Today I found out one of my friends deactivated their Facebook accounts. Temporarily at least. “HOW LIBERATING” was the first thing I thought. I’m oddly addicted to Facebook, especially since having Everett. It felt like a way to escape the daily grind and find out what other people were doing – but soon enough you spend too much time checking Facebook and not enough time actually LIVING. I found myself checking Facebook on my iPhone instead of playing with my son! So, without a second thought, I deactivated my account. Temporarily at least.
One thing that almost stopped me was that I use it as a social marketing tool for this blog. But then I’d rather lose a few potential readers for my own good. And if people really want to read my blog, they’ll come and read it right? And do I even care how many readers I have? No. I can’t write this blog worrying about how many readers I have. It’s a hobby, a virtual diary of my sustainable living and ideas and if I can inspire someone along the way, even one person, then I feel a sense of achievement.
So here’s to getting a few extra minutes (or many, many more) back in my day because I don’t have Facebook to distract me. Here’s to reconnecting with my family and friends the good old fashioned way – in person, over the phone, heck even by email or SMS. It’s better than checking someone’s status updates occasionally and feeling like you’re involved in their lives – because you’re not really. It’s like following a celebrity on Twitter and feeling like you’re friends. Friends call each other. Friends ask “How was your day?”. Friends hang out. And that’s what matters more right now!
So if you usually rely on Facebook to read my blog posts I can only suggest signing up to receive them by email (check to the right —>) or using something like Bloglovin to check all your blogs in a newsfeed style.
I hope we can still be friends!