Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Social Media Is Like A Christmas Letter

Kay and I enjoy watching recorded episodes of Last Man Standing. I especially like the character Tim Allen plays, one with whom I often identify. In an episode we saw last week, he decided to make Christmas less hectic for his wife by farming out the associated chores to his family. The two daughters who were charged with writing the Christmas letter decided it was boring, so they spiced it up by saying the mother had joined a cult, the father was now a member of a biker gang... You get the picture. And the kicker was that people recognized that this was fictional, but enjoyed it.

My agent, Rachelle Gardner, posted last week about jealousy felt by authors. I have to agree with her, because social media posts by authors often read like a Christmas letter--accounts of triumphs and nice things. Few, if any, of them post the boring details of life: the everyday problems we all face, the humdrum situations we all find ourselves in. Why? Because they'd be like many of our Christmas letters, and no one would read them.

Do you find yourself skimming past posts made on social media because they're boring? Or do you sometimes catch yourself wishing you had the life of those who post only the good things they're going through? What's your opinion on social media--or, for that matter, Christmas letters? I'd like to hear.

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10 comments:

Gail H. said...

I think Christmas letters are so fake or braggadocious at best. I had a "friend" that always used prayer and praise time in our Bible Study Class to drop accomplishments that her children had made.

Richard Mabry said...

Gail, I have to agree that some Christmas letters (I'm not willing to tar all of them with the same brush) are merely means to say, "How great we are." Thanks for your comment.

Patricia Bradley said...

I've never written a Christmas newsletter, but if I did, I would be tempted to do what the girls on the show did. I've always wanted to be on Wheel of Fortune where every contestant has Christmas letter families. When Pat Sajak asks about my family I want to say, "I have an unemployed husband who drinks and two regular daughters and only one of them has been in jail. :-)

Richard Mabry said...

Spoken like a true writer, Patricia. I, for one, would love to read what you write (or say on Wheel of Fortune). Thanks.

Paula Shreckhise said...

Some blogs or emails I DO skim but never yours or Patricia's. I always look forward to them and regularly respond! ,!!!!!(inside Joke for Patricia)
I do anticipate some Christmas letters because I'm interested in what has been happening through the year. I also like it when my Christian friends use their annual letter to witness to others not of the Faith.
Blessings and I hope this year gives you something exciting to put in your Christmas Letter. LOL
I love Wheel and Jeopardy!

Richard Mabry said...

Paula, thanks for your kind words. Glad you enjoy this blog--after a month off from blogging, it was hard to get started. Besides that, I was afraid that--like some (not all) Christmas letters--no one would read it. I appreciate your comment.

Jackie Smith said...

Lol at the comments today.....enjoyed them...all so true~~

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Jackie. Sometimes I think the comments are the best part. I appreciate your stopping by.

EM Griffith said...

Most of my FB friends share funny posts, pictures of their families, etc. so I don't skim through them, but there are only a small (total) number. When I do skim, it's because they've uploaded 38 pictures or something. I always LOVE the Christmas newsletters that include a bit of humor. Once I got a "newsletter" that was written as though by the family pet. It was a gas!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Elise. I've gone through several phases with my "personal" FB page--cartoons, pictures, memes. My "fan page" is pretty well confined to writing. Still haven't decided how to go re social media. As for Christmas letters, we haven't sent one in several years. Our life is so hum-drum.