I’m officially cutting loose from Facebook this week. If you are/were connected to me over there then you might already know this. I didn’t think it seemed right to just up and disappear but I also am not sure I should go into a big boring explanation about it either. Facebook never felt right to me and what does feel right is to let it go. I hesitated on this for a long time because there are some good reasons to stay. I love seeing friends’ baby pictures, what people are crafting, stories from my favorite news sources and photographs of Yosemite National Park. But, although it will take more effort on my part, I can still access all of this without Facebook.
Part of my reasoning also has to do with sheer information overload. Honestly, sometimes it really is all too much for me and I know I have to walk away from it, as hard as that can be. For example, if you are on Etsy you are probably aware of their new Activity Feed feature. It informs you of all the activity that has taken place in your shop or the shops in ‘your circle’ since you last visited Etsy. It’s not as though this information wasn’t available before, you just had to seek it out. To be honest though, this feature probably does more to take away from my creative time (and therefore my shop) than it does to help me run it successfully.
Don't get me wrong, a lot of these things are fun and I am glad I have the choice to use them. I don’t have to use them, I know. Willpower, time management, and good old-fashioned common sense can go a long way in navigating through all the information available online. And sadly, I wish I had more of those things. It’s so hard to not feel as though you are missing out on something when you opt out of things but for me personally, I have to do it. But, hey, I won’t know what I’m missing anyway, right?
So, there is part of my reasoning. The rest I’ll save for another day. This is one of many steps I need to take to de-clutter my brain from all it takes in online. If anyone else is struggling with this please share your insights and techniques for dealing with some of the challenges that come along with having so much information at our fingertips. Then we’ll all get off our computers and play outside, okay?
Thank you to everyone who 'liked' me or 'friended' me on Facebook during my stay there. I truly appreciate it!