Yesterday, I went ahead and made the confirmation announcement that I am rolling back the ModernTraditional Network to its pre-blog beginnings. Meaning I’ll be keeping all existing links as they are so long as I can afford it, but by February of next year, I won’t be maintaining them as blogs. If the traffic stays as low as it is, I’ll just keep the educational articles that I wrote, as well as links to actual contacts, and wipe the rest. There’s no point to taking all that extra space with content by people I don’t know and have no connection to.
The point was to promote likeminded people, but as in many things, I’m figuring out that there aren’t many people like me. The same way my professional focus has begun to center around people actually willing to invest financially, my personal time and effort will be centering on people investing socially and emotionally. I just don’t have the resources or energy anymore to be giving to “the world”.
It’s not that I don’t have a heart for humanity. I just understand that humanity needs some space from me right now. The difference between a medicine and poison is quite often the dosage, and humanity has been given so much free stuff that it can no longer tell the difference between good stuff, bad stuff, legit stuff, and scammy stuff, or when they’re signing up to be exploited.
The Fediverse has changed my whole internet outlook in so many ways, and a big one is showing me what the internet could be if people were more aware of how it worked. In the Fediverse we have some of the people who build the foundations of the internet as we know it posting, sharing, and just giving all the goodies without being obscured by algorithms. So I log on and learn something new every day. Things that used to be confusing and frustrating are clear. So with that new knowledge due to exposure to knowing and wise perspectives, I understand the thing to do now is conserve my energy and resources.
The internet has changed and will change a lot more very soon, but it will take the masses awhile to realize it. Meanwhile, working on the old premises is not going to serve me any better for the next few years than it has in the past year or so. I went from top of the list when someone was looking for accurate content on a few topics, to completely invisible because scammers, whitewashers, and thieves can afford to pay for ads.
And let’s be real. Being at the top of the list only really broke even because at the time, because it was breaking even, I had no interest in exploiting that position to get rich. I also had other things like my health to deal with. So I have no regrets, and I’m glad I didn’t try to go big because it would have been a worse fall once I found myself invisible. It was a good idea to keep things tight because I might have missed what was going on and kept trying to fight a losing battle with the algorithm and then AI.
Honestly, if I’m going to be broke for awhile, while everyone except the few, the aware, fight that losing battle until they realize the hopelessness of it, I’d rather be broke and relaxing than broke spinning my wheels for nothing. With the free time I have already, I’ve finished some art projects I was working on, and might even make a little money doing that and maybe even cooking again. We’ll see.