Thursday, January 26, 2017

MY RAMBLING STREAM OF THOUGHTS ABOUT FACEBOOK

What I write here is a rambling stream of thoughts about my time on Facebook. While I've missed contact with my many friends on the site, my thus far short break has been a relief, and I've felt better during the time away. I doubt I can return to FB on the same basis as previously. I was spending far too much there, and, in the end, I was suffering stress from overload. If I could post and pretty much ignore comments, that could work, but I can't. I want to monitor comments to make sure the discussions don't drift into attacks and name-calling on my page.

Also, when my friends take the trouble to read and comment, I feel obliged to return the compliment and read and comment on their pages. Thus, the time problem, and, in the end, Facebook became more of a burden than a pleasure.

Since I've always preferred blogging to Facebook, I'm thinking of taking my writing back to my blog and putting links to my blog posts on FB. A number of my friends will probably not read the posts, and that's okay. Unfortunately, people who have not joined Google tell me they can't leave comments on Blogger. It seems Google has taken over Blogger, and I don't know how to solve the problem. Still, I feel much more comfortable blogging than posting on FB.

I've pretty much made my decision because of the relief I already feel from spending less time and being less active on FB, but it's not set in stone. If I go back to my old ways of posting and commenting on FB, I'll probably soon suffer from stress overload again.

18 comments:

susankay said...

just google -- no "plus"

June Butler said...

susankay, I'm sure you're right. It just happened without anyone asking my permission, and I don't really understand. My comments setting is as open as it can possibly be, so I'm not screening out comments. Thanks. I'll correct my post.

Richard Thornburgh said...

Facebook does demand a lot of time and self-control. There are many posts I feel as if I want to comment on (split infinitive there, sorry), but I know I would be sucked into a lengthy debate and receive some fairly abusive reactions, so I let it go and move on. Blogging on the other hand takes a different sort of discipline, a more structured routine, and greater creative writing. I haven't blogged for over a year. How has my public managed without me?

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Wherever you go, I will follow...thanks for your confidence and kind ways...Len

Sherry Peyton said...

I've thought of much the same things, but my blogging never received much support, so in the end it seemed to serve only my need to rage.

June Butler said...

Richard, apparently I don't have the necessary self-discipline to limit my time after I post, and the comments come in. One thing leads to another, and an hour or two have passed before I know it. I had to do something.

June Butler said...

Thanks, dear Len. Love you.

June Butler said...

Sherry, toward the end of my regular blogging, I felt that I was talking to and for myself. If that's the case, then so be it. I like to write, and it's good therapy for me to get things out of myself and on another medium, even if I'm a voice crying out in the desert, and no one pays attention.

Purobi Phillips said...

June my dear, and look at you now. You are doing the same thing here. I miss you but I will read your blog whenever I can. I will connect via this method before June 17th. Love you.

June Butler said...

Purobi Phillips, I am not doing the same thing, because I'm spending much less time on Facebook. For better or for worse, I feel as if I have a chunk of my life back. Thanks for staying connected. :-)

Dan Riley said...

Sister!

Jane Mason said...

Dear June, we will always find each other. There is no obligation to stay on fb when it is causing you stress - I will enjoy meeting you on your blog.
I hope this works for you and that you enjoy this stage .... love Jane.

June Butler said...

Brother!

June Butler said...

Thanks, Jane. I'm sure we will remain in touch. You're my only friend in South Africa, and your friendship in the wider world means a lot to me.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous works with out a Google account.

June Butler said...

Thanks. Anonymous and sign a name, any name, so I can distinguish one anonymous from the other.

algonquinonthebayou.blogspot.com said...

Yeah, June, I have to take sabbaticals from FB too. But us tiny blue dots floating in a red sea would be lost without it.

June Butler said...

Yes, we do, comrade! It's good to hear from you.