If you don't like words and you're just here for the photos, keep scrolling. If you're wondering why I just uploaded a blank screen, please allow me to explain. Before I ever connected with people through photos, I wrote. I wrote very personal things about myself, my bad decisions, my heartache, my hopes and the validation I felt when I thought I was getting it right. I wrote to a large audience who responded to everything I posted. They served as a shoulder to cry on and we shared plenty of laughs, but they also scolded me and occasionally gave me a well-deserved virtual smack. It was authentic, raw and I totally miss it. That was over 5 years ago, back when people still read and engaged with blogs. And when I say blogs, I mean well-articulated pieces published on websites, not top 10 lists that exist on Snapchat for a mere 24 hours. These days bloggers often spend more time packaging their pieces than they do writing them, and numbers take priority over story. Editors ask, "Who's going to click that?" I know this because I’ve worked in online publishing since 2008, and the overwhelming majority of what I now write is the internet equivalent of junk food. It’s created for one purpose, and one purpose only: To deliver a cheap and satisfying hit. The objective is not to add any intrinsic value to the life of the consumer, but rather, to distract them long enough to take a few bites. And then, to keep them coming back. The same thing has happened with social media. We don’t always know why we double tap the screen, but we do, even if we don’t actually like what we’re “liking.” We’re moving too fast and forgetting what it’s like to be a human — and to think for ourselves. But what if we COULD go back to the way things were? Don't worry, I'm not bringing my dating/sex blog out of retirement, but I am going to start using my Instagram page as a place to share words, and see how people respond to them. It’s a connection I haven’t felt in years, and I’m curious. I don’t care about the fact that this post is probably going to get a whopping 356 likes, I care about the fact that 356 people liked it enough to read it in its entirety.