(by Ray Dixon)
The above speaks for itself, although I haven’t yet explained exactly the reason behind my decision to close my blog Alpine Opinion that I started way back in 2005 (and moved to WordPress in 2007).
So here’s a fuller explanation:
The decision to close the blog has more to do with our future plans. We’ve sold a few of our holiday units now and we need to get cracking on our next move or project. I need to focus 100% on that and blogging simply occupies too much of my time when I’m trying to organise a building or renovation project.
An incident on a Facebook group page yesterday (which has continued into today) also helped to cement my decision that the time was right to move on. I found myself the subject of a rather nasty and unnecessary attack over a fairly low-level and short ‘ironic’ post I made. Despite removing the post almost immediately and apologising (to people who weren’t even the subject of the post anyway!), they kept it up. This just reminded me of other sh*t I’ve copped from elsewhere and it was enough for me to say, “Right, I don’t need it – that seals it for me”.
The thing is, I’ve noticed in recent years that social media has dumbed-down so much that blogs are playing second fiddle to the simple-stupid platforms like Twitter & Facebook with their rapid dissemination of idiotic (and vitriolic) rubbish, like what happened yesterday.
It also came on the same day my daughter was going in for her 2nd cancer operation in 4 years. Not that anyone knew that but it shows how those platforms remove all consideration of consequence when they get in that pack-mentality. My daughter’s ongoing and serious health issues are another reason I need to get a move on.
I will of course, continue to drop in to Chez Hall, one of the few remaining political/social blogs worth commenting at, despite what people think and say about its owner, Mr Iain.
I might even write the odd post. Very “odd”.