It’s been a humbling way to start the New Year.
Last week, on Christmas Eve, I decided to deactivate my Facebook account.
I put a lot of thought into the decision, wondering if I would miss reading my friends’ updates, if they would miss mine, and what impact it might have on my blog stats.
After the first week, I must admit that I’ve missed reading those friend updates a little bit, wishing people Happy Birthday, and occasionally commenting on what people post.
On the other hand, I don’t think anyone has even noticed that I’ve gone off Facebook, not even Mark Zuckerberg.
Apparently people have not been sitting around waiting for me to wish them a Happy Birthday or to post a witty comment on one of their posts. And when I failed to do so, people weren’t so concerned that they reached out to see if everything was OK. (I am, by the way).
I’ve also used Facebook as a place to post a link to my daily blog, and it’s been a steady source of readers of my blog. Based on my WordPress stats, Facebook usually brought in 20-40 daily views to my blog. Those views seem to be gone, which means that those people who used the link on Facebook to read my posts have not bothered to try and find my blog by another means. Apparently, my Facebook friends can make it through the day without reading my blog. I just assumed it was one of their daily habits, like eating and sleeping.
So once again, the message is clear.
The world does not revolve around me, my blog, or my Facebook account.
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