What Do You Love Most About Wordpress?

Fionnuala and the kids have been trying in recent weeks to drag me kicking and screaming into the 21st Century by adding me to the family’s Snapchat group. This appears to involve sending each other photos and/or videos of yourself with animal ears or speaking in squeaky voice. Or both! At the same time!!

It’s all a bit beyond me. Firstly the app couldn’t acknowledge my facial features when I tried to take a photograph. Now I realise I’m no Brad Pitt or George Clooney but at the same time this was a bit of a blow to my already fragile self-esteem as Fionnuala says I’m no Quasimodo either.

I’d never seem a photograph of him before today but I have to say the face rings a bell….

*tumbleweed drifts across screen*

Anyhoooooo….another app they’ve introduced me to is Bitmoji. You know the one where you can create a cartoon character of yourself which can then reflect your every mood. Say happy….

Or sad…..

Or I feel like rocking the Christmas elf look.

In hindsight I don’t think I have the legs for those tights….

That aside I’ve taken to Bitmoji like a duck to water. Fionnuala is already bitterly regretting showing me how it works as I now bombard her and other friends with Bitmoji images as opposed to texting them ‘words’ or, heaven forbid, having an actual conversation. With words, eye contact and adulting stuff like that.

Isn’t it amazing how lazy we have become at communicating with each other. Why bother expending all that energy expressing yourself when a 😊 or a πŸ‘πŸ» will suffice. We love creating layers and barriers in order to hide our true selves. Being honest and open is almost regarded as a sign of weakness in this day and age.

We have become an emoji culture.

We are in fact an emotionless culture.

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all the same. So many people offering up entirely inaccurate and misleading caricatures of who they really are. We are the happy selfie generation while inside there is despair and selfishness. Nobody sees the real person anymore. They are buried beneath fake smiles and glazed eyes.

That’s what I love about you guys. The WordPress community. Realism. Warts and all. So real it cuts me to the bone at times. You wear your hearts on your sleeves every day. You inspire and motivate me. You tell stories of brokenness. You speak the truth even if it is a painful truth. You desire healing and growth. You want to move forward, to leave behind the zombie generation.

You want to help others but realise, before that, you have to help yourself.

We are the refugees of social media. The online outcasts. We have fled the coming storm and sought sanctuary within WordPress. It is our fortress, our stronghold. We have pulled up the drawbridge and now sit around the fire telling stories of struggle and recovery. We are a family, a community. We are one.

We don’t need selfies. We don’t pout or preen for the camera. We are what we are. Fragile, weak, yet real. Words are our weapons and tools. Together we are strong. There are multiple beliefs and faiths on the blogs I read here every day. But they are bound together by love, empathy and wisdom.

Physician heal thyself. But you are. One day at a time. One blog post at a time.

Why do you love most about WordPress?

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  1. I read this right after responding to your comment on my blog and could not stop smiling. I love WordPress because it’s helping come out of my shell little by little to be just what you said: real! I’m tired of hiding behind the walls of emojis, memes, and gifs even though they can be fun. I’m so glad that I get to be apart of this community and I’m glad to be getting to know you and your family better too!

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  2. Ohhhh I haven t heard of bitmoji I need to try it outπŸ™ƒπŸ˜„πŸ€— I love wordpress or blogging because it s the one social media where I can really post and read real content, share things that are important to me and get inspirations by others. It s really more about being read that being seen…have a great weekend!πŸ’ž

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  3. Good post. And a good question.

    I’m on WordPress because it’s really easy to use (pretty much idiot-proof, in fact) and because I find the tyranny of brevity on Twitter and Facebook to be suffocating… I like my writing to be able to BREATHE – to have the word count it needs.

    I’ve also come to quite enjoy the community that I’m a part of and I love discovering weird and wonderful blogs… I especially love anything different… there’s something quite endearing about many of of these blogs, I think; they’re real labours of love.

    Hehe. By the way, I like your cartoon renderings, Stephen – I’ll have to give this Bitmoji a go!

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  4. Wow! Don’t know where to start from (again!) πŸ˜„
    First, I don’t know many people who are able to make me laugh and think at the same time! Those words about (anti)social networks is kind of my brain scanner…
    And I have been touched by your moving and inspiring words about WordPress.
    Mira!! You complete a picture when I thought that nothing could have made it more perfect… there you come in when this incredible tune! Thank you all guys! You are AMAZING!
    πŸ€—

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  5. Haha nosey troll – I’m a UN baby – raised in Africa, born to parents of multinationalities (: I am anything but one thing alone *she answers broadly* πŸ˜„

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  6. I love WordPress because as I write I pour and sort out my thoughts, fears, joys and concerns in hopes that the words that spill forth help others as they traverse this road on their way to eternity. It also allows me to “meet” and read those thoughts from such wonderful bloggers such as yourself. Many blessings to you and your family.

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  7. This is beautiful. I’ve always thought WordPress was different from the rest of social media, but I couldn’t ever put my finger on the reason. You perfectly described it. Thank you 😊

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  8. I love the community of WordPress. I’ve made some good friends here, and connected with a few of them on Facebook.

    I also like the ease of using WordPress. To me, it seems much more “user-friendly” than some other sites I’ve tried.

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  9. I blog boss to meet a challenge the Lord gave me. My Pastor drove me home from church one Sunday and I promised him I would start a blog. I think I wrote my first post that day.

    The written word communicates spirit – the human spirit. And that is powerful. And spirits are contagious, both good and bad. So, I have been blessed on more than one occasion by writers/bloggers who have expressed their hearts through the WordPress medium.

    As you say, the writers are ‘real’. God created in us an innate capacity to discern human authenticity. There is something about being ‘authentic’ that touches a special place in our soul. Jesus is real and he obviously desires us to be likewise.

    (Yes, I can never post a comment on your blog without taking up all of your precious real estate out there πŸ˜€).

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  10. “One day at a time”, huh? Well, that is my blog’s title, so that you for that piece of advertisement πŸ˜€

    No, please do not go and join the dark side of emoji only writing. However, I have to agree that Bitmoji is a lot of fun. Multiple people tried to make me use it, but I didn’t think it was for me, but once I tried it… I consciously made the effort to not use it as often, because I would be addicted and soon would forget what words are.

    WordPress… aside from my off and on recent problems with commenting on the platform, I like the fact that we have issue to such a wide array of bloggers.

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  11. I love being able to have a platform, and to share, encourage, and uplift others. I never thought I’d have something like before, nor the amazing community that has welcomed me and supported me. πŸ™‚ This was fun to read.

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  12. Great writing. I’m new to the WordPress community. Still trying to figure out all this blogging stuff because I love to write and want to showcase it, but I have to say, an unexpected gift has been finding people who think and express themselves as I do. I wish I had more time to read, comment and interact with others. Hopefully, I’ll get there as I become more efficient.

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  13. I have found WordPress to be a great platform where you can engage with others who have similar gifts and passions. I have only been blogging consistently for about 7 months but really look forward to connecting with people from all over the world in 2018. A great place to be able to challenge and encourage people as well

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  14. I love how WordPress allows you to create your own online space and community to share and support with. It’s been a big help to me over the past few years from both a writing and a reading perspective.

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  15. Been thinking a lot about this post over the weekend. The last few paragraphs in particular. Still processing, but it definitely resonates.

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  16. “Being honest and open is almost regarded as a sign of weakness in this day and age…” I wonder why this may be so. Identifying the real me, beneath the false selves has been my life’s work. Exploring authenticity is difficult. I just don’t see the weakness in this pursuit. I have often said that WordPress is a forum where women go to be seen and a place where men go to hide. I still stand by this opinion. It’s a place where I work things out, regardless of whether my words are read or embraced. The self- examination is the journey. One I will travel until my last day.

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