I'm leaving Facebook.
Ok, not really. But I do plan to minimize my presence there. I want to take control of my own content again and to decrease my footprint. I've been growing more and more frustrated with the direction the internet has been going for years now (Get off my lawn!). For a bright short period of time it seemed like anyone that knew how to put words together could build an audience and a brand and if lucky a living. There were blogs on nearly every conceivable topic and writers who you gave a shit about and people had lists of sites they visited every day. Now it's only Facebook and twitter. Rather than writing for themselves, people have turned to writing for corporations...for free.
And Facebook makes me feel like I am screaming into an echoey void. The only audience I have consists of "friends" and family. So that's limiting right out of the gate. Add to this, the way Facebook's algorithms work, not every posts shows in every newsfeed, so of my 500 friends, only a percentage will even see what I write. Few strangers stumble across my posts. Fewer still comment. Those who do are generally idiots.
So I am going to take a different approach. I plan to write offsite, and then post links to my content here. For one thing, if I write something you like, you'll be able to find it again.I'm going to take the Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere approach. That site pretty well breaks down the advantages of publishing this way.
So I'll still be on Facebook, but I am hoping rather than getting sucked into endless political discussions that will change nothing, rather than spending my time correcting misinformation or making fun of those who refuse to vaccinate their kids, I'll be able to be a bit more productive.
I always find it a bit odd when people dramatically announce they are leaving Facebook, but that's not quite what I am doing here. I plan to minimize my use of the site. It just hasn't been as fun since the elections. I see fewer posts about kids I don't care about, and the accomplishments of people I do, and more Trump Trump Trump.
I get it. It's important. You probably don't feel like posting about puppets right now while you see the rights of your friends being attacked and the country going to hell. I can't help but wonder if that's how the conservatives felt when Obama was in office. But it doesn't make for a pleasant day to read rant after rant by people I already agree with. It seems pointless. Preaching to the choir.
I have a lot I want to do with this site before it's ready to go, but this seems like a good enough start.
We'll see. I don't plan to give up Facebook all together, but I think I'll be better served (at least for now) by writing here. I hope you'll join me.