Removing the Shackles of Facebook

You may have noticed (but let’s be honest, you probably didn’t) that the right sidebar of my website no longer has a button asking you to like my Facebook page. There is a very good reason for this. Because I removed it, obviously. But why? Why would I do such a crazy thing? The answer is simple. I’ve disabled both my Facebook author page and my personal Facebook account. I was getting tired of it and having the page offered little to no value to me as a writer, especially with so few likes to call my own and Facebook’s idiotic policy of not sharing page posts with everyone who likes the page. The personal account was just sucking time away from things where the time would have been better well spent/wasted. I’ve been working lately on finalizing my Halloween setup before I unleash it upon the world in the next couple days.

I haven’t deleted my account yet. I started by disabling the account. A sort of trial separation. If I log back in then everything goes back to the way it was. I still have all of my “friends” and pretty much nothing has changed. At this point though, I’m kind of enjoying being one of the few people who doesn’t have Facebook, so if I do log back in it’ll likely be to flat out delete the account. No start overs. No re-dos. Everything is just gone if that happens, and I’ve come to realize that I’m okay with that. I’m leaning in the  direction of doing that. I’m no longer a slave to the monster and my time is spent/wasted on better things than scrolling through a list of things people I used to know posted about things I probably (for the most part) don’t care all that much about.

Don’t mourn the death of my Facebook account. Celebrate the rebirth of some of my free time.

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8 responses to “Removing the Shackles of Facebook

  • Al

    Did you delete or unpublish the page?

  • NotAPunkRocker

    I really, really want to cut ties with FB. I prefer Twitter for my supposedly witty blurbs and rants. The only thing keeping me is so many of my friends use the FB chat and no other program to, well, chat, and I don’t want to cut them out. So I plod along for now.

  • Suzanne Joshi

    Adam, I don’t have FB but I’ve started a Twitter account. I don’t feel the need for FB at this time. i also have a Pintertest account and enjoy that. 🙂 — Susan

  • storydivamg

    Okay, this time I’m stone-cold sober, so listen up, Mister! I completely understand a need for a break from FB. That said, be sure you don’t distance your audience by shunning social media entirely. I use FB and LinkedIn to drive traffic to two of my blogs. I haven’t successfully plugged in with Twitter, but having a couple of social media outlets has helped tremendously in getting my articles and my vampire fiction “out there.” Since I have an FB network of over 400 (very diverse) friends, I often tag individuals I know will be interested in a particular blog post, short story or article. Goth friends get tagged when a new flash fiction for my Lauren Shrecklich saga is posted. Friends into the social justice scene get tagged when I feature a story about locally grown produce and fair wages at Costco. History buffs and local Kansas City folk who might want something to do on their next long weekend get tagged when I write an article on the World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. Basically, until my SEO gets found and promoted by those great folks (and annoying little bots) at Google and Bing, I do my own optimized marketing to friends and acquaintances via social media. The additional hits helps a little with my content moving up the search-engine food chain. It takes some time and concentration, but it’s definitely worth it.

    • Adam Ickes

      I’m not shunning social media altogether, just cutting out Facebook because it doesn’t work for me. I never used my personal account to promote my writing and I never will. On top of that my page posts were only ever seen by 5-10 people who generally didn’t engage with them to push them out to more. If Facebook didn’t push them out based on the engagement of a small subset of likers then I would consider keeping the page active, but in Facebook’s current model it’s not doing anything for me. Most of my social media activity happens on Twitter.

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