It has been a couple of years since I have had an active Facebook account. When I first joined the social media site it was because I gave into peer pressure. “Everyone” I knew had an account, so it made sense I get one, too.
Well, it didn’t go well. Apparently to get anything out of Facebook, you have to go onto Facebook, at least occasionally. I started hearing my friends (the ones I actually see in person) say things like, “I posted that on Facebook.” I realized I was missing out because I didn’t spend time on the site.
Instead of checking in more often, I decided to check out by deactivating my account. I figured if there were things I needed to know, my family and friends would tell me about it when I saw them. (Boy was I wrong.) And if I didn’t know something, I had the excuse of not having a Facebook account .
So what has changed? I started a blog! I now have come to a better understanding of what it means to build a platform and I think Facebook can help me with that. But just to be clear, I’m not only joining Facebook again to get more exposure for my blog. I really do want to connect with people.
Here are my reasons for re-joining Facebook.
- Reconnect with old friends–I know, I should have been doing this previously. However, some things have recently happened that made me realize how much I miss my friends. Bobby and I have lived a few different places in our years of marriage. I have made friends there, that sadly, I have not kept up with. I think they are on Facebook, so it makes sense for me to be there, too.
- Make new friends–If I understand social media even a little bit, it seems that I should be able to “meet” new people who have similar interests to mine. In today’s world, we are not limited to social circles in our community, but have access to places geographically far from us. I think it is time that I allow my horizons to be expanded.
- Expand exposure to my blog–O.K. I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I didn’t at least admit that I hope I can get more people to my blog. I love my blog and think it is at least mildly entertaining. Therefore, it makes sense that I would like more people to see it. (Thank you, to those of you who are faithful subscribers! I appreciate you taking time to read what I write.)
- Get to “Like” all those cute kitten videos–I probably could be considered a crazy cat lady. I really enjoy watching videos of animals, especially cats. Because I only get to see them occasionally now, when Bobby tells me about them, who knows how many I’m missing out on. I would think if I have my own Facebook page, my friends (old and new) will make sure I don’t miss any.
I hope this revised relationship with Facebook will be rewarding. If you have any tips on how to manage a Facebook account, I would appreciate your advice. Please leave me a note below in the comments.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist!