Thoughts on Facebook

I deleted my Facebook account around Christmas and was very proud of myself for killing one more time-sink. Although really, psychiatrist when you kill one time-sink you just fill it up with another one (hello, cheapest Pinterest?). For the most part I haven’t missed Facebook except for the handful of people I actually stayed connected with through it – mostly friends I met through blogging who, health for one reason or another (kids) don’t blog anymore.

These days it seems that some people only want to stay connected through Facebook and so I have no idea what is going on in their lives. I don’t have a problem with Facebook really but I found that I was trying to keep in touch with too many people – too many people who obviously weren’t fussed about keeping in touch with me. When I decided to leave I sent a lot of people an e-mail and told them I was leaving and where they could find me online. For the most part though I find that if I don’t make the effort no one makes the effort and this is a theme in my life. I don’t know why I try so hard with people who obviously don’t care. I think a part of me is that awkward short-haired little kid who still wants to be liked by everyone. I mean, Facebook has that big “Like” button which might as well say “Like Me Please” for those of us who are constantly seeking approval. I no longer feel like I am seeking approval all the time but some habits die hard and the Mister and I are still the ones who put out more effort than we receive (that, in itself, is a whole other post).

However, have you noticed how many organizations & business go through Facebook these days? There are a couple stores in town I like to frequent and all of their specials are now hosted or advertised through Facebook. There is an artist collective that I never hear about anymore because I’m no longer following them on Facebook. I haven’t won a single movie pass or book since leaving Facebook (and I have been relying on winning movie passes since high school – no joke, I’m lucky/cheap that way). It’s all rather insidious isn’t it?

So for a while now I’ve toyed with the idea of starting up a new page just for blog related things and so I can “like” the business and organizations that I can’t keep track of otherwise. (I have gotten some really great deals through Facebook – let’s face it, social media advertising works.) I can’t decide if I should start a page for this blog or just a personal account or both. I know I need the personal account to start the page so I have already done that although it is pretty hush-hush and I’m friends with three people. I don’t really feel the need to be ‘friends’ with every one I met once in the last 35 years but there are certain people I do miss hearing about (my sister, for example, makes me laugh with her status updates). I’m thinking maybe I should do Facebook and get rid of Twitter? I’m still undecided on the whole thing and I guess part of that is because I’m undecided what I am doing with my life/career/blog and if social media is going to be as big a part of it as it was in the past. I don’t have to figure it all out tonight though.

What are your thoughts about Facebook these days?

(It rained all day today so I couldn’t take any photos of the garden, hence, no garden post today.)

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