Communicating Online

Today’s blog prompt is: In what ways do you communicate online? I had to think about this one because except for an occasional phone call, almost all my not-in-person communication is online. (I had to check to see if texting is considered online, and it is.) I don’t participate in social networking anymore, or at least not much. I do check for personal messages on Facebook occasionally (about once every week or two), and I check Twitter every month or two, and LinkedIn every year or so, but for the most part, I eschew that sort of communication. I used to be big on all those sites, mostly to try to promote myself as an author, but the response has dwindled so much over the years and the aggravation has increased so much that it’s just not worth it.

I never did get involved in any of the other major networking sites. I tried Pinterest, and never saw the point. By the time I got a smart phone and could join Instagram, it had been bought by Facebook, and I didn’t want to increase my exposure to that company, especially since they treat me so poorly. I have no interest in video communication of any kind, not even just watching videos, so that leaves off a few more communication opportunities. For a while, I participated in Quora, answering questions about grief, but that lost its charm when they accused me of plagiarism, though it was only myself I was quoting.

[Is it even possible to plagiarize yourself? Seems silly to me. I mean, I own what I write, so I can do with it what I wish. Still, I checked online and apparently self-plagiarism is bad because you are passing off old material as new and original, which is considered academically dishonest, though if not in an academic situation, and if one is not being paid, I still don’t see anything wrong. I suppose, in spirit of honesty, I should admit that very occasionally I do copy parts of previous blogs posts or rework one I especially like that hardly anyone ever saw. After all, WordPress has a feature where one can copy a post to repost it — it’s all part of the process — so once or twice a year, I make use of that facet of the platform.]

After jumping feet first into communicating online when I first got my computer about fifteen years ago, I’ve cut way back on the ways I communicate. Now I text via phone, communicate via emails, and write this blog. All very basic for these days.

In what ways do you communicate online?


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

3 Responses to “Communicating Online”

  1. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    Social media seems to be a constantly evolving thing. I withstood the onslaught until after I sold my home business in 1998. Then, after I’d been writing for a while I took everyone’s advice to increase my visibility. I was already on Flickr; I started my blog in 2008, and slowly ventured into Facebook, Twitter and Instagram over the next couple years. I enjoy much about the online community but as the sites have grown and commercialized, they’ve decreased in appeal to me. In the past year I’ve quit Twitter and Instagram. I continue with Flickr for my photography, Facebook mainly for some of the special groups I belong to (birdwatchers, writers, dog breeders, etc.), and my blog for more general writing.

    My hubby and I both use our computers and smart phones extensively, so I think we’re as immersed in technology and communication as we need or want to be. We always enjoy it when we head to our little cabin in the woods for a holiday and leave it all behind. There’s no electricity or cell service there! 🙂

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      You’re right about online communication being a constantly evolving thing, but I don’t seem to be evolving with it. Anything I want to do anymore, such as post my photos, I do via blog. It’s still the best way for me to do anything online.

      • Carol J. Garvin Says:

        I agree, Pat. My blog is really the only place where I can control the content (and even then, I haven’t paid for my own ad-free domain, so advertising pops up there, too). But if I had to pick just one online location, it would be my blog.

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