Over the years I started withdrawing from all forms of social media, probably because I grew up with it and I know full well once you post something online it never goes away. So I write most of my concoctions here at RT away from my personal social circle. I also know the stories I write mostly relates to myself or my internal thoughts about recent things that just happen. That's mostly so I can take responsibility for my own opinions and stories just in case someone finds me here. I've always been a big fan of writing because I find it helpful as a way of expressing my thoughts. Also I kinda get a side benefit when I'm stuck on something academic, employment or just anything creative, after writing a late night journal I end up getting unstuck.
Back on my original topic I never realized there was actually a difference between Stories and Narratives. Apparently a story is the message you want to convey while a narrative is the sequence of events within the story, change the sequences you get a different narrative within the story. Ok I cheated I check on google to make sure I was right on that. But my 4th grade teacher always told me I must learn to write narratives, when I write even fictional stories I tend to go on wildly different tangents. So much was my bad narrative writing I started an entire subject and tutoring session within the school. By high school though my narrative skills was unmatched and the sequences flowed like smooth water. But sometimes when I look back on some of my journals they're all over the place and there is still so many tangents.
Now fast forward into the future (Today) narratives are now told in pictures and events. I see less and less writing and more pictures, comments and short statements. Gone are the days of blogs and massive walls of text like the one you see now. Although there are still a few people who do walls of text. But the troubling part for me are the pictures, I've always believe social media is a facade to show the world and your personal connections what you want them to know about you and hide all the failures in the background. However there are times where your friends will throw you under the bus for the silly things you might have done (That often photo of you being drunk!). I do hate photos I'm in because I want to keep the mystery about myself so I don't like them up. I even force people to delete photos they have of me. Sometimes if its a good photo or there nothing really happening around the picture I let them keep it.
You may ask, "So Avenger? Why are you talking about photos, narratives and stories?"
Well I kinda want to write a two part journal series and this is the introduction. I tried to fit it all in here but this post will be too convoluted and too long to read and it already is too long.
On my first journal will be about Youtubers, Twitch Streamers and Twitter influencers. It is going to be about my observations on how good they use their respective platforms to tell a story about themselves and how some of their audiences actually find their narratives interesting.
My second journal will be how I'm using stories and narratives to try and get myself a job in a career I really want. So far I easily get past the first few employment screenings only to screw up in phone interviews. For some reason I feel very comfortable with personal interviews but if its over the phone and I can't see the person I'm talking to I stuff up my narrative making my story inconsistent and me not getting the job. Hopefully the second journal will be more useful to anyone trying to find a job and are in a similar situation as I am in right now.