Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Answering the proverbial bell
Today is Tuesday, lovely people. Confession time. Let's focus on science, behavioral in particular. For some time now I've been feeling like one of Pavlov's dogs. Several times a week, I hear the proverbial bell (prompt posting) and my fingers twitch. I bang out a made-to-order post. Bell goes off again and I hop around cyberspace like a frantic animal trying to find all the bones shared.
If writing to prompt isn't bad enough, having my reading habits shaped by the same stimulus bothers me almost as much. Often I'm missing good reads because I've conditioned myself to first read links to prompts. This reaction is in part because I participate in writing challenges, and I loathe linking up and bolting. In the old days, you could count on your peers' support. In a group setting, drive-bys were shunned. If you didn't know it was bad form to post and bolt (not commenting to others), you learned quickly. Because we no longer post actual work in group forums (Maude, I miss the bygone days of discussion forums. Anyone remember ezboard communities?), supporting is now akin to driving all over the state to visit your relatives but worse, it's not just for the holidays but multiple times a week. There's little wonder why I miss so many good posts, including those by the prompt participants. By the time I make it through several links for a each prompt, there's little time left for casual visiting. I mean at some point I need to actually write, right?
What do you do? Are you a fellow subject responding to the bell or are you deaf and doing your own thing? Visit family of choice only a few times a month? Can we talk about it?