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Inane Wanderings
A blog about....well about....something. Really.
Tertiary Navel-Gazing: The People
Note: I'm not going to address the current scandal going around Gaia right now. Yes, I've read the threads. No, I'm not surprised that the players are calling for management's and staff's heads on pikes. Gaia set up this mess; I am waiting to see what, if anything, they do to get out of it.

There's another thread in the GCD about why people stay. I wrote a short reply with three reasons, the first of which is "the people". I figured I'd expound more on that here, since I'm not comfortable with truly public speaking, and second, most people in the GCD have limited attention spans.

I've mentioned in other entries that I've been through three waves or groups or communties on Gaia. The first was forum-based, the second was zOMG, and the third (and current) is Aquariums. One is not or was not more valuable than the other; I found other communities as the earlier ones were dissipating. I can't say I made better friends in one vs. another, because I just can't rank people that way. I found good people to hang out with in every one of the communities, and I value them all.

But the Aquarium community, like much of Gaia, is dissolving. I made a promise to myself that I was not going to start over again on Gaia; three times is enough. If I have to start anew, it's going to be something else, probably not another avatar site. Been there, done that, you know?

For the most part, the folks who are still here are a big reason of while I'm still here. I like a number of them - you - lots. I wish we could talk more than we do.

But many of those folks have other responsibilities and hobbies and demands on their time. Real Life Comes First (if you're not tired of hearing me say that by now, you should be). It's hard to find people when I have time to talk - and I can't really begrudge anyone their committments because I'm in the same situation. Not that I would anyhow. See Real Life above.

So it makes Gaia less attractive, knowing that when I'm here, most of my activities are solitary and designed solely to increase those two numbers up in the upper right hand corner of the Gaian browser window.

The people are also a reason that has brought me this close to running screaming from Gaia. Some of the behavior I've witnessed in the last couple of years over pixels - 1's and 0's - has been appalling. Almost as if this site is important in the bigger scheme of things. My spousal unit calls this "low stakes kamikaze politiics" - the lower and more meaningless the stakes, the more vicious and irrational the fighting over them.

I don't have time for more drama. I have real drama - over real things - with real world consequences - going on in my real life. I have no patience for it here. I have no respect for those who insist there is only one way to play a game such as this one. I don't have time for this kind of nonsense and quite frankly, I don't care.

Before anyone gets their panties in a twist, please note that I am not pointing a finger at any person or specific situation. Remember I mentioned all three of those communities above? I've seen it in all of them. Mostly it was kept to a dull roar, but when it got out of hand....I got out of Dodge for awhile.

However, if your undergarments are starting to feel somewhat unnaturally pleated, please do feel free to step back and ponder why. I often take such a step back when I'm feeling threatened in an inherently non-threatening situation, and I often discover it has nothing to do with the situation at all.

For now, though, I have enough Gaian friends who are still active to hang around and find moments of brightness on this site.

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