Negativity is everywhere on the internet, it's rampant. I can handle it in small doses -- I've been known to go on a rant or two -- but it's much too pervasive and has gotten particularly disturbing over the last couple of years.
I made the mistake of watching "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix earlier this week and that documentary would make anyone want to delete every social media app off their phone. But whether you subscribe to the theory that social media is the cause of many of society's current ills -- depression, isolation, political polarization, incitement to violence -- or that the ills of society influence social media, there is no mistake: the internet is letting you know -- all the time -- that things are not OK.
I don't need that reminder every waking hour of the day. It's not healthy.
That's why having a card hobby, and living out that hobby online, is a good thing. It's a way to stay positive, and a way to connect to other positive people -- online. Collecting is a positive hobby -- despite what Twitter may say -- especially on the blogs.
"Look what I got!" "Check out this new discovery!" "Here is what I found when I played with my cards!" "Hey! Here's some good news!"
All of those sentiments are on card blogs. In force. Every day.
This is why I say all the time when I spot grumpy people -- usually fans of baseball teams bickering with each other on social media -- that those people should start collecting baseball cards. Collecting is finding the fun in baseball, instead of the negative name-calling and battle-line drawing that you see between fan bases.
So how about I stop dwelling on the negative and focus on the positive? What positive things have happened to me this week?
Well, keeping it in the hobby, I'm happy to say that I arranged to write my next three articles for Beckett magazines this week!
These should be articles 8, 9 and 10 that I've written for them. I'm not going to mention what the articles are about, but I will say that all of them have been topics that have been discussed on card blogs or other online sites, including by myself. Also, I'm really fired up to tackle all of them.
Writing those stories should keep me busy for the rest of 2020. I don't anticipate it affecting my blogging time -- the other articles haven't -- but if you do see a slowdown, that's probably the reason why.
OK, now for a little actual card good news.
Nothing earth-shaking here: you can't complete a set every week, you know. But any time I pick up Kellogg's 3-D cards from my childhood, it is a happy, happy, SUPER POSITIVE day.
These three 1978 Kellogg's cards are the latest in my set quest and they contain two childhood favorites in Cecil Cooper and Ralph Garr.
Each are in spectacular shape. You'll notice the bottom edge of the Jose Cruz is pretty ragged. I didn't spot that until I scanned it. But it's not anything that will bug me. The card is just as shiny and 3-Delightful as the others.
The best thing about my latest online purchase arrival is that some 1975 Kellogg's cards hopped into the cart with my 1978 Kellogg's cards!
What? What are you guys doing in here! I'm not collecting the '75 Kellogg's set yet!
But I certainly wasn't throwing them out of the cart. Not with that super handsome Dick Allen card staring at me. What a wonderful-looking card. Makes me want to go back in time and change my favorite team. That's how powerful that card is.
There is nothing like a '70s Kellogg's card to brighten your day, and scatter all of the negative thoughts put in my mind by all of the online doom-and-gloomers. (Facebook, shut your face).
Yeah, I get it. You have a cause that's IMPORTANT.
I just think a lot of people could go about it in a much more pleasant way. Is social media the sole cause of all of the negativity in the world? No. But we could all do a better job online of brightening people's days.
I'm trying to do that with this baseball card blog.
I'm telling you, everyone should take up this hobby (and by taking up the hobby I mean by being a collector, not a flipper).
The world just might be a little more positive for it.
P.S.: Another positive development: I think new Blogger has fixed the spacing between paragraphs!