Everyone has their own reasons for using Facebook. For some, it’s because everyone else does. For others, the reasons are more in tune with trying to stay connected with loved ones and friends.
For me, I would say the latter. I like to know what’s happening with my friends, and I find that not having Facebook would be detrimental to that (not being invited to events, having the expectation you know what’s going on in others’ lives, etc.). However, I find that for most people, Facebook is politics.
After being dumped recently, I mentioned to a mutual friend that I was thinking of “unfriending” the person that dumped me. I was told that “unfriending” them would be an immature thing to do. Instead, I should just hide their posts and continue to consider them my friend. On Facebook, anyway.
However, when the person that dumped me ended up blocking me on Facebook completely, none of our mutual friends batted an eye.
Then, as the result of my ex lying about things that happened after the breakup, one couple who I had considered friends told me I was no longer welcome at their apartment. Woah. Now that’s a pretty big statement. “You are no longer welcome at my apartment”? Says a lot about the boundaries of your relationship.
Guess what, though? They have still kept me as “friends” on Facebook, and I’m told the whole situation will just “blow over” in time. However, to me, telling me I’m not welcome at your domicile is a pretty clear message that you are not my friend anymore. So why am I still “privileged” in being your friend on Facebook?
I’ll tell you why. Facebook politics. I wonder what the person who told me I was being immature by wanting to unfriend my ex would say about the couple informing me I was unwelcome at their living quarters. Are they being immature by keeping me as friends on Facebook? Or did they handle the situation well?
Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer. I wish it was cut and dry. It seems that Facebook is another way of being two-faced; maintaining friends to the public who you really don’t consider yourself friendly with at all. I always prided myself in only having friends on Facebook who I would actually spend time with outside of the online world…but perhaps I have had the wrong approach?
Oh, so you say that I should maybe update more than once a month.
We will see how that goes.
I can’t believe how stressed this semester is making me, but hopefully I calm down a bit and take the time to write more regularly.
I’m still struggling with this whole blogging thing. This is a medium and a genre that interest me so much, but I struggle to keep it interesting and find an audience. Who would read what I have to say, after all?
I guess I don’t have the self-confidence for regular blogging, because there’s a lot I could say, a lot of things I’ve written down in a notebook as post ideas, that never make it to the blog because I fear the flames of people that don’t agree with me or know more about a subject than me. But I guess that’s what you get when you “put yourself out there” through a blog?
After all, I’ve seen way more controversial blogs that cover things way more close-minded than anything I could say (although is it really close-minded to say that Lady Gaga is part of the Illumati? That’s super imaginative, if you ask me).
Well, I will do my best. I’m thinking of reworking with Cheap Geeks Anonymous, and maybe gaining another writer in the hopes of continuing content and keeping everything fresh.
Or, I could default on posting cute pictures of my cats. Who doesn’t like cat pictures?
New semester, more stress, back to blogging. Sort of?
I’m hoping I can make this more of a habit, but I’m not sure if that will actually happen. I might decide, in the midst of all the other research I’m doing for this project, that keeping up with my own blog is just unecessary or impossible with all the other stress in my life.
I may end up making an entirely new blog on WordPress, but for the time being I’m happy here.
So, the first project for the semester in Capstone was to, using any genre, evaluate what we want out of life. Thinking of what I want my Capstone project to be and my fascination with food blogging, I made a pull-apart cupcake cake. I’ve never tried it before, so it was a buttercream-y adventure!
Overall, this is like the easiest thing ever. I found this way easier than decorating individual cupcakes (though I discovered that I am awful at writing with a decorating pen). Plus, there’s tons of frosting on the cupcakes, and who can go wrong with more homemade buttercream?
I’m not a goddess at food photography, so bear with me. Maybe by the end of this semester I will get better?
In evaluating what I want from my life and what my future holds, I basically decorated the cupcakes to focus on broad, general things I wanted out of life, and explained a bit more when I presented.
I want to enjoy my job.
I want enough money to life comfortably.
I want family and friends who love and support me.
I want a close-knit group of friends.
I want the freedom to travel.
I want the freedom to spend time doing the things I love (like baking!).
I want the freedom to change things up if I want.
And ultimately, who doesn’t want to be happy and enjoy life?
Like I did with 750 Words, I’ve decided to write up a post including what I know about Fitocracy and my own experience with it before diving in and doing too much other article-reading. This will, hopefully, let me organize my initial thoughts and set a beginning point before learning more about the site through others’ opinions.
Basically, Fitocracy is a website and online community centered around getting fit and living a healthy lifestyle. The site’s motto, “Level Up Your Fitness,” is an extremely fitting and succinct description of the site; the basic premise is that you track your workouts, earning points, and leveling up when you have amassed enough points.
Stripping Fitocracy down to it’s basics, like I mentioned above, has a user doing three very simple things:
- Logging Workouts
- The site it about being fit, right? This is the feature of the site and ties in everything else. You log your workouts under the “Track” tab, picking whatever activity you did from Fitocracy’s huge database of activities (everything from push-ups to bench presses to snowboarding) and simply type in the details of your activity (how many push-ups? How much weight for your barbell squats? How long and how far did you run?). That’s it.
- You are able to log workouts for the current day and any previous day. If you aren’t able to log something, or forget to, for an entire week, you can go back and log each workout.
- Can’t find an activity? Even though Fitocracy has a huge database, they don’t have everything. Part of the problem is they’re still in beta. But, they are open to suggestions for adding new activities. For example, followers of certain workout videos on YouTube were struggling to log some activities for their workouts, so they compiled a list of suggested activities with video examples and pitched them to the site owners. Most of the activities showed up in their database a week or two later.
- Earning Points
- Obviously, tracking workouts wouldn’t be that fun if you weren’t rewarded for it. Each activity you track earns you points based on the difficulty of the activity/how many muscle groups it engages, the weight you are using (if it is a weighted activity), and how many reps/how long you enjoyed the activity. For example, a set of 10 push-ups is going to earn you more points than a a set of 10 crunches. Bench pressing 50 lbs earns more than squatting 30 lbs.
- Leveling Up
- Earn enough points, and you level up!
- Leveling up is easier at lower levels. Everyone starts at level one, and if I remember correctly, leveling up to 2 only takes 500 points. I’m at level 20 right now, and need to earn 6,000 points to level up.
- Points don’t stack. So, those 500 points I earned to get to level 2 are not helping me get to level 21. I need to earn 6,000 additional points to reach 21. However, under your stats page, you are able to see how many points you have earned since joining and how many you have earned in the past 30 days.
It may sound simplistic (because it kind of is), but there’s something insanely rewarding about reaching the next level. Maybe it’s just the gamer in me talking, but I love the satisfaction of logging a workout and having my results pop up along with a congratulatory “You’ve reached Level __!” I’ve never felt happier doing an extra set of burpees!
There you go. Those are the basics (in my opinion). I’ll be writing up another post shortly on all the other things on Fitocracy and why I think it fits into “new new media.”