Apparently, I may have to leave Facebook. Boo hoo. Such a first world problem.
Here's the story: at one point, I had set up my blog to post automatically to FB when I actually got around to writing something. Ego, mainly. Now that I'm working at writing regularly again, I can't quite figure out how to disable to automatic posting, and some things that I want to say just don't have any place as Facebook posts. But when I disable Networked Blogs, and then post again... well, up comes the new blog entry in my FB feed, like a bad seafood dinner. Like this one did, no doubt.
There are other problems anyway. FB is a bit vapid, and a bit of a time suck. There are a few people whose posts I look forward to, and enjoy, I grant. As I often complain that I don't have any time, though, the obvious next step is clear. And just as I start to think "it would be nice to keep in touch with people", I realise that this is an unrealistic expectation. With a few exceptions, I simply don't have the time or the patience. I have enough for my immediate family and a few friends - most of the time.
GHR, as some of you will know, my wife and sometimes co-conspirator, gave up the Face-thingy last year, citing the waste of time factor. She's also been on a simplification kick since the new year began, and I am coming to see the charms of having fewer distractions from the truly important things. I don't know why I don't classify Twitter in the same way, but for now, I don't. Blame Stephen Fry, I guess.
Additionally, some of the privacy concerns which swirl around Facebook seem to be real, and I honestly don't want to have some vast swathe of my life spilled into the public domain because some git marketer got nominal permission to do so through some noxious trick or other (nor even a tiny trickle, as I don't add a lot to Facebook, but more still than I want in the hands of marketers chosen by bearded cardigan-wearing louts.)
So, people, if you actually read what I write (and I have no reason to expect that this is the case, in fact, I'd be rather surprised), or care otherwise, bookmark the blog, or otherwise drop me a line. But the FB presence will be gone before too long. Just a few last things to do.
Oh, and Facebook? You think you're going to trademark the word "face"? Really? Don't be a berk.