I think I’m coming to realise that WordPress feels more or less like a wordier and more interesting version of Facebook, but with less drama and more people who know their grammar. On WordPress you can have mutual friends, you can read status updates in the form of blog posts, you can like a post and comment on it (but unfortunately you can’t edit or delete it yet – those typos will always haunt me), and you can make friends by following blogs.
In a way, one’s blogging worth is equal to the number of comments, likes and followers they have. I think it’s safe to say that most of us feel happy it when someone comments or likes our posts, or even follows us… I know I do. Alternatively, we would probably feel sad or at least disappointed if our post went unnoticed. Just like Facebook status updates. Maybe it’s silly now, but at one point I used to take down a status update if nobody commented on it or liked it, haha.
Then we have Freshly Pressed. Maybe it’s just me, but when the Freshly Pressed Gods smile down upon you and feature your post, leading loads of traffic to your page.. doesn’t that feel a little bit like your birthday? After all, your birthday gets featured on the main Facebook page, so people would naturally see it and drop by your Wall to leave you a birthday wish.
Maybe I’m thinking too much into this, but it was just something that occurred to me the other day. I have fallen out with Facebook. We used to be quite intimate before, but now I sometimes go a day or two without paying any attention to it. If not for the fact that it helps me stay in touch with some of my friends, I probably would abandon it altogether.
But WordPress is different in that we get more than two or three lines per update, and each update is more thought-out and interesting than the next. There’s always something new to read, and you don’t have to keep refreshing the page every few minutes to see if someone posted new content. I can look at pretty pictures, look up recipes, read a short story or a poem, get insight into something I didn’t know about… I don’t know about you, but I’d rather read than waste hours playing a game of Bingo or Tetris or any other popular game (I’m proud to say that I got over my addiction!).
There is also more more similarity; who remembers those questionnaires or “memes” often posted using Facebook notes? Aren’t they a bit similar to blogging awards and other random challenges in which you tag other bloggers? I recently got tagged by Naughty Nefarious to answer 30 questions using one word, so here goes:
1. Where is your cell phone? Desk.
2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend? Amazing.
3. Your hair? Curly.
4. Your mother? Religious.
5. Your father? Short-tempered.
6. Your favourite item? Laptop
7. Your dream last night? Pretty.
8. Your favourite drink? Milkshakes.
9. Your dream car? Beetle.
10. The room you are in? Office.
11. Your ex? Nonexistent.
12. Your fear? Infamy.
13. What do you want to be in 10 years? Happy.
14. Who did you hang out with last night? Family.
15. What you’re not? Conformative.
16. The last thing you did? Work.
17. What are you wearing? Skirt.
18. Your favourite book? Okay this one is not fair. Books typically have more than one word in their title! At any rate I’ll give a recent favourite – The Night Circus.
19. The last thing you ate? Peanuts.
20. Your life? Normal.
21. Your mood? Down.
22. Your friends? Far.
23. What are you thinking about right now? Weekend.
24. Your car? Non-existent.
25. What are you doing at the moment? Blogging.
26. Your summer? Humid.
27. What is on your TV? Nothing.
28. When is the last time you laughed? Yesterday.
29. Last time you cried? Tuesday.
30. School? Graduated!
For this I taaaag… well, anyone who feels like doing it really! It’s fun… and it can’t be difficult to come up with one words for some questions!
How do you feel about Facebook? Have you forsaken it in favour of more interesting sites? Can you notice the similarities now?