Reading – let’s collectively not make it a lost art

Do you have time to read this post and as a society, do we have time to reflect on our communication habits?

Society has become a ‘hurry-up’ ‘instant gratification’ culture.  We collectively have so much on our minds and  things to do we don’t in general take the time to do one thing really well.

                              Stop, breathe, look around.

DidIMAG0519 you see the sunset?
Did you smell the flowers in bloom?
The scents of a fresh rain on the ground or the smile of your partner so many things taken for granted in our lives that really could be appreciated more.

Do you remember the art of writing letters and the joy of receiving a letter?  Not an email! A letter -a handwritten letter!

About 10 yrs ago or longer we as a society started getting computers and thus came the ability to send and receive emails.  Emails used to be great.  You could take your time and write an email that would be sent instantaneously and received whenever that recipient opened their email.  We still wrote and we still read and we still enjoyed communicating.

In the recent years, I have noticed that the mobile phone and tablets have replaced our computers or seem to be much more utilised than our computers.  As such, if people receive your email they rarely write more than a 2-3 sentence reply if even that much!  Worse than that, there seems the tendency to not actually read the email but rather to skip & skim around to whatever seems the important part to them and questions you’ve asked or thoughts you’ve written of remain unanswered.

I have friends who virtually never write emails but rather forward me emails of things they’ve found.  Then those emails can border on spam since those people virtually never write an email but rather, send out 3-5-10 emails a day all forwarded links etc.  On the rare occasion those people send an actual written email it can become lost in the mixture of all the forwards.  (kind of like the boy who cried wolf) I personally have discovered that I am more inclined to pay attention to a forwarded email from those who rarely forward them.

I would much rather have a written email of the person’s thoughts any day over a forwarded one.images

I am guilty of not replying to emails in a timely manner.  I would prefer to send a real reply rather than a sentence or two unless it is just in answer to a basic question.  I basically don’t do a full reply to an email unless I am at my computer and can give it my full attention.  In this society of instant gratification this can seem an insult to some.  I certainly don’t mean to be rude by not replying instantly but my thought is that a reply sent when I can give it my full attention is a quality reply and not a matter of a few sentences jotted off in a hurry.

What do you think?  Please use the comment section below to tell of your experiences/expectations in the art of our electronic communications.  I would love to hear from you!

Writing 101: Day One: Unlock the Mind

WR_101Today is the beginning of another blogging challenge.  This is my third one now.  The first one was Blogging 101 followed by Photo 101 and now Writing 101.  With blogging 101 the point was to a get a functioning blog website going that you would through assignments add to daily.  It was pretty easy overall but required the discipline to participate as close to daily as possible.  If unable to participate daily then quite flexible in terms of just catching up with the assignments.  I am quite familiar with WordPress, the platform used in this series of courses so blogging 101 was definitely more along the lines of familiarising you with the platform.  For me the usefulness of the course was the habit of doing something daily.

Photography 101 was a lot of fun.  This course was also easy in the aspect of finding a subject matter to photograph to tie in with the assignment.  Some of the subject matters were more challenging than others and some of the photographs I took I’m still not quite happy with in terms of them fulfilling the assignment but overall it challenge me to commit to a daily habit.

Now I’m on to Writing 101.  The assignment for today was to unlock the mind by way of just letting pen to paper flow.  Since we are blogging this translates into letting the words flow on the computer screen and then publishing the post – the train of thought as experienced for a 20 minute timed write.  This post therefore is about writing.  It is the fruition of my allowing my immediate thoughts dictate the outcome of the post.  Unlocking the mind in this manner has proved easier than I had anticipated.

This last week was a bit of a break between Blogging Events offered by WordPress.com.  I had signed up for Writing 101 about 10 days ago I think and I was feeling rather tentative regarding committing mentally to joining in the course.  I thought to myself that I had plenty of things to write about and subject matters for my blog that I would like to see come to fruition so taking part in this course would distract me from my real mission of blogging on my desired subject matter.  Guess what!  I wrote like one post over the last week and did not manage to keep a daily habit so as such it would appear that the structure of a commitment is still needed so here I am.

Writing 101.  I am going to try and make this happen and keep the momentum going and maybe even write more than the assignments so as to fulfill my other mission and blog about chosen subject matters.