the walking writer

In an effort to try to make more out of my website and spend more time on one of my favorite hobbies (making websites), I decided to try making some tribute sites to some of my favorite things. The first, and hopefully not the last, is a website for The Sims 4. It’s taken me way longer than it should have to make it, but I had a lot of fun making a site from scratch without using WordPress or another CMS. The site is not meant to even come close to the content of general sites for The Sims 4. Instead, I just wanted to focus on the parts of the game I love the most, including custom content and writing random articles about the game. It’s also a great place to dump my collection of screenshots.

Without further ado, please visit Moody Sims!

I’m not a big user of social media. I had a Twitter account for my blog once, but I typically used my tweets just to rant about stupid stuff; I ended up deleting it. I do have a Pinterest account, but I tend to think of that as a collection of pretty pictures, not really a place to socialize. I’ve had to spend plenty of hours writing about social media for clients, however, so I’ve certainly spent enough time on social media networks to understand the basics. That said, there are still plenty of things that make no sense to me on social media:

Parents Who Overshare Details About Their Kids

This one is worthy of a series of blog posts, but I’ll keep it short. I do not understand parents who must share every detail of their children. Although there are many issues with this (including people who use innocent pictures for inappropriate purposes), I tend to focus on the following: the children pictured have no say in what their parents are publishing. Years down the road, these kids are not going to be too happy that pictures of them sitting on the toilet are all over the Internet for their employers and significant others to see.

Hashtagging Everything to Death

Hashtags are useful things; they help people find content and help you organize your own content. However, using a dozen hashtags for each Instagram or Twitter post is ridiculous and looks like spam.

Using Social Media to Talk to Your Significant Other

Don’t you have your partner’s telephone number? Sure, maybe you’re at work and can’t use your phone, but can’t you just send an email instead? Why do the rest of us need to witness your conversation about your dinner plans?

Missionary Work

I use Facebook solely to keep in touch with my family, not to read religious news and inspirational quotes. It’s your Facebook, so of course you’re free to do what you want with it. But is it really worth annoying your family members just to share stuff like this? If you really want to post religious stuff and have discussions, consider starting a blog for it.

People Who Retweet Constantly

I’ve seen Twitter accounts that seem to serve little purpose except to retweet other people’s Tweets over and over. It surprises me to see accounts with such little original content managing to have thousands of followers.

Maybe this list just proves that I’m too old and uncool for social media. Oh well.

Once upon a time, I had a Twitter account.  I enjoyed writing little random snippets about anything on my mind.  But I quickly discovered how much I dislike Twitter, from the random spam people who follow you to the obnoxious people Twitter wants you to follow.  After deleting that, I tried a tumblr.  However, it seemed a little silly to post my thoughts on a site I don’t own when I have a perfectly good one here.

Thus, this silly little site was born.  And thus ends the first post of this blog, the post that is always the hardest to write!