It’s been over four months now. I made the leap to WordPress (and my own domain.) My wonderful husband helped make my blog prettier and more user-friendly. (We hope? We tried!)
At that same time, I did what I said I’d never do: I joined Facebook.
So, is it working for me? Well… pretty much. Here’s what I’ll tell you, honestly, about my experience so far:
What I Like About Facebook:
- I can share bits and pieces about my life without the character limitations of Twitter.
- The links I share have pictures! So silly, I know, but I like that.
- I find that I interact with a separate “group” of readers on Facebook more than on Twitter or through the comments. I’ve truly enjoyed forging those connections!
- I really enjoy the “like” feature. It’s such a quick, painless way of saying: “yeah, that.”
- I no longer feel like I’m “missing” stuff about my bloggy BFF’s. Sometimes I felt out of the loop in the past. It’s kind of nice to have another way of keeping up.
- I’m able to better stay in touch with my cousins. Two of my cousins are young women the same exact age as me, and also wives and mothers– but we live all over the country. It’s fabulous to be better-connected with them.
- I’ve reconnected with a few, precious friends from years past. A dear friend from our Virginia days. The best man from our wedding. My husband’s college roommate. My best friend growing up. I truly, truly MISS these people. It’s good to be in touch.
- I can score some good coupons and freebies. It’s true. Lots of companies are using Facebook to share deals these days and I’m happy to capitalize on that fact!
- It’s fun. I like social media, I really do. So Facebook is kind of a natural fit for me.
What I DON’T Like About Facebook:
- It can easily be another time-suck. Just like anything else, it does require some self-restraint.
- It can feel like a popularity contest. With people clamoring to get more and more “Like”s or “Friends”, it can feel a little high school-ish to me.
- On the subject of feeling high school-y, this whole “friend request” business feels that way, too…
- I hate ignoring friend requests. But I have to. I don’t want 500 some-odd friends. Let’s be honest– I don’t HAVE that many friends. Keeping the number reasonable is important to me. But I feel super bad ignoring people…
- While I love the comment feature of Facebook, I don’t like when all the comments wind up there rather than on a post… I would just like the conversation to be in one place, I guess. Seems simpler.
- I can’t get used to the term “unlike”… I mean, as a verb. It’s an adjective, people. Just saying.
- I don’t like that people can view my page without being on Facebook and “liking” my page. I can’t explain it, but it makes me feel weird and kind of stalked. So, um, if you’re in the habit of looking at my Facebook page, would you be a love and just go ahead and “Like” it already? So I can lose this creepy feeling? ‘Kay thanks.
If I could do it over, would I still join Facebook? Yes. Yes, indeed. The things I feared– it’s a time-suck, people from high school will try to find you, etc– were indeed valid concerns. But they’re not a huge deal. The second is easy to avoid if you’re a married woman and you opt to not use your maiden name anywhere. And if your married name is as common as mine? All the better.
I don’t think I’m ever going to master the art of Facebook or have thousands of fans. And I’m okay with that. I can flat guarantee you I will never have hundreds of “friends.”
But, yeah, I’ll say it: Facebook works for me.
How about you? Are you on Facebook? What do you like and/or dislike about it?
(Also? If you want to find me on there, just head here.)