“Some days are good days, others are hard work, we can feel like we're swimming up stream, or wading through porridge; but those days are valuable too. Those are the days when we discover we are uncomfortable enough to re-assess where we are investing our energy, those are the days when we are forced to look at the cold hard facts and decide whether we are serving our best interests by continuing”
This quote struck a chord with me.
I've been feeling like this about Facebook.
Ever since Facebook instituted Timeline and began deciding who would see my posts based upon some mathematical formula, I've been struggling to keep interaction with those who follow my page at some sort of meaningful level.
It's not easy. Facebook decides upon the number of people who see a post based upon the number of likes your earlier posts have received, the number of people not following your page who see your post because it is reposted, how frequently you post, and how often you like and comment on posts made by others.
In order to show my posts to anything more than 10% of those who subscribe to my page, and in order to keep interaction with my subscribers at a level where more than 25% of them are talking about the page, I have to post at least hourly, and I have to post seven days a week.
That's more than a full time job folks, and it's a job for which I receive no pay.
I'm not saying that a full time job is bad thing: particularly when it's work that engages your mind and brings interesting people into your life. But - just like everyone else - I need to pay the bills and put food on the table. I work full time for wages, and the hours needed to maintain my Facebook presence are becoming problematic.
I find myself getting up three hours before work in order to get my blogging done and to set up timed posts so needed to ensure my Facebook presence throughout the work day. I find myself spending my evenings and weekends working on my blogs, editing photos, and catching up on comments on my page. I find myself with no time for the pastimes I love to share. Worst of all, I find myself neglecting family time and friends in order to maintain my on line commitments.
I've realized for some time that I need to make some changes so, in September, I took a couple of weekends off. I spent time with friends and family. I took a look at what life would be if I said goodbye to my Facebook commitment.
I really enjoyed those weekends.
As much as I enjoy my interaction with my Facebook friends, my family, my everyday real-life friends, my creative pursuits, and good old-fashioned leisure time are more important to me.
It's time to focus more on what makes me happy.
I'm looking forward to it.