This is the page I pull up when I open Safari on my computer. It lists the sites I frequently visit so that I can just click on the icon to go directly there. . . .
Did you notice what's missing? Several of my web journals are listed as well as Blogger Dashboard--that's where I go to moderate comments that don't come directly to my e-mail inbox. I'll give you a little more time to look at the list. . . .
If you didn't notice, perhaps it's because you never bothered to be on Facebook. I joined years ago in order to see what my sons were up to. As much as I'm sure they did not want to "friend" their mother, they obliged me. But now I've decided to be on-line LESS and felt the only way to achieve that is to no longer visit Facebook--either to post there or to follow others' posts. That's because I want MORE time to devote to my own creative pursuits. I have appreciated being able to follow other's creative pursuits to stimulate my own, but I have not been very good at disciplining myself to just take a peek! I've also unsubscribed to several newsletters I read and a couple Blogs.
This is not a sudden decision. Since the first of the year I've been ruminating on it. I found myself longing for the good old days when you only heard from people if they wrote you a letter, picked up the phone and called, or came for a visit. Now your friends and family know just enough about what you're up to by checking Facebook to not have to do any of the above. And I have to say, I'm just as guilty. Facebook is great for dispatching information, but does nothing to further and enrich relationships. I wonder what would happen if EVERYONE disconnected from social websites and even Blogs that use terminology like "Friend" when we all know that it does not foster true friendship?!
So my question for you this month is how do you feel about all the social media options available to us today? There are several more I've only heard about and probably some I'm not even aware of. Which ones do you use? Have you ever gone cold turkey and stopped using social media? What did you discover? Did you miss it or did you take the next step and delete your account? I have used it to reconnect with several childhood friends, which was fun, but we have not maintained the connection because of the passage of time and distance. Have you found old friends and renewed your friendship because of Facebook? Have the positive aspects outweighed the negative for you?
I will let you know next month how it's going; that is, if you have not deleted my web journal from your reading list by then--I will not be offended if you do--I understand if what I post about no longer matches your interests! I'm hoping I'll spend more time on my drawing and painting and that I'll be spurred on to write letters, make phone calls, or schedule visits with my friends and family. Who knows--maybe I'll get a letter or a phone call or maybe even a visit.
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