Photo: Cindy La Ferle
As a lifestyles columnist, I’ve been concerned about new research on how social media use impacts our mental health, productivity, and well-being. I’m also watching new developments in social media privacy issues.
Which is part of the reason I decided to start a personal blog, Things that make me happy. I like to think of it as an online journal, a safe place where I can share my creative projects or whatever strikes my interest at the moment — new books I’m reading, political musings, family updates, inspirational quotes, photos of my gardens and places I’m visiting — and anything else I’d share with good friends. (I’ll continue to use Cindy La Ferle’s Home Office strictly as a professional resume and for public writing workshop announcements.)
One of the advantages of personal blogging, in my view, is that it’s not as “in your face” as most social media sites. Readers can choose to bookmark or subscribe to a blog — or totally ignore it — which frees the blogger to post content with a greater sense of candor. (Unlike Facebook, privacy settings on Google Blogger are easier for me to handle.)
I don’t keep track of subscriptions to my posts, nor am I trying to build an audience. I’ve simply created it in response to friends, readers, and family members who tell me they miss my postings on Facebook. To view Things that make me happy, please visit here.