Facebook and Me : A Prologue

In my Drafts, I have a post that I started several weeks ago about Facebook.  I’ll finish it up eventually, it’s one that needs a few revisions before posting.

Here’s the important part of the upcoming message, for my friends, anyway:

I’m not doing Facebook!  I haven’t been active on Facebook in at least a month.  I don’t even have the Facebook and Messenger apps installed on my phone.  I have an account basically so my wife can tag me, and because almost everyone I know and care about still uses it daily, and I need to be able to reach out to them.  I’m keeping that account open so I can share posts from my blog here to Facebook, so maybe my friends will figure out that my real social media activity is happening here, and on YouTube.

If you want to see what’s going on with me, you’ll need to visit my blog at http://www.jimsparks.com.  If you want to contact me, you’ll need to reach out via email, text message, voice, or by commenting on my blog posts (like you would my Facebook posts.) (For what it’s worth, I dream of one day having as many Likes, Comments, and Shares on my blog posts as I do my Facebook posts.  Yeah, I know, I dream big.)

I get that it’s a change, and I get that not everyone is going to spend their time coming by the site.  Facebook is easy, I get it.  I don’t hold it against you.  Right now, though, my Facebook page says I have something like 127 notifications I haven’t reviewed.

I’m not seeing your posts, tags, and comments on Facebook, and I just wanted to let you know.  If you want me to see a cool photo or video, you’ll need to send it (or a link to it) to my phone or email.  If you want to recall a great memory with me, you’ll have to do it with me directly, not through Facebook.  The same goes for events and volunteering you would like me to be involved in: I’m not going to see your event posts and invites on Facebook.  You’ll need to hit me directly to get me involved.

Please don’t get me wrong, I want to know what you’re up to!  I just won’t rely on Facebook for maintaining relationships.  I’ve provided plenty of other avenues of communication, my door is always open, and keeping in touch is a two-way street.

Dig it, if you can.

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