Based in quincy, Massachusetts, this 50+ is wondering what's next and how best to get there

Goodbye Facebook

Goodbye Facebook

Well, maybe not goodbye, but I am finding fewer and fewer reasons to use FB. It used to feel like a way to connect with what was happening in people's lives. It's evolved in to what feels like an advertising platform interspersed with posts from people I know but am not particularly close to. I DO like connecting with fellow HC1 owners on the Happier Camper Owners Group, but I'm getting less and less value from logging on in general. Time to bury it in a folder somewhere on my iPhone - maybe that little extra friction to find it (which means I have to not use Search, which I use all the time but hey, it could work) will wean me off. 

Alternatively, I am starting to engage more and more on Instagram - but I just made some big changes in what I'm following. I was originally using Instagram the way I use FB - connect with people I know to see what's happening in their visual lives. But honestly, most people I know post crap pictures that don't make me respond in any way. My cousin, a co-worker, a few friends and family - they have a great eye for their photos and I enjoy seeing their posts but for most people, not so much. So I've just had a Great Cleansing of who I follow so that I can focus on visuals that give me a real sense of joy or appreciation, that inspire me. Which means I've just spent a lot of time looking at new hashtags, trying to identify people who are posting about travel, adventure, campers, great life experiences, counter culture... Enjoyable yes, but I can't help but think going for a long walk or even a jog would have been a better use of my time.

I think as a general statement that I am trying to make social media work for me in productive or positive ways, as opposed to being a time suck that I get virtually nothing from. I've never been big on Twitter. Snapchat still seems like their UI/UX was designed by a drunk duck (yeah I know, Instagram has co-opted a bunch of Snapchat features but they've delivered them in a more intuitive way) and any new platform I've tried just hasn't had the community scale to make it interesting enough. So for now, Instagram it is and maybe you will see me, occasionally, on the Facebook. 

Wanderlust

Wanderlust