experiment and regret.

This is a ridiculous post in which I will discuss a matter that is probably not deserving of the seriousness level of the post… in which I treat something trivial with the utmost importance. You may come out of it thinking I’m crazy. Or more crazy.

I’ve accidentally been conducting an experiment over the past 30-ish hours. And I’ve made myself sad. I don’t like this.

Ah… but I do have regerts. Uh… regrets.

unintentional experiment:
Since the bitching about emojis post, I’ve made myself feel like I should try not to use them because doing so would make me a hypocrite. And it’s stupid… so stupid… because that whole rant was never intended to be about not using them!

results of unintentional experiment:
Also since that post, I’ve noticed you (the collective you… most/some of you) barely using them with me. I assume because I made everyone think I hate them and never want to see one again. But that was never the message I meant to send!

I am a shit writer because I didn’t even realize how skewed that post and the interpretations thereof became.

I never wanted that post to say ‘no emojis!’ It was about the excess and the loss of simplicity. And in some cases (like my girl kid), overuse. I miss the simplicity of : ) and : (. It feels like emojis have strayed from their original purpose: to convey emotion not always easily discerned from words alone. They still do that… but it’s the excess that annoys me, I guess. (Hell, a movie.) Is an emoji of a car conveying emotion? Probably not. So is it a ‘ji‘ instead of an ‘emoji‘? Because there’s no ‘emo‘…

The truth is… without any emojis at all, it’s bad! It’s sad and impersonal and kind of cold. Maybe next year, I should have a lovefest instead of a bitchfest. Because, let’s face it, I could probably use half the same things as I have love/hate relationships with so many of them.

This is truly ridiculous… all of it… maybe especially that I felt I had to clarify my stance on emojis! Like this is a critical issue! (Insert various laughing faces here…) But Vic said something that’s true — they make people feel good. Including me… which is why my accidental little experiment made me sad — because conversations suddenly turned cold. Without those little faces and hearts and such, emotion is… missing. That certainly wasn’t my intention. [God knows I’m emotional…]

I have regrets (or regerts, such as it is) about posting that rant at all. Maybe pretend you never read it. I think I’m going to need to spend more time discerning my own meaning before I post these things. And maybe I should stop writing them at 2 AM. I probably offended people with the cliché one, too. Maybe I shouldn’t care… but it’s just who I am. ♥

©2017 what sandra thinks


About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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44 Responses to experiment and regret.

  1. magarisa says:

    Emojis are back in full force! 😁🎉♥😸

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  2. I can’t speak for everyone, of course. But, I use ’em, and I took zero offense, to anything you’ve ranted about. And I don’t think I’ve stopped using them, with you or otherwise. So, from this loyal readers’ point of view, no worries. 😃😃

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    • I think I’m just annoyed with myself… I never wanted it all to go away… Maybe all my bitching is bad!

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      • Nope. I’ve said all along, to anyone who questions what they’ve written or posted, including myself, that this is your site. This is your place to be you and do your thing, whatever that may be. In your case, it’s your writing, and it has an edge, a realness, and just a sprinkle of dark and sarcastic (😏). It’s you. As it should be. It’s yours. If someone doesn’t like it, then so be it. Not your fault, nor should it be altered to please someone…unless that someone is yourself. You’ll have plenty of us who’ll read, enjoy, laugh, snicker, and generally enjoy your company. A few good ones are better than a bunch of iffy ones.

        Oh, and by the way:

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        • I never wanted to tell anyone what to do… or not do… or do again. I agree… I should be myself… but I want everyone else to be, too. So yeah… I didn’t like the way I came across. And stupid shit bothers me!! And I don’t have access to most emojis when I’m on my laptop. And now I’m just saying random things. 🙂

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  3. tarnishedsoul says:

    ❤ <—-My emoji for you and this post 🙂

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  4. Marquessa says:

    Presto chango! Your wish is our command!😀😉😊😆😍😙👍

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  5. VictoryInTrouble says:


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  6. I’ll admit, I like emojis, but I only let them do the talking for me under the more direct if circumstances. Like a progression of facial expressions or thoughts. 😊😊😁🤣😈😐😟😧😒😜

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  7. stephieann8 says:

    I have no issue with emojis just their use as the sole means of a conversation. I always used to wonder how ancient people who used hieroglyphics or other forms of pictographs could say so much with just one icon… then I had a conversation with a person who was obsessed with only using emojis… backwards we are going I tell ya!!

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    • I’m not sure I could decipher! James Corden has a bit he does with that on the Late Show. They take real news stories and tell them with emojis and audience members have to figure them out. They rarely come close…!


      • stephieann8 says:

        I need to look this up! Sounds like a hoot!

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        • It’s really funny. I love James Corden but I don’t watch regularly because Seth Meyers is my favorite and they’re on at the same time. I try but can’t quite keep up with watching online the next day… But James has a lot of funny things he does on his show… and he always brings all his guests out together. Makes it different from every other late night show…

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  8. No regerts, lady. Or regrets, or even egrets, for that matter :D. I wait everyday to see what you will write about next. Love Bitchfest!!

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    • I’m so glad! I have had mixed feelings about it from the start… and I think this whole situation is what I was worried about. I don’t want anyone to misunderstand… or take me too seriously… or be offended. You know?
      Thank you for this comment — it made me feel so much better! 🙂

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  9. If in excess, emojis aren’t really much fun. But after this post, the comments section will have enough (and more, I daresay!) emojis to make up for their absence earlier. 🙂

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  10. The V Pub says:

    👍👍👍👍 Whew. I had to get that out.

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  11. 🙂 🙂 🙂 ❤ 😛

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  12. gigglingfattie says:

    I don’t think I purposely stopped using them on your blogs but if you want, I can go all “unicorns and cupcakes” on you and write replies only from my phone and add all the cutesy emojis possible 😉 HEHE but let’s be honest: probably not…. but don’t quit your bitchfest! I am enjoying thinking in my head “um yes me too!” through all of them! ❤

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  13. Lennon Carlyle says:

    Oh how I love emojis and complain I don’t have enough of them….go figure. But seeing as you’re giving us an open gate, here are my favorites 😂💋💩🍹🍕🍔🍫☕

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  14. I tried throwing an entire Ascii art picture in this little box… It doesn’t work. It removes the spaces needed… Ah well that’s progress for you 🙂

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  15. Meg Sorick says:

    Oh my word! Did ‘we’ really start to lower the emoji count? Funny! I would highly doubt anyone was offended by the post, though! I can’t do them very well with my desktop however, just basic smiley faces and hearts. 😀 😉 ❤

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  16. Well, I for one think I “get it” and didn’t reduce my personal emoji count….It’s kind of like salt. A pinch of salt makes cookies WONDERFUL and really perks up veggies. But if you can see a crust of salt and it crunches in your teeth…you kinda overdid it. Same with emojis IMO. 😉

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