At this point, realizing that there aren’t that many people here because reading is dead and civilization is over, I might as well think out loud about what I want to do with this blog. If anything, that is. My hope was to resurrect it, lure some old readers back, find some new readers, and rebuild it into something worthwhile. In my post-exhaustion world, the cost/benefit analysis of that says I’m crazy. There’s practically no chance that I could attract enough readers to make this worthwhile. I’m certainly not doing it for money. Even when a post draws in a lot of readers, there’s practically no engagement. I have no reason to write other than because I feel like writing[…]

What am I going to do about my social media? Because I have people in my life addicted to specific platforms, deleting my accounts is akin to deleting them from my life. It’s a hostage situation carefully orchestrated by Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, and it’s frustrating to those of us not suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. At this point WordPress is doing all of my posting to Facebook and Twitter for me. It’s a convenient way to let the small handful of people the algorithms allow to see my posts know that I’m still alive and I still have a blog. Not that they’ll click a link and leave their network of choice. It’s more like I’m waving to them[…]

When we first moved to Finland, I wanted to treat it as an extended writer’s retreat. Katie was going to be gone a lot of the time. I didn’t know anyone, and didn’t speak the language. The weather is cold, and it’s dark for months at a time. This was going to be the perfect opportunity to embrace my introverted nature. I could dig in, tune out, and focus on writing. Of course, the internet is still a thing that exists. Most of the people we meet here speak English, because it’s a university town with a high foreign population. I’m still an irredeemable workaholic. I know that a lot of people don’t understand what I do for a living.[…]

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about Easter. They discuss surprise eggs, mämmi, and having to work on holidays. Berin also discussed being burned out, and how hard it is for a workaholic to take a 4-day weekend.   Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri Nurmi Gary Weller Support Our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/proofoflife Websites & Social Media Katie’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/ Berin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BerinKinsman Music Credits Opening Sting: Mature Sounds by Jingle Punks Closing Tag: Cartoon Bank Heist by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions

There’s a half-formed idea in my head that’s trying to draw a parallel between the retail apocalypse and the #DeleteFacebook movement. To briefly recap both, a large number of retail chains in the United States are either closing stores to consolidate operations, or going out of business entirely. Many factors have led to this, and I’ll get to the ones relevant to my point in a moment. A lot of people are deleting Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica kerfuffle, but there have always been criticisms and concerns about the social network. These seem like opposite things, on the surface. Some people are mourning the loss of certain retail stores, mostly from a sense of nostalgia and convenience. While some of[…]