I’m sorry, I just can’t get behind the eager and optimistic sentiment about WordPress.
I’ll be blunt. I have trust issues. And I am growing increasingly disenchanted with the modern lifestyle. I see people growing more insular, more busy with busy work, more self-absorbed.
I was at the park today with family, celebrating my mother’s birthday. Once again I observed that the largest group of people hanging out there were Hispanic. I don’t mean that to sound racist… I think many Hispanics in America are the new working and possibly middle class. They are doing all the things I dimly remember as a child. They have the picnics at the parks. They are still actively doing the homesteading chores that many are starting to look at as old-fashioned now– more and more I am finding the old things I need at stores catering to Hispanic clientele. They are not rediscovering things because it was on some blog; they are still living them. Of course, I turn on Spanish-language TV and continue to marvel how much formats they do that the white mainstream discarded 20, 30, even 40 years ago.
My point is that my immediate world around me, is not home. I live in an apartment still, not a house. I have loving family and a caring church congregation– but most of my peers are hopelessly busy with their own stuff. Speaking about Hispanic culture, while I’m out on a tangent, well… the Spanish-language VOX blogs I read (including “esto es genial”, which was a response to “this is good”)… they were among the first things to die.
I think I knew that the family-friendly, homey, folksy feel of VOX was really a marketing ploy. But I believed in it. For every few people I met who were young, snarky, sometimes unmarried and didn’t have kids, there was at least one who was family folk.
That’s gone now. WordPress does not cater to families or “down home” folks. They never will. “Stuff White People Like” is a WordPress blog– intellectuals sniffing about hipsters. LiveJournal will writhe and twist in geek teen angst, no matter how much they swear up and down they relate to older people. Facebook will still be a dumping ground for time-wasting games and every little jerk who pretends their shit don’t stink. 6A in general will be forever looking for the next advertising deal.
Or you can just say that I don’t like change. I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum.