I have had an uneasy relationship with Facebook, to say the least. I used to say that I was “sociologically opposed” to it, and I thought myself rather witty. But I eventually joined anyway. I got tired of not knowing things about people I loved, not being able to see the photos of the babies in my life, not getting replies to e-mails because suddenly e-mail was “old-school.” I thought I better make myself able to be “found” by people who would want to find me.
I remained ambivalent about Facebook, and I even blogged some of my concerns about what it was doing to community. Well, it took about eight months or so–and random friend requests from people I hadn’t seen in over twenty years and, quite frankly, didn’t care to catch up with–that I realized something.
I hadn’t been lost after all. There was no need to be “found.” So I wrote a final status update and deleted my Facebook account.
I don’t regret my decision, though I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that not being on Facebook necessarily means I will be less connected to people who matter to me, despite my best efforts at community. I’ve already missed announcements of pregnancies (and births!) and I don’t see very many pictures of my friends. But I’m okay with that. Every time I read about some privacy scandal related to Facebook, I breathe a little freer.
On the business side of things, though, something I’ve really missed about Facebook is getting to promote Texas Schmexas. I really liked linking to blog posts, and I especially liked linking back to the pages of folks who write for “guest post Wednesdays.”
So what to do? I’ve come up with an uneasy solution, friends.
Schmexas is headed to Facebook. For real.
Texas Schmexas now has its very own Facebook page. There is now a little “f” in the upper left corner of the blog that takes you to the page, and if you decide to “like” Texas Schmexas on Facebook, you’ll get updates from the blog through your newsfeed. See, I’m all about being all things to all people.
(Can I tell you that I find it unbelievable that as I sit here and type up this announcement, two people have “liked” it already? Goodness. You Facebook people are crazy!)
Feel free to give some feedback about this decision. I’m prepared to take a ribbing.