My blog has been neglected for some time now, with very few posts. Life intervenes; other projects intervene; I’m actually out doing interesting things. Mostly though it seems as if my online time is spent on Facebook. I’ve even neglected Twitter somewhat.
Facebook is always interesting. At almost any time day or night someone is on, posting some intriguing link, funny cat picture or controversial remark. I love to debate and make comments, so I’m happy to oblige. My friends would probably be somewhat surprised by that. <– Sarcasm!
Last Friday I found myself doing the same sort of thing, and had an epiphany. (I’ve had a few lately.) It was a bit of a “what the fuck” moment. I wondered why I was routinely wasting my time getting involved in debates that really amount to little more than pissing in the wind.
So, I said to myself “that’s it Facebook, I’m done.” That guilt of tasks undone, blog posts half-written and tussling with friends over meaningless issues has finally taken its toll on me. Good thing too.
I haven’t posted anything in my personal Facebook account since, and I have no idea when I will next. I miss chatting with friends there, absolutely, but I realized that it’s consumed an increasing portion of my time and energy. These days my time and energy really needs to be conserved for more important issues going on in my life, of which there are a few. I won’t be deleting my profile though.
I could make a general statement about writing, I don’t know if it applies to everyone, but I know it applies to me: writing takes a certain amount of emotional energy and focus. It’s not an endless well, but it’s refreshed daily and there are times when that well is rapidly drained by life events. It’s on those days that writing is difficult to impossible. More and more I’ve found Facebook to be a drain (escape?), with me as a willing participant.
Taking a break from Facebook has already been positive for me, allowing me to focus more on writing, video editing, business and other important tasks. Now, that’s not to say I haven’t been on Facebook at all. I am posting on one project’s Facebook account. Nothing controversial, no debate, just post and that’s it. In fact, it’s been through Hootsuite so that’s even better.
What I have decided is that if there’s anything controversial I’d like to pontificate on, I’m going to do it here. Maybe it’ll serve more as a brain dump. If there’s no debate, I’m not going to worry about it. Probably better if there’s not.
I can see this recent change paralleling an epiphany last year about eliminating possessions and focusing more on life’s experiences. And last year I definitely did that!
Now I’m off to see if there are any half-written blog posts worth resurrecting and posting. There are a number of videos I need to work on and I still have photos to process from my trip to Europe. I am looking forward to it.
Maybe you’ll see me on Facebook sometime, or maybe not.