You just knew I was going to say “Facebook,” right?
I know, every social media guru in the known universe (and, I swear, the number of “social media gurus” has risen exponentially over the last few years) says that if you’re a small business (e.g. a writer), ya just gotta have a presence on Facebook. I mean, there are 1.23 billion users on Facebook. In contrast, there are 243 million active Twitter users, 70 million Pinterest users, and 300 million Google+ users (and that just might be because, if you have a Google account, you get Google+ whether you want it or not). I got these numbers from Digital Marketing Ramblings’s post from less than a month ago. You might also like this article, identifying 98 amazing Facebook facts. I mean, dropping off of Facebook is cutting off your nose to spite your face, in a manner of speaking.
Well, count me as one of the noseless ones, at least until Easter Sunday. As many of you know, I gave up Facebook for Lent. I decided that I needed to concentrate on other things besides it, and was tired of getting onto Facebook at 10 AM and not getting off until after noon, then getting on it at 9 PM and being on it in some capacity until midnight or later. I know, that’s my fault. And, like Basil Fawlty, I must be punished. (The pertinent scene starts at about 1:20; the whole thing is a scream.)
I’ve noticed some effects of not being on Facebook since Ash Wednesday (this past March 5, so a month).
- I’m sleeping better.
- I’m not staying up as late.
- I’m not spending as much time in front of the computer.
- I’m getting more done (writing, blogging, reading) when I am on the computer.
- I’m in a much better mood.
- I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would, particularly
- the groups whose main intention is to keep you permanently p*ssed off;
- the people who post like squirrels on crack;
- the p*ssing contests that erupt on the groups that I follow.
There are some things that I miss, though:
- Facebook was my primary contact with my family, especially my brothers. Mary can’t fathom why I don’t pick up the phone and call them, but I’ll carry on long conversations with them online.
- Facebook is also how I stay in contact with
- my cousins, who I don’t see since I don’t travel to Chicago anymore;
- people I used to work with;
- friends from grammar school, high school, and college;
- friends from LiveJournal and Fuzzy Memories, who have curtailed their posting activity on those sites in favor of Facebook.
I haven’t given up social media entirely; I’ve gotten more active on Twitter, sending the URL’s of articles in tweets to Instapaper for reading more at my leisure, and have also been better about keeping up with blogs that I follow using Feedly. So I’m not totally out of the loop.
And, I will get back to Facebook eventually. But, I’m in no hurry…