It is with sad news that Google® plans to shutdown the entire G+ social media platform. Until April the 2nd of 2019, all users are left on their own to somehow migrate their content elsewhere. Alas, there is so far very little to know guidance on what to do with these content once exported. Yet alone finding an alternative network, or possibly an app that somehow migrate these content seamlessly.
Simply switching G+ off altogether just because it is not “as popular” as Facebook® to me, is uncourteous move. Given just how many people still keeps G+ in use nonetheless as platform to promote branding initiatives.
My case is no different. My book and manuscript This Is™ Humility requires a front portal share-worthy news; in addition to this blog.
Shutting an entire network down instead of trying to improve existing problems – be it lack of transparency or knowledgebase resources – speaks volumes about how Profit-centric Future we are heading, at the risk of losing Human-centric Culture.
Hence, I am writing this plea to help brainstorming alternative ideas and networks worth considering.
I am splitting this article into three barriers – the what, the how and the why.
What are the options?
First of all a recap to those who are new to the Web’s least visited independent thoughts on nutrition, sociology and wellness. This Project, This Is™ Humility – is all about being Contemplative. It’s not about being Attractive. It is not about imposing Objectivities. But rather to present the experiences of Subjectivities.
So far, no social media networks that I know of respects the former (Contemplative) expectation.
Disclaimer – I have no qualms against those using Social Media to leverage their showcasing of primal admissions of being simply that – “Attractive”. I am talking about porn stars, web cam models, promo models, the globe-trotting fashionistas, the health / “beauty” / fitness survivorship (aka. “sponsorship”) glamour labels,blings and glams.
If they are happily content (contentment as in “enough”) with such as their means of preserving their own Self-Authenticity; without demonising or looking down others as lesser or inferior – I absolutely have no problems with that.
But it remains difficult to find a social platform suitable for my sort of voice. Shifting inbetween topics of Science, alternative Nutrition / interventions, Philosophy and Sociology is certainly a mouthful of interests. Yet also impartial enough to remain unbiased, in that everything this project suggests – is up to the viewer’s interpretations and decisions.
An “Opinion” is nevertheless – a compartmentalised “Interpretation”, and vice versa. So far, I have next to no other physical connections or networks that shares this vision at alternatively addressing what can be done amidst our world’s problems.
How shall the (exported) content be exchanged? Or migrated seamlessly?
Surprisingly, the world of social media is hardly transferrable in terms of content conversions / exchange. One would easily assume googling around “import” content from one to another immediately suffices as solution. Through my lens, however to this day proved otherwise.
There is a third party app Google+ Exporter whilst that handily exports to blogger, XML’s, WordPress 4.x / 5.x and JSON®. But what of that of general audience who are not familiar with exactly what to do with these exported data?
There are many promising decentralised social media networks which I am yet to familiarise. But many seemed to rely on understanding needless jargons, and all the way requiring technical knowledge of setting up dedicated networkservers and/or “pods”. Perhaps as a vision of bringing about decentralised future away from “central” planning. Viable vision indeed, but remains challenging to be considered pragmatic to an everyday enthusiast.
Whilst my search still likely ensues for days and weeks, perhaps long after this blog post is published – I somehow do not look forward to “Plan B”, whatever that entails. But my gut predicts that to involve manually recoordinating 500+ streams and posts individually, somehow.
Why does this brand needs a social media platform, if at all?
I need a social platform to promote my book; yet I am not entirely fussed at attaining as “many numerical likes” as possible. Instead I much rather co-exist with coincidental relativity of interests evidently through receiving written comments, replies and thoughts.
I longed to see a platform that helps promote my branding initiative to do exactly just that. Minus the community toxicities, delinquents and SJW moral pitchforks.
The reason why Google+ attracted me was its overall awareness is subdued compared to the 1984’s Big-Brother Facebook®.
Likewise, the (currently) major names today remains unwise alternatives. Twitter® is interestingly very concise and to-the-point, but perhaps too politically divisive. A political binary “left” or “right” dismissals. Likewise, “minds.com” – and communities within it seemed extremely entrenched in violent SJW-like toxicity. A vision of anarchy perhaps, in lost translation. Instagram® is likely reserved for feel-good & look-good fashionistas. Alas, an accruing for “Likes” and soft-porn fellowships is far more important there as opposed to sharing anything remotely contemplative. Again, nothing wrong with feeling “good” about being primally “attractive”, for as long as he/she does not raise a moral pitchfork.
So that leaves the last variable. What of me? And this branding initiative so far? Statistic wise? Well, many readily calls this laughably pathetic. But I care not a single iota. I am actually happy with receiving that few of a fellowship.
What remains concerning however is that our current survivorshipvisibility bias; which is largely Quantified based only on numerical “likes” or arithmetic “votes”. Rather than Qualitatively perceived by the Authenticity of comments, reactions and experiences – received.
An organic & authentic human experience is incomparable to a machine’s arithmetic of a recorded “vote”. I am more happy if anything I wrote convinces one organic (1) life to improve him or herself, as opposed to amassing frivolous “likes” digital counter.
Technology should only facilitates though not orchestrates – our individual appealing of needs, concerns and contexts. Authentically without censorship and without institutionalised Correctness Hierarchy. Mixing technology with politics and profits after all only brews implosive crusades through divisivecontempts.
I fear that technology is becoming coercively reliant on us all to become less Humility centric. But more Utility-centric.
Hence, why I am asking you dear readers to help me acquaint with other possible alternatives.
So now whilst my search continues, I remain open from you dear readers to offer some alternatives of Networks plausible for this project. Please produce your comments and thoughts below.
This spreadsheet template is divided into two (2) sheets. First spanning from January – June. Then on second sheet spanning from July to December. The reason for this split is for ease of viewing without bombarding everything into one. Please note also that this is strictly for the calendar year of 2019.
What you will get is the ability to:
Set per Weekly Budget Limit spanning across each entire month.
Each (1) column represents one (1) week for the designated month.
You have up to seventeen (17) rows for each countable Item(s). If this isn’t enough, then you need to combine multiple items into one entry.
See which weeks you went over the budget; as highlighted in red text via conditional formatting.
See exactly when or how much time you are allowed to spend this amount; as denoted by “Expenditures Allowed until <next 7 days>”.
Choose and set your day of weekly expenditure cycle. Recommended days of setting – Wednesdays or Thursdays.This is tricky, as everything stems from the beginning of calendar date of January 2019 – some months including January itself and May or June – may constitute up to five (5) weekly instead of four (4) in order for everything to all add up correctly. Hence, that’s why only at this stage of release; only Wednesdays or Thursdays fits in logically and whollistically.
And lastly for visual eye candy – a column graph showcasing all of your expenditures at a glance. *
*Subject to display variability. This may or may not appear in all online editing programs from all that I have tested so far.
Why did I make this Template?
Since August of 2018 I decidedly abandoned tracking my expenditures combined with the nutritional journalling all in one.This inevitably posed logistical difficulties whenever I needed to quickly browse chronologically on past purchases weeks or even prior months at-a-glance.
Since then I’ve tried developing many “prototypes” with various online free tools; from Google® to Apple® and Microsoft®; using my existing / general knowledge of spreadsheets.
I settled on Online version of Excel®. Irrespective, I believe this template helps at least provide readers a snap shot for assessing their overall spendings / expenditures week to week and month to month. So far, putting myself for beta testing throughout five months of real life usage on my circumstances and habits – everything so far seems stable without issues.
Why is the weekly budget limit set across month but not weekly?
Any nutritional or sociological accounting/s across just one (1) week is NOT enough at obtaining meaningful enough of Intuitive Data. You’d need at least several weeks, counting perhaps full month/s – before you can attain enough qualitative (and thus Intuitive) Data at reconciling exactly how you live & consume resources month to month.
Rather than week to week limit, I believe this set across each entire month gives a far more realistic assessment at determining if “$35” or however set amount is indeed something you can cope not just one week, but the next week’s, and the next.
Another reason is that for any over-spending (as conditional-formatted in red highlighting) – this incentivises you to decrease the next expenditure to offset it; to further prove your resilience and proof of authenticity.
Of course, nobody is perfect. Succumbing to poverty 35% consistently calorie-deficits of Cylical Keto + IF (or that of my recently 600 cal ADF + regular IF regiment) week after week, one after another are simply impossible. Hence, allow yourself one week or two to do full replenishment budget; be it $40 or $45 as necessary at replenishing as many resources possible.
Humility is “being human” in all one’s honesty. Alas, society, thinks of this instead as renewable force of “charity“. <rolls eyes>.
“Help! graphs in the Template do not appear!”.
If by chances you are using Google® or Apple®’s spreadsheet editors – cross-software compatibility issues unfortunately is beyond my control. As not all editors behave the same when it comes to displaying embedded “OLE” graphs and charts.
If you are using Openoffice®, please consider using the ODS version. Interestingly despite official notice that all graphs / charts out of Excel is incompatible – I can still see the graphs and charts respond dynamically no problems. However whether this attribute stays consistent to all versions remains yet to be confirmed.
It is recommended nonetheless that you are using Microsoft Excel online version to ensure full compatibility.
The reason why I settle with Microsoft is because of the pin-to-desktop (Windows 10 mobile) functionality. This allows you to conveniently place any document shortcuts directly to your smartphone or tablet’s desktop / dashboard; without having the need to manually log in to a internet browser, and then manually navigating each and every-time you wish to make a small edit or everyday viewing.
I appreciate feedbacks and concerns for evaluative improvements overtime should time allow. Nonetheless as it bears the tagline Version 1.0 – this template remains subjective for periodical revisions and improvements.