It’s been a while since I’ve thrown an update on this site and while I feel a touch of shame about that, it’s only a touch. Social Media has taken the place of a lot of posts that I used to generate here as a matter of course. Whether that is a good or a bad thing is debatable but what is not open to debate is the fact that more of us, including me, are more likely to catch up on Instagram than on any specific website, including this one. That wasn’t as true in 2012, when this site started up, as it is now. Times change.
Add to this the antisocial and insane comments that come flowing in after a new post goes up. I don’t think they come from actual humans, for the most part. Rather, it’s armies of bots that want to sell you little blue pills or convince you that Hitler was misunderstood or that drinking two glasses of water first thing in the morning will make your penis larger. I think I have disposed of them all as of this writing but I know that more are on the way. I spend more time taking down the spam than I do writing the updates and after this many years, the process has grown tiresome.
The Ikkatsu Project has a number of big programs up and coming this year, from teacher training in microplastics to building a paddleboard out of marine debris and racing it this June. Add to these a year-long kayaking focus on the southern Salish Sea, a new book project and several stewardship opportunities and there is plenty to talk about. The Ikkatsu Instagram account is regularly attended to and most newsy items seem to fit well there, better than here. Tags can be applied, connections made and stories received that are difficult to duplicate here.
I don’t like to think that it’s all done on this platform. Everybody needs a web address, right? I can still see a need for a space to tell longer stories and to store writing ideas until they are ready for use, so it’s not going anywhere. For now, anyway, but if you haven’t checked out the Insta, come on over and see if there might be something to get you engaged. Then comment, and let me know if any of this makes sense.
(Can you tell I’m pushing the Instagram today?)