I left Facebook for good two weeks ago, and while I miss interacting with many of you readers and friends, I know I made the right choice for me and my family.
I don’t want to make a big deal of it. I don’t need to make some grand public statement about Facebook. I don’t think Facebook is evil, and I don’t think that you should all log off. I do think it’s only getting worse, not better. I miss the days when you could send someone cyber flowers or throw Obama at them! But, that’s besides the point.
Facebook is a communication/networking tool, and like all tools, you need to make it work for you. It wasn’t working for me anymore.
I miss seeing many of your photos reading your status updates, and I miss my two publishers’ discussion groups, and boy do I miss updates from the parents at my daughter’s school, but at the end of the day, I needed to make a choice.
I chose to make time for more meaningful conversations. ‘LIKE’ just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I decided to choose to make more time in my day for exchanging longer emails with friends, phone calls, Skype calls, and even snail mail letters. I was only on Facebook a few minutes every morning to post on my Page, and an hour every night, but I think I also ‘checked’ people’s updates a few times throughout the day. Those minutes added up. Now, I find I have more hours in the day to do as I wish, and I’m happier.
I’ve been working on the sequel to Strangely, Incredibly Good, and it’s going well! I’m taking my time, though, because I want the second book to be just as good as the first. I’ve been posting the draft up on Wattpad.com here. You can take a look if you’re curious and if you’ve already read the first book. Leave a comment if you can, please — comments keep me motivated!
I still haven’t conquered the piles of laundry that forever need to be folded, or the dust bunnies under the fridge. Darn. But I’ve been enjoying fun times with friends and family in-person, and I think that’s more important.
This weekend, I was hardly online at all, so I’ve managed to get half the Christmas cards written and addressed, and we made yummy chocolate lollipops on my daughter’s day off school. I mulled some wine with spices last night, as it was rather chilly outside putting up our house lights. Our marriage stayed intact during the challenge of putting up house lights, at least for another year. ;) Wonderful to come in from the cold to the mulled wine on the stove. I have to say, I wish I could share a cup with all of you!
Thanks for reading my books, and thanks for following my blog. I hope you all find time to sit back and enjoy this holiday season.
I’m still easily found online! Just not on Facebook.
How can you reach me? You can send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment here – I’d absolutely love that.
I post chapters weekly on:
I post daily ( sigh, yeah. trying to keep it in check!) on
Goodreads I have a profile here
Google Plus I post here maybe once a week?
Cheers! To ‘finding’ more time for the things you really love. (Note I kick up my heel I like it so much! )
Author Heather Grace Stewart & her mulled wine