This morning was a typical weekend morning for me….slept until I wanted to (around 7:00), lazied about in bed thinking about the scene I wanted to write for my book (yup, novel’s finally back on track and my characters are talking to me)….out of bed….cup o’ coffee…brief good mornings to/from husband and pets….scene written….emails perused….FaceBook TIme….
And then it hit me…. FaceBook Time….
It. Just. Wasn’t. The. Same.
I’ve been a FaceBook fan for a long, long time. I’ve loved reconnecting with my friends. What a gift, right? I’ve weathered all the changes. I’ve delighted in people’s postings. I’ve “liked” my favorite TV shows so I could remember when they were on. I’ve been able to keep up with what’s been going on with my family.
I’ve even shouted to the rooftops how great FaceBook was and encouraged anybody who would listen to join the party.
And then, today, I just had enough of it all and I’m going to be closing my account. Why?
It just doesn’t feel like a party anymore.
There are sooooo many more annoying ads. And people are starting to push their livelihoods… big time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing posts of artwork and creativity and things that people are passionate about. But, I had one so-called friend call me on the phone the other day all apologetic about never really posting to me on FB as their preface to then try to get me to come to a lecture that they are hosting. A lecture, I might add, that if they really knew me would know I’d never attend.
Made me feel less like a friend and more like a name on a solicitation list. Not necessary for the care and maintenance of my Happy Place.
If my friends want to keep in touch, I’ve an email address. I’m on Linked In for my developing business. I’ve a blog. I have one website under re-construction and two websites in the works. I’ve Googled myself and all my many combinations of names and I’m pretty visible.
I can be found.
I’m just surprised at this decision I made. Surprised, I think, because it was so sudden. “But then,” I told myself, “Self, this is YOU we’re talking about. When you’re done, you’re pretty much done….” And I had to agree.
In 17 days, we’ll be heading North to Canada for our Whistler/Slocan Lake adventure. In 17 days, if the internet is agreeable, I shall be a bloggin’ fool…I’ve heard tell that Canada is a little tough when you’re relying on your phone service to help you out with your internet access. But there are wireless hotspots. We shall see…..
It’s all part of The Adventure.