A Facebook Update

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Over three years ago, I wrote this article. I did actually delete my Facebook account after writing the post, and I did avoid social media for quite some time. But then I graduated from college. I decided to focus more intently on growing my readership, and Facebook was the best available means to that end. So back into the World-Wide-Entangling-Web I went.

Until recently, that is.

Yet again, I’ve discovered that most social media is little more than a giant waste of time. Sure, my audience grew significantly as a result of my advertising efforts, but at what cost? Countless hours were once again wasted scrolling through silly, meaningless posts. To engage with readers over Facebook was rather laborious to say the least.

Thankfully, I realized that isn’t what I want. I don’t want to try and win a big audience. I don’t care about pleasing my readership. I just want to write, and then let the chips fall where they may. If I offend you, I’m sorry. If I please you, great. I’m not yet entirely sure as to why I write, but one thing is certain. Write I must, Facebook I mustn’t.

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2 thoughts on “A Facebook Update

  1. What’s facebook?

    Just kidding. Never really ‘got into’ it, but i have a cousin who was a teacher and she’d post on her page some really funny anecdotes of her students. Havent been back since she retired.

  2. Tom! I am listening to a January 2018 video as I prepare to wind down today and stopped to watch when I learned that you are a professional sign language interpreter. This interests me very much. I kind of fell into teaching in special education ‘mild/moderate’ ‘disabilities’ but had prepared for Severe Disabilities in graduate school. My point is: it felt like a misfit in a way and knowing myself now I think the learning of sign language would have been satisfying and allowed a certain independence we did not have in public school.

    I like to write and always have. I never joined fb and always understood it – continuously depending on sharing with others and their reactions/responses. But it took me a while to get to the nature of any kind of participation on line even just reading – for example a site like canon212 which I just learned of… is very like drudge report which I gave up several years ago. In a way they each seem like…. this is not my expression … ‘chewing the chewed’ over and over again as one reads. Trad Cath is a forum I visit but am extra cautious in engaging and long periods away. Even novus ordo watch, I visit intermittently.

    But listening to WCB I do not seem to tire of. I’m not donating until I am settled into a new location. That may take longer than I even thought… new developments and information. If I reach Norwood, I will be able to meet you and I look forward to that.

    I learned there is a new baby, perhaps even born on Christmas Day. Keep writing!

    with aloha from Hawai’i

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