Sunday, May 27, 2018

Instructions on How To Change The World

1. Be the difference you want to see in the world.

It's not enough to simply want change, or to grumble about things and hope somebody else does it.

There's been a lot of grumbling as of late about Facebook. Some of that is about a paywall, some of it is about privacy, some of it is about data breaches. However, almost without fail, every person I see or hear complaining about it fails to seek change. They all still not only use Facebook, but continue to provide the website with additional personal information.

2. Recruit people to your view point.

I'm not a leader. I'm not much a follower either. I'm the guy who keeps one foot in the antiquated old methodologies that everyone else uses for little reason than because everyone else is still using it, and with the other foot, strides out and looks for new ways to do things; which makes me walk a little funny sometimes.

As a consequence of my status, I don't have the means to encourage people to follow me. They see me more as an eccentric dabbler in things than as someone who forges a new path. I'm not a trendsetter.

I don't know what to do about it and it frustrates me.

I know about Facebook alternatives, I know how to implement most of them, and I have the technical knowledge to help people who aren't necessarily as savvy as I am to get them hooked up. But as far as I can tell, they're all trapped in a herd-style holding pattern. They don't want to move because their friends haven't moved, and their friends haven't moved because they haven't moved.

And I haven't completely moved on because those people who are stuck there make up the majority of my audience. I can't rove out in search of new platforms and abandon the old if my audience doesn't follow. And I have something of an unfortunate history of trying to drive my audience like the herd they often behave as, only for them to resist vehemently.

They don't want to be better, but will grumble about how horrible things are, and won't change when given the opportunity.

Sorry, bit of a rant. Just ignore me.