If you’ve been following my blog for a while (which you have, obviously, hence you chose to open the mail; Thank You!), you’d have noticed the posts have thinned out over the last few months.
There are a few reasons, which I’ll try to quickly surmise without boring you.
One, when I began writing, politics wasn’t a part of regular, everyday discourse. I was initially hopeful, as the emergence of politics in everyday debates could only be a good thing. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Today, political debate has been reduced to mud slinging and whataboutery. Left vs Right, Modi vs Kejriwal, Modi vs Ultron, Modi vs Anti Nationals. You have to be Left or Right, Black or White. Every morning, waking up is a pain because the first thing I see is the political outpouring of a guy I met six years ago over a chai and mirchi bajji.
I am slowly working on leaving Facebook, but till then, I’ll refrain from posting my blogs on Facebook. I don’t have it in me to argue with people over my views anymore. I’d be glad to discuss if you post a comment here, but I do not wish to be a part of the shallow, mud-slinging match that is going on.
The second reason is the ‘Performance’ aspect of posting something on Facebook. Before its advent, writing for me was just an extension of a journal, writing for writing’s sake. Gradually, Facebook helped my blog really boom, and it felt nice. People sharing your stuff, ‘tagging’ you, saying good things. But all’s well as long as you’re talking about Aamir Khan and Uday Chopra. As soon as you enter the marshy territory of politics, religion or social issues, my docile, fun-loving readers transform into sword-wielding online rioters. Slowly, lines are drawn, territories are demarcated, and shots are fired.
It has made me rethink my stances, question my beliefs. I have always held that beliefs are transient, they change and evolve. But these days, when I want to post something, I begin to wonder how X will take it, or Y, whom I met six years ago over chai and fucking mirchi bajji.
In the end, I decided to adopt a stance that a lot of sane minds across the world have adopted – Fuck Facebook.
I will not be posting stuff on FB anymore. And will try to post more regularly to the site. This is more liberating, since I don’t have to imagine X or Y while writing. It is more like writing into a journal in the old days. When it was just ink on paper, and the journal didn’t interact with you and give you a vague societal acceptance rating of the post. There was no Liking or Sharing, just Writing (and hiding from family and friends, because…well, India).
And finally, thank you, dear reader, for subscribing to my blog. I have never said this, but you are awesome. You, the reader who opens mail in office, the one who casually visits the site every few days to see if there is a new post. I will be writing for you more often. Fuck Facebook.