On Blogkeeping and Changes

The only change that doesn’t change is change. Duh.

I’ve been up to no good, as always when I’m up to something. In the unlikely scenario that you’re a professional stalker and stalk me proficiently, you would have noticed a few months ago that I went sort of off-the-grid. Not because it’s fashionable and the internet is full of it—see the irony? how can you report your off-grid experience when you’re off-the-grid, huh?—but because I woke up one day with the excellent idea to remove myself off of the face of the earth. (Is there any linguist or language user who would explain to me how to use off of? Or is it of off? Does it even make any sense, language-economy-wise?)

This time, I wasn’t thinking of a literal removal of my person from among the living—though it is indeed my favourite image to dwell upon—but a partial removal of my online persona from among the asocial people who socialise online. I’m kidding, as per usual. Or am I? In any case, in a rare moment of deployment of common sense, it occurred to me that since I’m not using the gazillion social media I senselessly subscribed to, I could just as well delete my accounts. Following this logic, I killed myself on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Blogloving, Vine (the latter was a step ahead and had killed itself before I did) and probably elsewhere I don’t even remember now.

My blog in 2014 according to the WayBack Machine,  which is terribly wrong about the design

I only kept this blog—should you wonder whether I kept the blog that you’re currently reading, you know—and my Instagram, both of which I hardly use anyway, but anyway. My point is that if you happened to notice me having disappeared, it’s not you—neither is it me; it is what it is. (I understand that a point should be deep, hence the populist and Buddhist crap respectively.) My killing spree also affected the blog as I took down some images that I in retrospect evaluated as too revealing. Keep your pants on, I don’t mean revealing in the good way, as in nudes, but in the indifferent way, as in showing too much of my real-life person, as opposed to my blogging persona.

Please don’t refute this point by arguing that I don’t have a life, less so a real life. I’m aware of this fallacy. Also, no need to point out that once shit gets on the internet, shit gets real; in other words, once online, always online. I’m aware of that, too. My message here is that you may see some images on the blog that you can’t see. See? As in the classic rectangular outline with no content but a cross in it and a message that the image can’t be displayed. Duh. As to the thought of preserving my blog for posterity—though I don’t intend to multiply, so I won’t produce any posterity of my own—the WayBack Machine does this job. Even if poorly, as you can see in the snapshot of my blog from four years ago.

21 thoughts on “On Blogkeeping and Changes

  1. Good for you. My social media use is and always has been limited to my blogs (one of which goes dusty a lot), Facebook (to keep up with far flung family and friends) and Instagram (where I share art so as to stop spamming my Facebook friends). I never ventured into the other forums and I’m glad as I think it could become overwhelming. So good for you recognizing what’s worth spending time on and what’s not. And obviously I’m glad you’ve kept the two platforms where I follow you.


    1. You have obviously much more sense than me to keep the social media at bay. I also have some social media accounts under my real life name — for family and friends — so it was really too much to keep up with, and it wasn’t worth. WordPress is my absolute favourite, so here we are 😉

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  2. Great idea to remove yourself from these platforms Mara, especially that damned Facebook. I have never used it because of the terrible things that people do, and do to themselves. Dumb bells. All I have used for a long time is WordPress and Instagram.


      1. Yes we do Mara! Seems like I have been following g you for about two years? Or something like that. I have followed folks for several years actually, from Australia, England, Canada and a few European countries. Instagram is great for me as it’s mostly photography.


          1. I have never noted time passing faster in that way, not saying you are wrong. There are days in this life that seem to pass a bit faster. But isn’t time unchanging in it’s passing? Maybe I can see your face some day. 😬😎❤️


          2. The perception of time is so individual! It seems to count for more to be online friends, as online friends are easy to lose when they disappear – that’s what I meant!


  3. I was wondering where you had gotten to. I’ve lost a few blog friends of late, I was thinking it was me.
    Stay being you, its why we like you so much.


    1. I’m glad I produced this post then — I thought I should mention that I cancelled some of my accounts, lest people should wonder whether it was them or me or what. Well, it’s certainly not you! And I’m very happy to see you around after a while! (Again, it’s not you, it’s me who goes silent for weeks on end…)

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  4. Imagine if broken image links on the internet had crosses in them like you said. Some sort of religious hacker?


    1. Dear god… No, I wouldn’t particularly like this. Instead of crosses, I’d prefer the Ohm symbol. Like, Hey, I’m a broken link, but keep calm and stay Zen…


  5. I for one have missed you, Mara, and am glad that you are still ‘here’. Your posts always put a wry smile on my face and in my mind and help me through often difficult days.

    Since you mention ‘of’ and ‘off’, I am a linguist, language teacher and poet, and I have already posted a short text about these prepositions on this very platform in my own convoluted no-persona oudeis style.

    As a poet, I like to pile up prepositions, even when it is entirely unnecessary to do so. It creates an emphatic (often clearly visual) effect and gives a springier rhythm to the verse.

    “Off of the world” is so much more visually evocative and three-dimensional than the rather flat “off the world”. Personally, I would have gone even further with “from off of the world”, emphasizing a certain resistance to detachment. But anywhere up out away from off of this world (to paraphrase Baudelaire with prepositions… and camp it up a bit) does it for me.

    Good to hear from you again, Mara. Keep doing what you do.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much for you lovely comment! Exactly what I needed 🙂 Generous and generously informative on top of it.

      Prepositions are particularly difficult for non-native speakers. I really like the “from off of the world” version! I’ll remember this as inspiration.

      And while I’m still on (on on) the surface of the earth, I say thanks for your great comment and hope to see you around again!


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