The internet is made of people. People matter. This includes you. Stop trying to sell everything about yourself to everyone. Don’t just hammer away and repeat and talk at people—talk TO people. It’s organic. Make stuff for the internet that matters to you, even if it seems stupid. Do it because it’s good and feels important. Put up more cat pictures. Make more songs. Show your doodles. Give things away and take things that are free. Look at what other people are doing, not to compete, imitate, or compare . . . but because you enjoy looking at the things other people make. Don’t shove yourself into that tiny, airless box called a brand—tiny, airless boxes are for trinkets and dead people.
In the comments, kathleen duey said:
I learned how to de-seed pomegranites on YouTube today. Thanks, guy from Arizona who put it up. I have wrestled with pomegranites all my life and now I won’t. I really, really appreciate it.
And that got me thinking about the “mission” of lectitans. I started this as a way to share my feelings about books I read. I have lots of blogs other places – kimberlyhirsh.com is my online business card as it were and I use that as a blog on occasion, kibathediva.net has been most recently a craft blog which I’m not calling a lifestyle blog and focusing on the “new domesticity,” mimula is about my adventures in theatre, both as performer and audience member (performer most recently), and then Whedoncraft (not udpated for nearly a year – I need to get on that, seriously) is for pointing readers to things other people make when they’re inspired by Joss Whedon.
I have a lot of times when I get overwhelmed thinking about updating one or the other of these, or I think of something but am not sure where to put it. I think I’ve found a new grounding, sort of. Work/school stuff will go at kimberlyhirsh.com; kibathediva.net will be all about anything I produce (cupcakes, hats, a web series?), and lectitans will be about what media I consume.
The subtitle for lectitans is “reading eagerly and often,” but we use “read” to mean things other than books. So I’ll be going with that interpretation of the word. My next post will be all about what I’ve been reading lately. I want to thank the people who put free things on the internet, where I can then learn from them.