Can you even be bothered to answer the question?
Well I rarely write about being fed up .. but I am tired and bored of apathetic people. It seems that the world is overloaded with watchers who fail to engage. A thousand silent eyes.
I spent two days putting together a blog post. I traveled to Chelsea, interviewed experts on the subject, spent time photographing, writing, creating and editing what I consider to be an attractive and informative blog post and then tweeted. Nothing.
I tweeted again a few hours later.
After chatting to a few people, retweeting some things I found interesting and then .. you guessed it .. I tweeted my post again.
So I was left wondering what is the point? Does my writing have no value? Are my photographs unworthy of even a moment? It's like playing your heart out to an empty theatre.
I don't write for rating. I don't blog for statistics. I blog because I am communicating. It's two way thing.
Frankly I've watched over the past year or so as so much of Twitter has degenerated to a load of total and utter twaddle. Auto posts by bloggers too tired and lazy to bother tweeting themselves who signed up to various pieces of software to tweet on their behalf drive me potty.
It;s really partly my fault .. I've been guilty of just following people based on a whim and all of a sudden I am following over 800 people. Yes I know that you can do lists .. but really isn't that a bit pointless?
Then there is the serial competition re tweeter. Good God ( if I believed in one.) I'm all for the odd competition yes it's fun to try and win something by pressing a button .. but every tweet?
Oh and now I've got started .. there are the watchers. The ones you engage with for a moment and they lurk not engaging with you ever ever again. Just looking. So I feel like I am shouting in the dark.
I put a tremendous amount of effort into my both my blogs and my twitter, but you know two years ago when a post was written people would take some kind of interest. A beautiful photo was commented on, a good recipe re tweeted a news story shared, but not anymore.
To be fair I am at a loss as to what constitutes something worth commenting on or engaging with and I refuse to be rude about people, I am not going to be horrible about something for the sake of a response, and I'm not going to move to London and try to get in with the in crowd of foodies just to be up with latest food fashion.
To be honest it's partly my own fault. I try to respond to every tweet that is to me .. but in truth I can't engage with the people I like because I have followed so many people simply because they followed me. So what I would do in real life? Well I suppose I would value quality over quantity and so I'm going to unfollow all the people I am following just because they are following me. I am really sorry if I hurt anyones feelings but frankly I feel totally overwhelmed following so many silent people.
update at 7.30pm
I wonder .. . now that I have reduced the number of people I follow by over 500 I wonder how many will feel the need to unfollow me because I am not following them? .. oh .. nope .. I've stopped wondering now.
Oh and do you like the photo from my new cheese making course? .. on second thoughts I won't ask ... in case I just un -followed you......