February 4th, 2020

big hairy deal

Mine Run Assay

I was concerned that my posting on social media might be a little heavier on some subjects than I'd like. That would have me leaving an impression on others that I might not like, either. So I did a little quick analysis. I categorized my last 50 posts on Facebook and my last 20 posts on LiveJournal.

My Facebook content was as follows:
Personal updates 16 (32%)
Humor 11 (22%)
Political foo 7 (14%)
Scouting 3 (6%)
Church 3 (6%)
Cooking 3 (6%)
Philosophy 2 (4%)
News 2 (4%)
Literature 1 (2%)
Linguistics 1 (2%)
Theology 1 (2%)
My LiveJournal content is included in the Facebook totals, since I routinely post my blog on FB; however, my LJ is a long-format blog, so it skews differently, to wit:
Church 7 (35%)
Personal 5 (25%)
Scouting 2 (10%)
History 1 (5%)
Political 1 (5%)
Theology 1 (5%)
Philosophy 1 (5%)
Linguistics 1 (5%)
Academia 1 (5%)

Two obvious differences here are 1) I don't post much humor on my LJ anymore and 2) I have a much higher church-related content on LJ than on FB. I think that's because my long-form pieces have been much more on church-related stuff due to the upheaval in The UMC.

I had the perception that politics was beginning to take over my online discourse, as it has some others'. I'm glad to see that the percentage of posts on politics is reasonably low. Mere numbers, of course, don't tell you much about tone, which is important. I don't want to be a raging partisan -- well, not a raging one, anyway. We have too much of that right now.

And I guess I'm pleased that my content covers a wide range of my interests. I don't just harp on one thing. I'm sure some folks have no clue what to make of some of my posts, but that's okay. Maybe I will stretch them a bit. Or at least, if they don't connect with a piece, somebody else will.

And even if not every piece turns everybody's crank, at least I don't think I'm being a bore.