My friend Simon and I have given up social media for Lent.
While Simon has had a blanket ban on all social media, I’ve been banned only from interacting on social media – so that I can still post links to the blog and suchlike (yes, I was worried about my stats ok!)
Because I am still using Facebook to promote the blog and to run my clients’ pages, it’s a bit tricky – I am still logging in every day, and catching glimpses of my increasing number of comments and friend requests… I seem to have become very popular over Lent, with a lot of people I’m not sure I know attempting to add me as a friend.
I find though, that as Lent draws to a close I’m not really looking forward to trawling through 60+ notifications and fourteen friend requests. No offence to people who have left comments and suchlike, but I doubt much of it is of any substance.
Being away from social media for Lent has meant I’m away from all the drama, and the people who tend to thrive on it. It’s so nice when people say “did you see what she said on Facebook?!” to say “no, and I don’t much care!” Life is easier when you’re not involved in drama – but it’s also less stressful when you’re not watching it, not even vaguely aware of it. This is similar to the day I realised I was wasting large chunks of my life with watching soaps – I stopped watching all of them, and my mood instantly improved. I do think there will be a fair few deletions when I return to Facebook – and the people I can’t delete (for political reasons) I will be hiding from my newsfeed. I don’t need to see it!
What I have really missed about Facebook recently is that it was S’s birthday, and I know people will have
|S appreciating the Minion birthday cake
her auntie made for her
left comments and messages wishing her a happy birthday. I would have loved to be able to thank people for their kind wishes, and to thank all the people who came out for her birthday – we really had a lovely day and feel very blessed.
Another reason I’m wishing I’d been paying attention to Facebook though – something very odd happened with the blog this week. I wrote a post on Monday about nurseries and pre-schools, and how I think we expect too much of the staff. I’m not sure at what point one considers a post to have gone “viral,” but at the time of writing, that post had received something like 17,000 hits. To put this in perspective – the second most popular post on my blog (the nurseries one is now most popular) is from July last year, and has 2300 hits. From what I can tell, the majority of people finding that post, have found it through a link on Facebook. I’m really not sure I’ve ever attracted that many people to the Facebook page for the blog (what do you mean you don’t already like it? Go and like it now please!); I’m thinking someone somewhere has shared my link somewhere and I really would love to thank them for that. I’m utterly gobsmacked by the traffic I’ve received over the last few days!
How is Simon getting on?
Easter is just over a week away, and with it the end of my social media ban for Lent. I felt ready to return for a week or so, but have not let curiosity get the better of me. I miss keeping up with my friends, but they will still be there when I get back. I am looking forward to seeing what they’ve been up to, which was after all the original reason for me getting a Facebook account after resisting for so many years.
I think I’ll be considering that more with my use of social media when I’m back on it after Easter Sunday.
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