How bizarre it is to have severed ties with facebk! That very awareness convinces me that I have done the right thing. It is like I'm without a pack of cigarettes or dreaming of sugar when I've given it up. Yes, for me it was an addiction. I know for many of you that it is possible to go on fb once in awhile and feel no different when you can't get to it but it wasn't that way for me. I liked many things - how I made it my own with my poems and photos - how I could easily find folks that I hadn't been in contact with for a long time - but more and more those things also became the poison of it. I had to let folks become 'friends' because I wasn't able to say - 'no, we aren't friends and I'm not interested in anything you are nor are you interested, really, in me.' The lovely comments and many likes of my writing and photography became something I felt I needed in order to create - which is of itself the death of creativity.
I'm now back 'on purpose' as they say - my poems for my project are flooding out of me, my work on Bright Angel also moving much quicker than I thought. As well, I'm back here blogging. Some might say what is the difference but all of you who do both will easily know the answer to that! facebooking is like reading People Magazine - it is reading but it isn't like reading anything you truly want in your head. Blogging is like reading good magazines with interesting articles, photos and short stories or poems. Perhaps not a New Yorker but close. Or fb is like watching reality television shows and blogging is like historical bbc shows. You know! It is slower and I have to tend my blog friendships or they will go away - I can not depend on an audience being fed my stuff - I have to read, comment, build trust etc... - I have to show up and write posts that are relevant and engaging. I must, in short, be slower and more deliberate in all ways.
I like that. I am a hand-quilter, a walker, a slow-food movement gal. I like making time mine instead of being held hostage by it.
I'd love to hear about how any of you deal with social media and keep your head about you.
Here is a photo of a walk me and the fella took yesterday ...for more go to Sojourner