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Some Plans and leaving big Social Media

Hello again! There is so much going on right now in this world, it’s all kinds of unbelievable. I have my opinion on these things, but I am not going to write about it publicly for various reasons.

There have been changes in my country regarding free speech laws, and a number of other changes that are concerning. Similar laws are being implemented in many other countries. Not just laws about free speech, but other laws that are concerning and impact freedom in various ways. It just looks like everything is going into a very bad direction. Of course, things might start to improve again, or at least not get worse, but there is simply no telling at the moment.

I am also concerned about the way big social media sites are behaving. The thing is, no matter which opinion you have, once freedoms are restricted and certain groups are vilified, it usually ends up vilifying more and more groups of people, and more freedoms are taken. Looking back in history, and the history of various countries around the world, that’s how it always goes. If certain governments, or powerful organisations are wielding power that is not theirs to wield, then a line has been crossed. From then on, there is no guarantee that it will not escalate further and further.

All of this made me think about everything a lot. I’ve been feeling creeped out by how powerful some social media sites have become and therefore, I have decided to leave FB, and I won’t participate anymore by uploading videos to YT (I will use another site from now on) and I will no longer participate in TWTR, or INSTA, although I will leave my accounts up for at least a while, because so many lovely cat friends are on there. I will post a last message that will let everyone know where to find me and that will be it. (I just didn’t want to spell the sites names out, but I hope you know which sites I’m talking about).

There are by now a lot of other sites that replace all of that, and these are run very differently. So I will have another place where I can upload my kitty videos to embed and link them here.

Financial independence thanks to the internet?

Even if it might sound overly dramatic to some, the truth is, at least for me, that the future looks rather uncertain regarding potential support or help from the government to ever get my disability benefits. Ralph is often worried about me, because of that. We both hope I could reach some financial independence for myself and the cats and of course to add my part to our households expenses.

Since I am already struggling when I just go out for our groceries, or any other errand or appointment, because it triggers a migraine pretty much every time and whatever I do, I have to decide where or on what to spend my energy, because I only have enough for a little bit every day.

Even if that sounds a bit harsh to some, I’m not at all unhappy and love my life. It could be a lot worse! I’m lucky to have pain medication, which gets rid of the joint and nerve pain in my spine and hips. It only hurts sometimes when i had to do more physically, since often there is no choice.

That is why I was inspired what others are doing, by creating subscriber only content with sites like patreon, subsribestar and buy me a coffee. Ralph often thought that would be an idea for me, because it’s something I could actually do, but I never really dared to until now. (I wrote a little bit about them on my about me farther down as well).

I have a lot of ideas and there is a lot I want to write about, including more personal blog posts, since they’re not public. I also plan on doing videos with the cats and myself (and Ralph if he wants), as well as live streams, since I wouldn’t be so self conscious, as they wouldn’t be totally public. Since these posts are subscriber only and not public, I can write a lot more than I can here and actually share my thoughts on a lot of things I’m often worried about.

Β If we ever reach enough support to have an income to sustain ourselves (the cats and myself), I would love to send out little gifts for your cats and yourselves, and I would donate a percentage of it to the local cat rescue, that saved Hero and Lisa.

I wont stop posting publicly like I always did here

In fact, I want to post a whole lot more, because I will concentrate all my effort on my blog and all of you wonderful friends and your blogs!

I will also provide access for free to anyone who wants of all you lovely friends anyway, and hope to gain more readers and support over time. So you’re not going to miss out on anything.

I only just set these two support profiles up and I’ll post some more in the next days.

No idea if this will ever work at all, but I’m at least going to try. Also, Hero is always trying to help me with my blog and the internet! So what can go wrong.

14 thoughts on “Some Plans and leaving big Social Media

  1. WOW! What a powerful post Natascha! Thinking of how freedom of speech can be compromised I totally understand your decisions!
    Out of all the social media sites you mentioned I am only on FB & I use it as a meeting point to say Hello to Family & f2f (face 2 face) friends; ex-bloggers & current bloggers. Thankfully there hasn’t been any problem being on FB.
    Whatever new endeavour you decide on, we would like to be included. You & Ralph & the FAB FOIR mean the world to us!
    And we wish you Good Luck with your new projects!
    ((hugs)) an ❀ ❀ Sherri-Ellen & purrss BellaDharma


  2. It is understandable and you need to do what is right for you and what feels right for you. It depends what you want to write. Your choice, depending how personal you want to get. We used to live well with no digital media and we were happy , remember? πŸ™‚
    I am on facebook but only keep it because I follow my favourite music group and mindfulness group on there. I haven’t posted in years and I won’t do in future.
    Some of the other things on your post I don’t even know. I like to stick to my blog and have my emails, to keep up a bit with technology, some of the stuff now is too complicated for me.
    Try to keep life simple!

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  3. Dear Natascha, this is wonderful writing, I can almost understand you. The world changes… and to where we are going makes me worried every day. Wherever you go, at first your happiness, your safe is important. But you know, I would like to follow you wherever you go. Good Luck, Love, nia

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    1. Hey dear Nia! Of course I will make sure you will be included in everything. The posts that will not be public, will be password protected. I will send you the password when the publish one.

      My blog will always be here too. And I will let you know about everything I’m doing and share where I am going.

      The world has really changed so quickly now and it’s freaking me out.
      Thank you so much for your understanding and kind words. Love & purrs from us πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ’•

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  4. I too am disappointed in the turn of events and am rethinking my digital interactions. I wish you well as you find the best pathway for you, Ralph, and the kitties.


  5. Hey there, I saw Ralph’s blog was no longer, and thanks to reading of his love for you many times, I remembered both your name and Murli’s, then thank you google. I am glad to read that you both and all the cat’s are ok, despite the goings on as mentioned in your post. Have followed, hope that is ok πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi!!! Oh I am so glad you found my blog again πŸ€—πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½πŸ˜½ Of course it’s ok. More than ok! I am happy to have you here! Thank you so much!

      Ralph says hi as well! He always reads all the comments that come in on my blog, so you can leave a comment just for him as well if you like πŸ˜‰

      If you have read my last posts about Sonic, then you know why I am so late with my reply. I’m just hopelessly busy. Have been caring for Sonic pretty much day and night at times, especially in December. I also have a badly forgetful mind, it’s annoying.

      So I apologise for my late reply.

      I’ll write some more posts soon.

      Hope you’re doing well? Everything ok?

      All good with us here, and Sonic is improving a little more every day. Just praying it’s going to stay that way.

      Have a lovely day! πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΊπŸ’•


      1. Hello to both you and Ralph, and no need to apologise for a late reply, I’m just glad you replied at all. Its certainly strange times at the minute.
        I’m glad to hear you are all well and that Sonic is improving, that’s good news indeed.

        I look forward to reading more of your posts in the mean time take care and stay safe. Love to you all πŸ’•


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