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Hey guys!  Long time no see!  What's going on around here?

This place seems quieter than I remember but I remember mostly my heyday here which, I think was a few years after everyone else's heyday, but it was still pretty damn good.  That was back when the world made more sense.  I wasn't on Facebook, yet, and Instagram was barely a twinkle in it's daddy's eye.  I cherished this place (well not this *exact* place but the old this place) because it seemed to avoid the all of the ills of the internet that literally everywhere else on the internet succumbed.  This was where all my friends hung out and I couldn't wait to log on and see what everyone was  up to.

But then I realized how much I was missing because everyone here was on Facebook and meeting and planning things in Loopville.  So I signed up.  Hesitantly, at first, and then more actively as time went on.  I remember watching Loopville and Facebook kill the Loop and loathing it and yet participating in it as well.  You didn't have to come here to see your friends, you could see them, more of them, right from FB.  And, you didn't have to make time to bloop or to read a bloop, you could just post something thoughtless and people would comment and it would feel like interaction so the Loop got neglected. 

Let me just pause to say that Facebook is the Walmart of virtual human connection.  It kills smaller platforms while making it so easy to one-stop-shop all your distant connections.  It is huge, rich, and evil and too big to fight. 

Something else happened too.  I used to LOVE the denizens of the Loop.  I was happy and innocent and felt like I had a community.  And I liked it.  I liked the people.  I loved how connected I felt to people from all over the world, all kinds of people, all ages of people, who I would never have met, talked to, or liked otherwise.  And we were all runners and word nerds.  Everyone was supportive and positive, or got weeded out pretty damn fast. 

But then on Facebook I started learning who people really were.  I learned too much and I realized how much less I liked so many of them.  And that dislike followed me here.  And we were already disintegrating as a community but now there were people I would just scroll right past because I had such a bad taste in my mouth about who they were as a person.  And I am sure that happened to me as well.

And now we find out that was by design and I just can't do it anymore.

I'm so sad for the friendships I'll miss out on because I am no longer there but I'm looking forward to all the things I wasn't doing because so much of my time was wasted on FB or Insta.  Including this, I hope.

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Those were the days, weren't they? I miss them. I miss you. I miss a lot of things.

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55 minutes ago, Dave said:

Those were the days, weren't they? I miss them. I miss you. I miss a lot of things.

We were so innocent.

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I miss when everyone was writing too.... I miss when everyone was running well....

The Loop group on Facebook died too.

I guess ebb and flow.

Happy to read your writing again. <3

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38 minutes ago, ocrunnergirl said:

I miss when everyone was writing too.... I miss when everyone was running well....

The Loop group on Facebook died too.

I guess ebb and flow.

Happy to read your writing again. ❤️

Yeah, it seemed to be getting a little toxic last time I stuck my head in.  I still blame FB for provoking division.

Thanks! Sorry I won’t be in the little group :( and I had only just come back!

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I understand your decision, but ugh ... I hate to think about life without a little bit of KRG in it. Even the small glimpses you've been providing on FB over the last couple of years have helped me understand that you're in a good place. Know that I will be thinking of you - and hope to see you on here every once in a while. 

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28 minutes ago, CompulsiveRunner said:

I understand your decision, but ugh ... I hate to think about life without a little bit of KRG in it. Even the small glimpses you've been providing on FB over the last couple of years have helped me understand that you're in a good place. Know that I will be thinking of you - and hope to see you on here every once in a while. 

Thanks 😊 

I’ve been agonizing (and second guessing) this decision because I’m going to miss those glimpses of my friends, too.   And our little group in particular.  
 

I’m going to try to be here or idk… maybe someday a viable alternative to FB will take off. 

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I'm sure you learned who I really am on Facebook: a guy whose jokes really are that lame, not just in the Loop!

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46 minutes ago, mattw said:

I'm sure you learned who I really am on Facebook: a guy whose jokes really are that lame, not just in the Loop!

I learned you’re still hilarious and that Mrs mattw makes the most amazing hats!! 

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