12 Bloggerz January Round – Up

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A round up of some of the interesting answers we received to last month’s episode of 12 Bloggerz – January 2021
What do you think will be the future of ‘typical’ online social media platforms – like Facebook and Twitter as examples in the next 10 years … will they still be around, or as popular, as used as much – will users be looking for something different or will they still be content with the models as they are now or demand changes?
Ian Kay of Moon Is Rising
I wouldn’t grieve the loss of Twitter. It’s a failed model of social media. Its plug ought to be pulled.
Even though I rarely use it, Facebook is still the gold standard model. If it had to be reworked, I don’t think it could be improved on much. I’m not talking about behind the scenes corruption, cynicism, data harvesting or politic shenanigans; I’m looking at its function as a user’s social interactive platform. It’s easy to work, inclusive, and it’s free.
I really don’t think the majority of us actively look for something different. We get offered it in the cause of commercial competitiveness; corporations after our buck. It would be something if we ever learned not to give it them. I don’t hold much hope for that, though. The new powder washes whiter than the old and we suck it up as always.
Having said that, I feel there’ll be increased video content with folk interacting and expressing themselves visually through easier to create videos. Blogging will begin to look quaint and anachronistic. I think even WP will include an editor for it, if it hasn’t already.
Di of Pensitivity 101
I think things will be more virtual to be honest. Technology is racing ahead, and most individuals want to keep abreast of it all. Sadly I’m not one of them, so will get left behind. I find it annoying that it is assumed everyone has multiple devices, smartphones and ipads, and software is designed around that. I also think that it will become more commercialised and fees will be introduced.
Jennifer of Paperkutz
For kids…mainly teenagers who I think they tend to direct their platforms towards the current platforms may still be around in som form or fashion. If they don’t keep them happy someone will create the next “big” thing to draw them to their platforms.

There are also many people who use those platforms to use alone or in conjunction with their blogs or websites to sell their products… aka make a living. So I think the platforms need to keep things simplified enough to make their users’ situations worthwhile. Here again there will be someone waiting in the fringes to give this group what they want.

Then there are those adults / others who use the platforms too keep in touch w/ others or who or whatever. Here again if things get to complicated or absurd they will look elsewhere as well.

Basically, I believe the internet in all it forms are here to stay. But hey, I could be wrong It wouldn’t be the first or last time.
Whilst education is all important from young to old alike – how important still are actual brick and mortar schools when Covid displayed to us that online learning could work efficiently as an alternative? Children have been successfully schooled at home for many years anyway with Home schooling programmes – so are ‘schools’ still a requirement or will the future all be about online remote education only?
Lisa of The Road Back to Life
Online school is working efficiently? Not according to my 12 year old granddaughter. She misses her friends and feels isolated.
Di of Pensitivity 101
More virtual classrooms I think. Cutbacks will lead to less teaching staff and everything will be learned via computers. The one – on – one technique will be quoshed unless children are homeschooled with private tutors.
Gary of Bereaved Single Dad
Allow parents and pupils decide if the classroom, or homeschooling or or online schooling is best. Back each one. It’s time for change. Make things better. Properly Fund the services people need. Give people options that they can then pick which suits them. Online education opened up which frees room in classrooms.
How do you think you will feel about travelling/holidaying/vacationing freely with people, intermingling and socialising in a post Covid vaccinated society – will you feel as comfortable as you did say pre-Covid?
Lisa of The Road Back to Life
I am so done, I repeat, done, with being told what to do and when, where I can go and when. It’s time for another revolution.
Ian Kay of Moon Is Rising
I would.
If there were no vaccines, or they became ineffective, I feel there should come an eventual crossroads where we’d have to choose to go on doing what we do in lockdown forever, or accept the risks of the disease and not let it dehumanise us further.
I don’t wish to be callous about the loss of lives but we’re hardly an endangered species, and we’ve certainly messed up the planet by being uber efficient at living – living well and beyond our means, and probably living beyond our allotted time.
Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind
I will feel equally as comfortable pre OR post Covid.  Because I’m one of those who is ‘less than comfortable” in the first place.
Has Covid awoken the new way forward for our world’s history – as in – is 2021 going to be even more progressive across many industries than all the years previous the pandemic from the arrival of the millenium or do you think the future will still be achieved on the initial pathway it was taking?
Ian Kay of Moon Is Rising
I’m not sure about either of those scenarios.
I hope we don’t carry on industrially as we had been simply because of the real threat from climate change. Will Covid have helped in any change? It would be a silver lining.
I feel it will be like the proverbial leaking roof. Everyone is complaining about the rain coming in but as soon as it stops and the sun’s out, everyone soon forgets about the leaking roof.
Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind
 In my opinion, we’re going to regress in matters of industry and achievement.   Creativity needs a certain amount of ‘outside the box’ thinking and I think we’re all being forced into a box.
Jennifer of Paperkutz
I think it will depend on the actions and comfort level of whatever age group in the majority. Even then people will take actions to meet their comfort level.
With the pandemic, our medical services and health departments have been under siege of almost war like scenario’s – doctors, nurses, consultants all have felt the pressures of this last year – the emotional stresses and strains of having to deal with so much loss despite their clinical training and objectiveness.

Our governments who have for decades continued to cut back on medical budgets have been slapped black and blue with this pandemic – and millions of currency has been produced to combat this deadly virus .. millions that were needed for research before but never available – magically appeared …. what do you think the future of our health care will look like from this year onwards?
Lisa of The Road Back to Life
It’s all falling apart over a man-made variant of the flu designed for population control and removal of freedoms.
Di of Pensitivity 101
Personally I think it will collapse, a casualty of mismanagement, poor foresight and arrogance of our leaders. If our own GP surgery is anything to go by, health care will cease to exist for Joe Public, and few will be in a position to afford private healthcare.
Ian Kay of Moon Is Rising
In the UK, the NHS is virtually sacrosanct. It’s a bit of a monster too, with a lot of unrealistic expectations. I think the pandemic has highlighted the unrealistic nature of expectations but who is taking notice?
It is like a war, in how far does a nation prepare for a war in times of peace? Isn’t it better to invest in peace? Easy to say, hard to persuade people who have unrealistic expectations.
Our very lifestyle has changed this last year, the way we socialise principally replaced with a virtual social environment – whilst there will always be those who ‘break’ the restrictions – they are the minority – the majority try and adhere as safely as possible to the way of life as we now know it today to stop the spread.

This doesn’t mean that ‘outdoorsy’ socialising is dead – it merely means that lifestyle designers and developers must start to really rethink the way we live our lives in a social setting ….. what do you think is the future for the likes of the entertainment industry, retail and hospitality?

Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind
 I won’t ever know, more than likely.  I’ve been ‘out’ to dine about three times since Covid hit.  It felt so strange, that I’m not very eager to do it again soon.  I wouldn’t go to the movies at a theater certainly.  Nor to see a stage play nor concert.  The restaurants I visited all observed strict Covid protocols – masked and gloved waitstaff, tables cordoned off with every other one available for patrons, and required masks on the patrons; but it just felt WRONG. 
It disturbed me greatly.  Maybe it’s not socialization that’s changed so much as PEOPLE having changed.
Jennifer of Paperkutz
We are going to have to decrease our concrete jungle footprint. Which means let those trees grow, plant some flowers, get out the lawn mower and let our kids get dirty. Show then dirt washes off. Create other outdoor social areas.
Lisa of The Road Back to Life
It’s all gone to crap.
What is the magical property to Toilet Paper – as in why during the lockdowns is this product always running short – for something which is principally an end product waste service item …. it is considered unhealthily desirable by a panicked population – why/?
Ian Kay of Moon Is Rising
What did they do in the Stone Age? I think I read they used smooth pebbles and broad leaves.
Somewhere in history, the West took a wrong turn going for paper, possibly as a refined substitute for pebbles and leaves. Paper is expensive and environmentally destructive. Toilet paper manufacturers have been funding sanitation in developing parts of the world simply to persuade the people to use their loo rolls instead of traditionally washing with soap and a jug of water. It’s saying that smearing excrement residue over your buttocks’ skin is better than washing it off?
If I ran out of paper, I would use water. I wanted to install a bidet a long while back but the wife was against the idea.
Lisa of The Road Back to Life
Because they’re idiots.
Di of Pensitivity 101
Who knows why people reacted the way they did. Mind you, seeing the number of frozen  pizzas in shopping trolleys, toilet paper might be a wise choice! The best bit now is that guidelines are given on the packaging as to how many sheets to use, and how to….er….. wipe.
Did you acquire any new skills or attributes during the last year as in did you start growing a beard or longer hair, become a hunter or a gardener and fending for yourself and your table or develop a new set of previously hidden muscles or something else?
Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind
My hair has gone on permanent leave of control by me, but otherwise?  I’ve not changed.  I’m too frail and weak physically to hunt OR garden, and I don’t work out.  Eh.  I could be said to be ‘composting”, i.e. quietly rotting away for use as fertilizer if they leave any green space to fertilize.
Lisa of The Road Back to Life
I took time to heal, read, and seek out like-minded people.
Ian Kay of Moon Is Rising
I sound like a broken record, sorry, but I took up running. I had regularly run before but not for some years. Normally, I enrol in night classes, including yoga for some years, but lockdown put an end to it so I decided to take to running instead.
I have no need of a beard and my hair growing years are behind me. Hunting would involve a gun and I’m a bit averse to them. I already garden.
I liked John Bishop’s story of signing up for a workout course at the gym. The instructor promises him he’ll develop all those muscles he’s never used before, and Bishop says, I’m forty-two; if I haven’t used them yet, I don’t need them.
How many masks do you own and do you wash and clean them on a regular basis or are they not used as much to warrant that – are they disposable or patterned and bespoke made or commercially bought?

Lisa of The Road Back to Life
I have many and a UV light to sanitize. I typically use fabric masks with N95 liners. I do have medical N95 masks in case I see patients face to face.
Ian Kay of Moon Is Rising
I had a bunch of safety dust protection masks already, for when I use power tools, so I’ve been using those. I haven’t had to buy others. I did borrow one of my wife’s surgical type masks on one occasion and mine are better: they fit tighter around the face and nose, and didn’t slip down. You see a lot of people with their nose poking over the top of medical type masks and I think that’s why.
I have kept away from most public places since Covid so haven’t needed many masks.
Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind
You know, I never ever thought of washing them until I read an article in an old-farts’ publication I subscribe to.  I own about six or seven, three of which have proven unsuitable, as they are ‘full head masks and cover my whole head, leaving only my eyes peering out.  I forgot for some reason the intense loathing I have of things covering my face that way.  Even the behind the ears mask took a lot of getting used to.  Initially I got fairly severe panic attacks trying to wear a mask.  Now I use two behind the ears tie type face masks regularly, one is patterned with little dog paws print, and the other has a Breast Cancer pink ribbon and the name of our local hospital on it.  I trade ’em out.
In fairness ‘online dating ‘ has been around for a long time and was fast becoming one of the most progressive ways to ‘physically date’ – but are the days of old ‘dating and courtship’ now long gone?

Will the new dating game be a snails pace marathon or what is fast becoming termed as “slowed virtual dating” – is the physical side to dating now gone forever?
Ian Kay of Moon Is Rising
Don’t ask me, I’ve been happily married for the past thirty-five years.
Funny though, I have thought about it as a “what if?” I can’t recall good things about dating. I went to a single-sex school between the ages of 11 to 18 which didn’t help. Dating was a random exercise, I remember. Girls I liked didn’t seem interested to talk, and girls who liked me never told me outright – all those missed opportunities! Of course, it must be different for adults, especially older ones.

In my view, the one utopian idea in Huxley’s Brave New World was the positive expectation to have sex. Actually, I think it was also in Shogun, Clavell’s historical novel set in Japan. The Japanese nobles couldn’t understand the European coyness about sex. Mind you, the culture was portrayed as a bit one way.
Maybe when you get beyond raising children, it’s either companionship or sex (though maybe financial as well?). Forget hobbies and all that, just put up a photo and say whether you’re looking for sex or companionship or a hand with the cost of living.
Jennifer of Paperkutz
No, I don’t think it’s gone forever. I do think there will be the same problem meeting people unless a person is active in activities other than bar hopping.
Di of Pensitivity 101
I would hate to participate in the dating game today. I’m not interested, and memories of a ‘Divorced and Separated’ club that was anything but are still with me.
Hubby placed an ad in the local paper and got me. That was almost 32 years ago. Bargain for both of us.
Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind
We better hope not, or society will die out.  Because a certain amount of physical ‘side’ is required simply to keep mankind alive.  Plus, done right, it’s damned fun.  Me?  I haven’t dated nor wished to date since 1994.   I’ve heard stories about some of my nieces or nephews and their versions of ‘dating’ and it sounds cold and clinical and not something I’d even venture to try, IF I were wanting to date at all.   I miss the physical side time to time, but I do NOT miss ‘dating’.  For me that pursuit was always full of judgment (theirs, not mine), body shaming, labels and misunderstandings.   Who the hell needs the bother??
During this last year what have you entertained yourself with more – reading, writing, music, films, outdoor activity, new hobbies, a balance of everything, work …or something else?

Ian Kay of Moon Is Rising
Reading has been the same – slow.
Writing has been the same – impetuous.
Music. Yes, it has increased through listening while running now, and also having music play through my newish smart speaker while working around the house.
Films – about the same, when I find them.
Outdoor activities – less walking and cycling but a lot more running! New interests – yes, the running.
Work – what’s that? Oh, I think I remember… a bit over-rated, I thought
Di of Pensitivity 101
Card making. I made well over two hundred, and gave a lot away. I’ve been experimenting with different ideas and having some fun. I have about a dozen left which includes four Christmas cards.
Jennifer of Paperkutz
Visiting my parents’ and kid occasionally, teleadoc, going to doctor, lab work, and post office. Visiting w/ hubby at home mostly working in craft room and blogging.
Lisa of The Road Back to Life
Reading, writing, music, healing, work…
Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind
A mixture of writing, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and word puzzles (crosswords, anacrostics and cryptic word puzzles).  Plus watching TV and cooking a lot more than I did prior to that stupid annoying virus.   I’m an introvert.  It wasn’t hard to adapt to being more insular, but it wasn’t particularly good for me either.

Although 12 Bloggerz is 12 questions – the 12th question last month was about a new interview series and didn’t specifically require further display – so there we go folks – a mixture of the answers from the last episode. My thanks to all participants as always and special thanks to the readers who took part for the first time – see you next month!

13 thoughts on “12 Bloggerz January Round – Up

  1. I missed this edition! I think it was the stress of doing a post daily for JusJoJan and the tummy issues. I’m looking forward to this month’s edition.

  2. Oh boy, I must’ve been in a very bad mood when I filled out these questions- my answers sounded quite shrewish… are you sure you read them correctly? 🤣😂🤣

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