Facebook is a horrible platform for a photographer, writer, or a thinker. I like to claim I’m these things. Back to independent blogging for me.
Here a post about independent blogging from CJ Chivers. I found the links he provides to be good reads on the topic too.
For me, Facebook has it’s uses, but there is just so much waste on there. I waste time posting stuff I didn’t create and so do others. Then we make comments that spur debates. Nobody cares. They’re just wasted time.
With a blog, I can easily go back and refine what I’ve written. I take more ownership in what I post, not just liking and sharing memes to a timeline. I can ignore comments that are useless and expand on the useful. There is just so much more that can be done – even if nobody reads it but me. The thing is, when it is read, there will be something of better quality for the reader.
I’ve tried to give up Facebook before and it didn’t work. It’s kind of ingrained into our social lives now. I can limit it and own more of my own work.
I started to write a long article here about the evils of Facebook and why I left it. I found the points useless to right about because the problems Facebook causes or doesn’t is personal to everyone. The experience differs based on my different personality traits.
The number one reason I left Facebook was that it harms creativity and I’m a creative person. It does that by robbing time. I write less and create fewer photographs because I waste time discussing useless topics with no positive outcome on Facebook. Facebook is depressing too in the overall scheme of things.
All of that time and effort could be put towards my own works. Why should I sit and pump their website full of posts and create an income for them?
The positive I’m losing is the connectivity. The way I see it though, a simple search for “Mark Spearman” in Google brings up my site and people can contact me through that. If people aren’t putting that much effort into finding me, what’s the use?
So in short, I’ve left Facebook to pursue more rewarding endeavors.