I’ve decided to unlink my blog from Facebook. I’ve never been very comfortable with knowing that my blog posts will appear on Facebook and I’m now listening to that discomfort. Tanya takes the view that if people don’t want to read the posts, they don’t have to. I, on the other hand, am terrible at marketing and would rather no one read my blog than parade it in front of people who don’t want to see it. After all, if someone wants to read the blog, they can subscribe to it.
The final impetus for this decision was reading Tim Urban’s blog post called 7 Ways to be Insufferable on Facebook. I’ve always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Facebook anyway because I fluctuate between wanting to show people what I’ve been doing, and thinking that showing people what I’ve been doing is rather narcissistic.
Tim Urban categorizes the 7 different type of statuses that are insufferable. Some of them I hadn’t consciously thought of as bad, but others just scream at me. My least favorite type of status is the one that should be private. You know, the “I’m so proud of you, my dear husband / wife / son / daughter. You fill my heart with joy and blah, blah, blah.” I also dislike statuses that are too obviously attention seeking: photos of the person doing something amazing thirty years ago; posts telling me they’ve just checked into a $1,000 a night hotel; etc.
Few of my Facebook friends share interesting articles, unlike Tanya’s friends who share some fascinating stuff. So I don’t even need to go to Facebook to learn about interesting articles – Tanya tells me about them. And I’ve come to the conclusion that getting Likes or giving Likes is a poor substitute for genuine face time – you know, actually being with the other person.
Tim Urban says “To be unannoying, a Facebook status typically has to be one of two things: 1) Interesting/Informative, or 2) Funny/Amusing/Entertaining“. I like to think (or at least I hope) that my blog posts are interesting or informative to other people (although in the end I write them for myself.) But I’ve decided that if other people find them interesting or informative, they can subscribe to the blog, or at least look at it periodically. I also suspect that I’ll write more (interesting or informative 🙂 ) blog posts when my blog is no longer linked to Facebook.
So this will be the last blog post I link to Facebook.
Links and other Clicks
Here’s the 7 Ways to be Insufferable on Facebook post.