I’ve worked really hard over the years to keep my blog templates fresh and useful, write posts (if not daily then at the very least almost daily) and interact with commenters. I’ve made a lot of good friends through my blogs. Then I sort of fell apart, most of you know about that, then I tried again, with small successes in fits and starts to knit and photograph and write but the good habits I’d developed dissolved when I hit obstacles, some visible to my online friends, some not.
The biggest obstacle being that social media giant Facebook. I really hate it, not because of anything it’s done to me, but what I do with it. I’ve been Facebook fasting for a few days now because I realize I’m way too invested time wise on one site. It’s not right, and it’s not right because it’s not helpful. Instead of doing what I do, playing with string and writing about it, I’m doing what Facebook wants me to do which is making Facebook more interesting.
Yes, I’ve made some new friends on Facebook and reconnected with some old friends there, but the price has been high, and most of the interactions fail to have any depth. Usually I walk away from Facebook conversations feeling as if everyone just has a pathological need to be the smartest guy in the room, not necessarily the right one. That makes me sad too.
So my fast is indefinite. I don’t know how long it’s going to last, I’m only checking in once every other day and for 10 minutes or less. I uninstalled the app from my iPhone and I’m just going to see how it goes. If I like my life (online and off) more, I’ll stick with it. If not, then I’ll have to try something else. What I do know is that I miss what I had here and on yarnporn and I think maybe I should step back in time a little and try to get it back.