Five Years

It was five years ago when I published my first post on Simplify. At that time, I was merely looking for an outlet away from Facebook (which I had then recently quit) to write my thoughts.

Since then, I think it’s safe to say that this little corner of the web has changed a few times; I hope for the better. Its latest incarnation as a mostly photo-centric site has been a lot of fun. I really had no idea what to do with all these photos anyway. Sharing them with you all has been great. It also has provided me the opportunity to shut up more often and let the images speak for themselves — I admit, that’s not something I think of doing most of the time. It always seems that some explanation of the image, some context, is necessary; but I’m learning it’s not. I guess I’m changing for the better as well.

I find myself at an intersection in my life right now. I am not interested in social media (I’m actually really bad at social media): I recently deleted the Instagram account I’d opened about a year ago. I’m still on Twitter, but it requires so little actual thought on my part.. the posts are automatically shared there. It’s great to have BNSF Railway and a few others like or retweet my train photos. I try to reciprocate when I think to log into Twitter.

I hate the leash known as my mobile phone, and I’ve considered getting rid of that, too. For one reason or another, that’s one I’ll have to keep for a bit longer; but I don’t do much on it… and I relish every opportunity I take to leave that nagging heap at home. We don’t have Netflix any more, and we’ve canceled our Drug Commercial Delivery Service (aka cable). There are whole weeks when our TV doesn’t come on at all. It’s brilliant! What I’m getting at is that I’m deliberately unplugging from the nonsense of the modern society. Not to be condescending or judgmental, all those activities are fine if you feel like spending your time doing them; they’re just not worth it to me. The time I spend on my computer any more is usually geared toward learning: honing skills or picking up new ones, editing photos. I don’t spend a lot of time reading the lies the media wants to sell me.

I don’t know what the future of this blog will be; I’ve considered closing up shop here too, on more than on occasion. I mean, for now, nothing here’s going to change. I enjoy interacting with all the fellow bloggers that choose to do so, and I’ve learned a lot and seen a lot of the world I wouldn’t normally have seen. That’s awesome! And humbling…

I won’t say anything like “here’s to another 5 years” because I don’t know if I want to wish that on myself yet. But I will say thanks to all of you who hopped on this crazy ride and have stuck it out with me, through all the previous iterations of Simplify.

You guys rock.


8 thoughts on “Five Years

  1. Carol Reamy

    Congrats to your five years. I don’t comment often but I do enjoy your photos and check them daily.

  2. SnapperTrx

    5 years is quite a long time. If anything, WordPress has been good for some discussion. I would love MORE discussion, which is why my last post was titled DISCUSSION PAGE. What good is all this communication if we never actually communicate? Either way, do what’s best for you, but for now keep those pictures rollin’ in!

    1. matt Post author

      I actually had started to leave a comment on your discussion page, but I hadn’t really thought through the topic enough by that point.

  3. wolke205

    Schon 5 Jahre… Hui…. Ich weiß gar nicht mehr seit wann wir uns hier folgen. Muss also auch schon ein paar Jahre sein 🙂 Ich bleibe Deinem Blog auch weiter treu 🙂 Bei Twitter habe ich mich erst vor ein paar Tagen abgemeldet. Nach 8 Jahren. Vieles hat sich (leider) zu FB verlagert.

    Ich hoffe Du wirst noch lange hier bloggen 🙂 Liebe Grüße

    1. matt Post author

      Du bist zu nett. Vielen Dank.

      Einer Grund, dass ich bloggen fort fahre, ist die Gemeinde um mich. Du und ander sind mir eine Inspiration. Wenn ich zu kündigen bloggen würde, ich würde immer noch die Blogs folgen, dass ich schon folge. Die Zwerge sind zu süß zu aufgeben. 🙂

      1. wolke205

        Das hast Du schön gesagt 🙂 Dann müsstest Du auch auf jeden Fall zurück zu FB kommen, damit wir den Kontakt nicht verlieren, wenn Du wirklich mal aufhörst zu bloggen 🙂

        1. matt Post author

          Wenn ich aufhöre zu bloggen, natürlich würde ich immer noch deine Blog folgen. 🙂


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