As I was sifting through the pile of messages I get from the Chileheads Facebook page, I started to ponder the ever-increasing role of social networking on the life of the average chilehead. It wasn't that long ago, that social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Google+ did not yet exist. The coming of the blogs was a new and exciting aspect of the chilehead world that coincided with much of our hobbies (and for some, their vocations) invading the virtual world. For each person who had a blog, it was their own personal voice that
let them stand on a soapbox and tell everyone passing by a little about themselves, what they liked, and even what they didn't like. For the most part, however, it was a first-person voice since blogs almost always reflected primarily the opinions of the blog's owner…or the main writer, anyway. Sure, the chilehead world has seen its share of opinionated commenters, effusive personalities, and even a ugly troll or two, but the oomph of the blog usually came from one voice.
Enter the social networks…
Now, opinions are like assholes…everyone has one. However, now each person can not only share their opinions, but can interact with others about topics in a way that few people had ever imagined. So if you didn't care for the way that a particular blog just shat upon your favorite hot sauce, you can take to Facebook and launch your own diatribe about how much you like it and think that everyone should be forced to carry a bottle of it in their pants.
But I digress….
It does make me wonder, though, whether or not that blogs and bloggers have lost a bit of steam with this change in the virtual world. Why rely on someone else's take on it when you can tweet out 140 characters about it yourself? Perhaps let all the chileheads on the Facebook page know about your prowess growing peppers or rubbing Jolokia peppers across your gums? This would seem to be a snowball rolling downhill.
I don't begrudge it. In fact, I embrace it. To quote the words of the immortal Ferris Bueller:
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.