It’s been almost four years since I wrote this post, bidding Facebook farewell. Over the past few years, as I’ve occasionally reconsidered this decision, I only had to go back and re-read that blog entry. The facts of the matter never changed, and those facts, to me, looked like a mountain that I just didn’t want to climb again. Every one of the reasons I list there still holds true, and they’re all still good reasons not to be on Facebook. In fact, if I started climbing that mountain, I’d no doubt find it’s even higher than I originally thought, and that the mountain has grown over the past four years.
But, for now, I’ve just decided that rather than climb that mountain, I’m just going to build a little cottage at the foot of it and be ok living in its shadow for a while. Maybe someday an avalanche will come, maybe the mountain will collapse taking everything and everyone with it, but…. maybe not.
The thing is, there are a lot of people I’d like to stay in touch with, and FB seems like the best way to maintain that particular grade of low-level being-in-touchness that I’m looking for. I don’t want to call Random Guy I had algebra class with and have conversations with him a few times a year, but it’s nice to see that he’s doing well, and if he ever goes on vacation somewhere I went on vacation, it’d be nice to Like his photo or whatever.
And yeah, I’ll probably be blogging here a bit less. This blog, like all blogs I think, is a bit of a dinosaur. I’m not abandoning it completely, and I’ll still use it for longer stuff that I don’t feel like posting on FB. But the writing is on the digital wall, folks, the era of the blog is long gone. Sometimes I feel elderly just telling people I have a blog, like telling people I still haven’t replaced my rotary dial phone or complaining about how hard it is to rent VHS tapes these days.
It’s not that big a deal. I just felt like I had to say something, somewhere, here. One of the first people who received a FB friend request from me yesterday replied with, and I quote, “!!!!!!!!!!!!” so I just felt some kind of explanation was due.