Honesty….

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*SIGH*

I joined the World of Social Networking about 6 Years ago.  First with Facebook, and then with Twitter; about 2 years later.  Since then I have not added a lot of other spaces, with the exception of Google+ and this Blog.  It has been a long journey, and I have learned many things.  

As many of You know, back in August My Father died.  And during the time He was sick in Hospital, I had cause to rethink some things in My life.  One of those things was My use of Twitter, FB, etc.  I decided that since I used these sites for Social contact,  It was time to put that Social, back into My Networking.  At that time I culled over 3000 followers/follows from My account.  Those who did not engage, were not honest, exuded negativity, had NO presence in My Timeline at all; were culled.  I wanted a Fresh start, and thought that’s what I would get. Yet still….just as I think I have squeezed Myself into a comfortable niche….one filled with those like Me, sharing My principles, tenets and Interests; another curve ball is thrown My way!  

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I have always felt, as in Real Life, Honesty is of the utmost importance.  I have always used a real, relatively current picture of Myself.  I use My own name.  I do not hide where I live, how old I am, My marital status, or what I have done in My Lifetime.  I try to, never embellish in any way, who Eleanor Jodway is.  

My Friends in Real life can vouch for the fact that, I am a very blunt, forthright, honest and fair person; NEVER backwards in coming Forward!  When I have an issue with something, or someone; I confront it face first, immediately.  I don’t like to keep things inside, giving them the opportunity to fester.  And, I do not feel the need, EVER, to hash things out with everyone but the person/situation that I have issue with.  My modus operandi, is to deal with the person/situation, one on one…openly, and honestly.  If it cannot be resolved, then I walk away…move on.  I DO NOT go behind the scenes and engage in Character Assassination.  I do not cry in the open Timeline, (with or without identifying those who have wronged Me).  I simply disengage, and move on.  It is the right thing to do.  Really, I believe that I’ve made that perfectly clear, on more than a few occasions.  And yet, I who have tried to only put forth positivity; have time and again been the target of Hateful Trolls.  And, not ONE of those times, was it based honestly, on anything I had done!  

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I am making one final effort to get My point across.  If You have an issue with Me….if You think I have wronged You in some way….if You believe that either knowingly or not, I have aligned Myself with the wrong type of people or situations, if I have judged You wrongly or misunderstood something You’ve said or done; then I beg of You…..Please approach Me; in a kind, open, honest and mature fashion.  I Welcome this, having absolutely NOTHING to hide.  

I am human, and have erred in My lifetime.  Not one of Us is guiltless in that regard.  But, those days….the days of poor judgement and stupid decisions, are far behind Me; as they should be with a 55 year old Woman!  So People,  PLEASE do NOT belittle again; all the Wonderful experiences I have had through Social Networking.  I really enjoy the time I spend online, (which is not as often these days), and the Amazing people I have met.  Stop robbing Me of that. Why should I have to withdraw from Spaces because of the reckless, actions of others? 

 

THANK YOU

 

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To #FollowFriday, or not to #FollowFriday

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When I joined Twitter just over 3 years ago, there were No Hashtags, Tweet-Speak, Trending, Lists, etc, etc.  It wasn’t Long However, before the Platform began to Grow to include these things, and much more.   Amongst the Growth Spurt, were Follow Fridays.  Started as a way to recommend Great People for others to follow, and to pay Homage to those People.  As trends go on Twitter; eventually people became bored with the Follow Fridays.  I have to assume, that as People’s numbers climbed, and with the Birth of the Follower propelled “Twitter Giants”; it seemed no longer important to help new Tweeps find Solid Follows.  No Longer necessary to pay-it-forward so to speak.  Instead it seemed to become a numbers Game, in every respect!  New Apps targeted Twitter’s members.  Apps like KLOUT, Linkedin, Kred, FourSquare, and EAv; to name a few.  And, now….it was all about Status.  Who had the most followers….who had the Highest Scores….Whose Shares were worth the most!  How many trips and perks You could get for free.  How You could become a writer for an online publication.  How many times You could make a list, or be included in an Article/Post.  Those things seemed more important to Share,  and Somehow….kind Trends like #FF’s, became a thing of the past.  Now considered litter/noise, in the Timeline.

 

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I am sorry that the #FF mentions have become a thing of the past.  As most of You know…. I However, still do them.  I do not care if I get them back, but they are My way of saying….”You matter to Me!  I consider You an asset to Twitter/My Timeline, and I want to tell people that; so they don’t miss out on the experience of knowing You”!  And NO Matter HOW MANY People keep trying to Ram it down My Throat, that they don’t matter…they are noise, litter, spam; I will CONTINUE to do them.  Because People, I AM NOT convinced that You ALL do NOT matter anymore!  Nor Am I convinced that there are not still New people joining Twitter each and every day.  People, that like Me when I first started Twitter, could Use a Directional hand in finding their way around!  And Maybe…just Maybe, they matter too…yes?  Or maybe Not….unless they will somehow, increase someone Else’s Importance!

 

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And, just as an afterthought….I try diligently to reply to each person who addresses Me, one on one.  Though this may cause some litter in My Followers streams, I think of it as being respectful of the relationships I have built with people.  In RL, I would not address someone who spoke to me, in a Group format.  And I will admit, if I address someone personally, I find it in poor taste if they do not respond at least once out of every 5-6 tweets  A response once in awhile is proper etiquette in My opinion!  As a rule, if someone does not respond once in awhile; I consider they are not worth the follow.  I try to follow, Real, kind, and Engaging persons!  Even tho, this seems to have become a thing of the past too!  Lost, in the Numbers Shuffle. 

 

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Ellie

 

Photo Credits:

#FF Image  ~Kenny Silva

Follow Me Image  ~All Things Ghana

Respect Image  ~Odom L.

Baby-Boomer Fallout…

I don’t envy Parents, these days. Their desire to protect their Children is hard to realize, in the scope of Day to Day living. They can’t be with them all of the time…nor would their children want Them to be. But, each time they leave home, there is the worry what their Children will encounter…how safe the World They’re sending them out into, is!   We’ve left them a horrible legacy, (Us Baby-boomers).  One that has put them in Terrible Jeopardy!  I myself, have had cause to regret the Environment We created, as I’m sure have many from My Generation. Had We known back so many years ago, what Our actions would create; would We so readily have embraced Peace, Love, Groovy, and most Importantly..the battle against Establishment(?), (which is what they are paying for Now).

 

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Would We have truly wanted to create this Hostile Environment that Our new Young leaders are forced to live in each day?  I Don’t believe We would!!  It’s so very hard to convey to them, what it was, that We were really fighting for…and why. *SIGH*   And, Instead, We have created a World full of Anger, Depravity, Intolerance, and Dissent.  As one who helped to create this, I am daily reminded, of how awry it all went!  That being said, the damage is done!  And, right now I want to apologize, to Every Young person who has been made Victim of the fallout of those poor decisions; Myself and others made!

 

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They can still fix the things We broke.  Indeed I am seeing a Growing trend of Young People with just such a desire!  I beg that they will hold strong to those convictions.  NEVER give up their Ideals.  It may be a Long Hard road….but, at the end of the journey; there will be GREAT Reward.  They will have a More Humane World….one connected by the ability to access Anyone, from Anywhere; through the World Wide Web!  For the the first time in History, They will be able to rise above all forms of Rhetoric and Propaganda; to reach a Common goal.  Perhaps even, one day, attaining “World Peace”.  And at the very least, they could achieve a World where, “Their Children”, will feel Safe!  They can create a Kinder, Understanding Earth, and make their own Legacy.   This is “My Hope”, and moreover…this is what “THEY” Deserve! 

 

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Group Card, The end of an era….

I want to take a moment to explain something to all of You who have both received ‘s from Me in the past, and those of You who have participated in All of the Cards I have done:

First…THANK YOU! Goodwill is Free to share, and brings us all together in a loving and sharing environment! You were the true Heroes, propelling the Cards to Great Heights!

But, I NO LONGER Subscribe to . I have closed My account completely. Tho I will miss it, they have not been willing to fix the problems they have with their app, and in fact, when I recently contacted them about doing just that, so I could return to doing the cards everyone Loves so much; they took away my last 3 months of membership, without even notifying Me. They obviously don’t need My business, which is fine; but I cannot support their business either, under these Circumstances.

So Please people, Understand that I cannot participate in any further ‘s. Until I replace this app, I will continue to share Goodwill, by sending cards from American Greetings, Smilebox and Jackie Lawson Cards, to each of You, on Your Special Days!

Hopefully I will be able to, either have an app developed, or find a suitable substitute for ! I Love to share Goodwill with people, and sorely miss doing the Cards. So, Please do not be offended when I do not participate in the Group Card experience.

(((HUGS))) to all of You!

“Springtime”

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Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!

~L.H. Bailey

 

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THANK YOU!

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SPRING

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Spring raindrops tapping out promises….

   of brighter days filled with New Life.

 

Tulips and daffodils peeking up from long winter sleeps.

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The sound of the birds song, on the Morning breeze…..

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And, the World becomes filled with color again…..

    Because, Spring has Sprung! 

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~EJJ

 

Pictures courtesy of:  Image Gallery