• Location: Istanbul - Turkey
  • Trip Dates:
  • Day: 16 May 2018
  • #DAY2

Ramblings on Social Media: Re-Discovery of the Joy of Getting an E-mail

Since I am usually used to some excitement coming out of social media in a periodical manner and now that it is gone, I realized that I re-discovered the joy of getting an email and how more meaningful it is to get a proper email from someone free of emojis as opposed to a like or very short comment on social media, which usually goes like “awesome”, “good job”, “green heart green heart and another green heart”. The re-emerged joy of getting email reminds me of the old AOL days, which got me addicted to getting an email with the sound that would come out of the computer as soon as the dial-up connection was established – “You Got Mail”. Over the years, AOL has been replaced by Hotmail for me and then at age 24 by work email. With that last move – “You Got Mail” concept has sure lost its charm on me and the email started signifying rather than excitement.  Over the years,  e-commerce and therefore e-marketing took off and the concept of getting an email also started to signify the concept of “junk” “uselessness” “something to get rid of” for many of us. It was not until I set a time to unsubscribe from every single useless email chain that I either voluntarily or involuntarily been subscribed to and also got my own domain name and the email that that personal email account re-started having some meaning for me.  I over the years followed a strict routine of taking time to unsubscribe from any email that hits my inbox and which disinterests me so I have a pretty much clean inbox, which only hosts email that I am interested in or should be interested in.  Now that there are no instagram refreshments, no scrolling – the email again has started to be something I look forward to as that is the only message coming my way through the web.

What Did I Do With My Re-Gained Time?

#1 Changing the art work – I have recently quit my beloved apartment of eight years and moved back in with my parents. It is nice to be around them and also cut my costs and the move made a lot of sense for me since I am on the road for more than almost 6 months a year. I have a nice big room here but I was lazy to put up the photo/illustration work that I love to be surrounded by. So I did that today and I already feel in a better mood // #2 Reading – So “the Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories” by Yasunari Kawabata that I wrote about in yesterdays first social media diet entry worked and I picked up the book this morning as the first thing as opposed to my phone.  The book compiles short stories by Kawabata and I have to admit that I like his stories more than his two novels that I wrote about in a recent post concerning books about Japan Most of the stories in this book – other than the opening one – are excerpts from his life trying to explore the postponement of grief and how the memory or the lack of it helps us survive // #3 Web Reading I re-read this amazing essay by Craig Mod titled – “How I Got My Attention Back” – as you may guess, Mod’s essay was among the reasons leading me to a social media diet.

Any Withdrawal Symptoms?

I found myself typing facebook on the web browser few times but that was about it. I have not yet missed anything coming out of Facebook or Instagram – Twitter on the other hand is more difficult since I find it to be a much more entertaining platform where I am mostly a passive participant with no stake in the RT game (90% of my tweets get zero RT in anycase) but just a follower of handful of great accounts.

Diary of Day 1

Post of the Day

“Do not read this great book by Alex Kerr during or before your first trip to Japan. Let yourself get amazed with the country first, fall in love with it blindly without noticing any of its unpleasant sides. If you love Japan in your first visit, it is very likely that you will keep visiting (the country is known to have an addictive effect on people). You may with your second visit to Japan (when there are less butterflies in the stomach) start noticing certain things about that country, which are not all that fascinating and only if you are already at that stage, Alex Kerr`s book will be a great supplement to confirm your doubts about the country that you once madly fell in love with. Do  not worry though, by that time, even though the butterflies may long be gone, your love for Japan will already be deep enough that you will continue to love it no matter what. Alex Kerr still lives in Japan if that helps. Lost Japan is a great read to dive into the world of a man who is madly in love with Japan but is also not afraid to criticize the country and tell us how it changed over the years.” For more: Non-Guide Books to Accompany You in Japan.

Nakasendo tea house
A tea house on Nakasendo trail in Japan – photo taken in March 2018