Godzilla vs King Kong

Did you grow up watching cartoons on Saturday morning? Or did you hope that one channel might switch to Japanese monster movies? Godzilla and other creatures battled over the streets of Tokyo while talking in terribly ill-timed dubbed movies. The actors mouths and words were hilariously out of sync. The best (or worst depending on your age and taste)  was probably Godzilla vs King Kong, the American film legend.

My struggle is between two other monsters,  but I’m afraid it’s more like David vs Goliath. It’s Blogging vs Facebook. I am more likely to write short pieces on Facebook than here lately.

Why, oh why, would I  post on Facebook, the catch-all site for all things wrong-with-America? Surely you’ve read the posts from well-meaning friends who post crap about the anti-Christ in the Oval Office or the Middle East depending on the news of the day. They want to lock and load their cache of guns against the day of judgment, pot smokers, and illegal immigrants crossing over the Rio Grande to spread Ebola. Or just post pictures of cats.

Facebook is giving me what I truly want. Feedback. I need to know someone is reading this stuff that leaks out of my brain and into cyberspace. Do you know how long is takes for me to write my almost-never-clever essays that appear on this site? Rip Van Winkle did better than me when it came to waking up and creating a story.

And then, because I use WordPress, I know this stuff is heading straight to digital oblivion. Not only does no one pay me to write this drivel, but no one, or almost no one reads it anymore.

Back in the heady days of blog-dom, I had legions of followers, readers, and fans. Some of you contacted me in real life! You met me, you supported my Quixotic mission in Honduras, etc. Some of you become my buddies in Honduras as we celebrated missional life there. Why, one or twice, people called me out in public, “There’s Madam Gumbeaux!”

Heady days, indeed. Now, it’s all about Facebook. I wrote a nice little piece as a tribute to a friend who died abruptly and far too young a few months ago. I had dozens of shares and even more comments. It comforted me that my words touched others.

All is vanity, said Solomon. I agree.

That’s why I may stop writing here altogether. Anne Lamott writes beautiful, rambling essays on Facebook every few weeks. I may not get 1000s of comments like she rightly deserves, but at least I would know that someone reads the words.

If you like this post, please press like. Oops. No likey button. Sorry.

Update from WordPress. At 1:00 pm CST, WordPress sent a message to me.  Your blog,  A Gumbo Pot, appears to be getting more traffic than usual!  26 views per hour – o hourly views on average. Thanks for the encouragement, WordPress.

20 thoughts on “Godzilla vs King Kong

  1. I use Facebook but is mostly to post photos of this and that. I use the album feature for different subjects and add to them as time goes on.

    As to blogging, it was never something I would consider. Too out there is the wilds of cyberspace for my comfort level. If someone goes all rightwing nutjob on me on Facebook, I just delete their ability to talk to me again on that forum. I sent by brother-in-law to that bin, I still talk to him face up, I still like him, I just can not stand his strident politics. People are much more polite when they are within arms reach…

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    1. I liked blogging better when my purpose was more clear. i enjoyed sharing the journey of living in a new country – my first years in Honduras. Now, I feel like I lack a motivate and purpose.


  2. I share your writing angst. And I fear some of my recent pieces sound as if a teacher forced to stay after school until I wrote something. Anything. But I like the essay format here. And the ability to play creatively with photographs — something Facebook subverts.

    But they are each just a medium to transmit thoughts. Whichever you choose, we will read it.


  3. Hi Laurie, just wanted u to know I’m a fan. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time actually and always found it interesting, inspirational and even humorous. Love your view of the world. I read a few expat blogs, that’s how I found u. This is the first time I’ve commented. Embarrassed to be a perpetual lurker. I’ll look u up on Facebook too cause i would hate to miss your writings. Ps. Love your dog!


  4. I love your brilliant essays. I find sending comments tricky. Sometimes they don’t publish and then I have to start over. How do I find you on FB?
    It took me about 15 mins to get to this point. Had to reset my pw twice. Then repost my comment.
    Good thing I’ve learned to copy it before I try to post. I usually have to try several times before I get it to work.
    That’s why I like FB.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. WordPress is not always forgiving when it comes to leaving a comment. The best way is to save your password online. And once you comment the first time here, moderation is not needed. Glad you took the time to write.


  5. Bummer and YAY!! here. Bummer because I’ve never used Facebook for all the reasons you said and because the whole thing sorta makes me shudder… yet I read your post and signed up. YAY!! because Anne Lamott writes long rambling essays online. I also love you in this format. It’s more personable, you know?


    1. For WordPress blog writers, there’s an option to leave a like. For others, no. Lots of people like Facebook. In fact, the fastest growing segment in the US is in older females, which means I should start to consider seriously where my target audience is reading and writing.


  6. Ay! Laurie!!!! Please don’t stop posting here. I enjoy your writings and hope to meet you face-to-face some day. Maybe in New Orleans if I’m ever crazy enough to drive to Mexico again.

    And I’m not on Facebook either. The whole idea gives me the creeps. It’s tied to your real name, tied to everyone you know, and any cop or investigator on the entire planet can just take a look at your whole life any time he wants to, and quote you out of context. No thanks!!!

    But I understand your feelings. When I went on my big trip, I told all my friends. In fact, I sent out a blast email to everyone whose address I had. And a few friends read the blog, and one or two left comments. But I also got some bizarre responses from people. The weirdest? “I don’t read blogs.” I heard that from more than one person, and I have to say that I found it very strange. It’s like saying you don’t read magazines. It’s a comment that seems to be entirely detached from the content, right? You may not like People Weekly but surely Newsweek or The Economist might have something for you? (Or vice-versa?) But to just sweepingly rule out an entire class of media without regard to content? That strikes me as very strange. Especially when said content was written by a personal friend.

    But then I’m a confirmed blog-reader. And sometimes writer.

    Anyway, keep up the scribblings. We are reading. And enjoying.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where our output of comments seems to have gone back to handily exceeding our output of posts.


    1. Kim, a Facebook page is not required to have your real name. Felipe Zapata has one, but his alter ego, me, does not. It’s not tied to everyone you know either. It’s tied only to those you choose. As for everybody on the planet seeing everything you do, you can restrict that too, down to almost zero.

      But, in spite of that, I do little with Facebook.

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    2. I started writing when I began living in Honduras. I was writing emails or talking to people, but I was repeating the same stories over and over. The newsletter format was in vogue at the time, via email, but I personally didn’t like that format, as so many missionaries were sending me newsletters. The letters were often too long, not well-written, etc. The blog format worked for me, my family and my small group of friends. Then some of you that i don’t know followed along. It was fun. Now, I find blogs are not very popular. The best blogs are often written by a group of authors. They are like e-magazines centered around a certain range of topics. Right now, I am not sure what I will do here at this site. Felipe is correct. You can register as a made-up person on Facebook. My dog has his own page, for instance. All you need is an email and phone number that is tied to the account. The policies say that one must use your own name, but I know of only one case that the rules were used to stop someone from posting. She was using an obvious pen name, she was posting lots of political items about Honduras, corruption, etc. Her Facebook page was challenged by someone and she was denied the use of the pen name. In her situation it was for the best, as she was putting herself in danger as well as the naive people who commented on her posts.

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