook page. So for now, my blog page on WordPress will remain, I just won’t be posting new blogs on here. However, I may post blogs on my Facebook page. You can click the link below to go there…

https://www.facebook.com/Infinatum/

There are other links on my blog page to my other social media presence. So feel free to drop by there.

 

I sincerely want to thank all the people who subscribed to my blog, those who read it semi-regularly, and those who have commented on my blogs. I have been grateful for every visit, view and comment. Hopefully, if you like what I’ve written here, you’ll support my endeavour to make my novel “The Black Wave Event”, my shorts “Pry” and “Irregulars: Origin of the Species” published works.

Thanks for the you time, and as always…

Stay Tuned.

🙂

Dear Anti-Trudeau People:

Apparently, you seem to be taking his overwhelming win pretty hard, since you seem to be finding fault, ANY fault, to complain about, make into a meme, and post it on your social media feed. From getting a ride from a family friend in a helicopter, to not going to the Fort McMurray Fire zone soon enough, it seems Prime Minister Trudeau is a huge a-hole!

But it made me wonder where these people were when PM Stephen Harper was being an a-hole? Probably agreeing with everything he said.

So, here’s a test for all those anti-Trudeau folks out there. Go to Google and type in “Stephen Harper Worst Errors”. It will give you a list of articles about the things Harper did while in charge of Canada. There are quite a few links to check out.

No politician is perfect. They all make mistakes, do things not everyone likes, and yeah, they’ll lie. ALL POLITICIANS LIE! Yet it seems PM Trudeau is being held to a higher standard for some reason. Maybe the Conservative cry-babies should take a fresh look at their previous PM and see hows his dictatorial ways nearly ruined this country.

Sincerely,

A Canadian

PS: If you like what’s going on in America right now, there’s always Kevin O’Leary!

 

Dear Jon Stewart:

Your country needs YOU!

Please come back!

Sincerely,

Everyone

 

Dear Common Fascists:

No, I’m not talking about Trump and his cronies. I’m talking about average social media mavens who seem to think that only they and people of their ilk are allowed to have an opinion.

Recently at the Screen Actors Guild awards show, many actors and people from the industry spoke out against the Trump regime, particularly about the ban on Muslims in America…

Sidebar: It’s a BAN. Call it whatever you like, discriminating against one group of people and not allowing them to enter the country is a ban. By the way, why wasn’t Saudi Arabia on that list? It has a Muslim majority, and most of the attackers during 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia. You would think that would make them a threat, right? Nope! They have too much money in America and Trump doesn’t want to upset the money!

But I digress…

Like before, many average people lashed out at the famous people for speaking their mind in a supposedly free country. If you are to believe Joe and Jane Average Fascist, only non-famous people can speak their minds.

Sure, I’m not a fan of people like Jane Fonda coming to Canada and criticizing the Alberta Oilsands, while avoiding actually talking to BOTH sides of the subject. But she, like everyone, has a right to speak their mind. It’s called “Freedom of Speech”. Once upon a time, it was something America was known for. Now, it only seems to be about fear, hatred, and ignorance.

As far as I’m concerned, if rich, famous people speaking out about stuff pisses off the whiney little Fascists pout there, then rage on Richie Rich!

Sincerely,

Not Rich at All

 

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Kate Heartfield

writer and editor

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