Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb! - in the veg garden today...
Facebook 'Pages' sure are clever stuff; as soon as you create one, Facebook generously and helpfully offers all sorts of feedback statistics, telling me how many people have looked at my page, how my latest post is performing, how many days it has been since my readers have heard from me.
All extremely useful information, but rather than finding it helpful, I have, I must admit, found it stressful and anxiety-making. I used to write a blog post when I felt I had something of interest to say; Facebook now continually reminds me that I am not 'performing' as well as I was yesterday, or last week - or the month before. That (it feels to me) I am in some way letting people down by not pumping more and more out onto 'The Page'
I feel as if I am being assessed and tested all the time (which I think is wrong in our school system nowadays - so why would I want it for myself?), so after a period of experimentation, I'm deciding to go back to mostly posting simple blog posts. Not so many people will see them (that's OK) but they will be there to be read as a constant thread - a mini biography of my life and thoughts, if you will, rather than 'Page Posts' which I feel bound to create in order to keep my 'performance record' looking good, but which disappear, trivialised, - like most of the things we post to Facebook - without a second thought or remembering. it just is not my style.
Don't get me wrong - I love Facebook for all the very genuine good it has brought into my life - community with those who hold similar views (and sometimes very different views - I value those friends just as much if their (and my own) minds can stay open); beautiful images, websites, conversations; but I do not want to have to run, daily, to keep up with myself and my 'performance'. I'll still use my Facebook page to notify readers of blog posts - but for now, it’s back to 'The Old Ways' - of blogging - for me. I'll give the occasional 'wave' - in my own good time - on my FB 'Page' - and yes, I will write a blog post more often!
One of our two resident cock Pheasants, retiring after taking 'tea'