By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

The blog began to flood the Internet in the late 1990s, pre-dating Facebook (2004), Youtube (2005), Twitter (2006), Tumblr (2007), Pinterest (2009), Instagram (2010), Snapchat (2011) and Reddit (2012).

These forms of social media provide highly interactive and often interconnected forms of communicating information and ideas.  Although they are relatively recent phenomena, it seems as though we’ve always been inundated with instant communication.

I have been reading blogs for a number of years and have blogged for our community’s web site for more than a year. I read blogs from other communities of religious women or organizations that relate to the history of women religious and our interests.

I follow friends on Facebook and Twitter, and use email to  exchange information and ideas. Social media in its myriad of permutations is a part of daily life and work.  Today’s society hardly can function without it. Even Pope Francis – or someone on his behalf – tweets.

However, I’m beginning to wonder if some of us have an unblogged thought.  Moreover, what can you tweet in 140 characters that has any depth?  I often need to disengage from social media and sit on the back porch to contemplate the slowly emerging seeds in the garden and the measured growth of plants.

So, here’s a blog on blogging. While social media is here to stay and is a useful tool, so are real community and communication, especially the person-to-person, face-to-face type.

Interacting with flesh-and-blood people and reading a book with paper pages that you can actually turn are rewarding experiences.  Although many of us undoubtedly will continue using social media, take time to ponder how addictive they can become.

Just take time to ponder.