At times I wonder why I persist.
Yet, no matter the struggle, the skirmish, like the Energizer bunny, I keep going and going and going.
With the changes with CNN’s iReport web site, my connection with the outer world has been brought to a new low. No longer am I getting feedback, getting interaction with other humans.
Yes, I continue to write my posts here Inside My Mind.
Yes, I continue to offer my opinion at From the Cornfield.
Yes, I continue to recap the headlines and current events with Kernels From the Cornfield.
But to what end?
For some reason, people do not comment on my blog posts. People do not seem to read those posts.
The interaction, the reaction, the back and forth came when I shared my thoughts, my writings on iReport.
Now that is gone.
It is not known if it will ever be again.
Though I have been told a new uploader will be added in December to iReport, will it actually allow for posts or will it only be those handpicked by CNN for stories it is covering and only a slight snippet?
Will it eventually once more allow users to comment and interact with one another?
Yes, an online friend, a fellow iReporter, a Facebook contact has begun a group to allow us to continue to share as we did on iReport, but through the social media’s Facebook.
Though only in its second week, the feedback, the commentary has yet to develop. Nor are there signs that will come to pass any time soon.
While my writing tends to be therapeutic for me, without the tete a tete, how therapeutic can it be?
I am becoming more and more an island unto myself, a solitary figure more alone as each day dawns.
That is one of the reasons fro setting up Citizen Journalists Live. The purpose is to try and fill the void left as CNN has abandoned its experiment with citizen journalism as we knew it. What is left at iReport is a quick picture here or there with no interaction, no commentary.
My hope is that others will join Slick Nick, our erstwhile Bureau Chief in Rochester, New York, with posting. We do have some other former iReporters who have registered, but yet to share. I hope they will soon become the contributors I know they can be with excellent reports and paradigms of citizen journalists whom I know they are.
Thus I sit on this fist day of December in Mark’s Den pondering what the future may be of citizen journalism.