1. Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it the right thing to do for me. So what if I am the only person in the universe who doesn’t have a facebook account? I’m sure I’ll survive.
2. I want a life. A real life. And real friends. Right now it says I have 1020 friends but how many of you will I actually invite to my wedding? Maybe 50. So why is there such a discrepancy?
3. Oh wait, Facebook does not reflect how many true friends I have because I use it purely as a social networking tool. But then there are people who DO see Facebook as an accurate reflection of how many people matter in their lives and continue to cull and weed at their lists. I don’t have time to constantly be managing all of my friends. For those of you who have unfriended me, thank you for taking YOUR time to do so.
4. I don’t care about what you ate for breakfast, how many emails you have in your inbox, what Farmville animals you have, who you are in a relationship with and then not again…if I did want to know, I would have called you to ask by now.
5. It’s called the Low-Information Diet folks. I can hardly retain any information anymore because most things I come across are absolutely useless. And Facebook status updates are
6. But I am definitely guilty as charged. I used to be SOO against Facebook in college but when I finally jumped on the bandwagon, I whored myself out, friended everyone I’ve known since I was two, and posted tons of irrelevant information through your feeds. For that, I am sorry.
7. I don’t have time to sort through everyone’s updates, links, videos, and photo albums to discover that one gem that will actually be useful/inspirational to me. If there is something that I am really missing out on because of Facebook, I am sure the people I do talk to everyday will fill me in.
8. For people that are really judgmental and get offended easily, you probably are convinced by now that I am a soulless person who has no social life and does not like people in general. Thank you for being another reason why I need to eliminate, not accumulate, in life.
9. On that note, Facebook contributes to the more is more American philosophy. Collecting friends, virtual gifts, and wall posts does not validate me as a person or attribute to my success as a living, breathing human.
10. Anyone that I need/want to get in touch with I will be able to contact you. People were able to communicate and stay in touch before the Internet, I promise.
11. I will continue my blog because it is a fun space for me to write, post pictures, make meaningful and beneficial connections with like-minded people, keep family updated, and dilly dally about being a reluctant housewife. I love that people are reading and I welcome all comments (and I will visit your blog too and put it on my daily blogroll if I like it) but my motivation now is to worry less about Google Analytics and more about developing my voice as a writer and artist.
12. For friends that want to check in on me, you can always find me here. And I am the most all-inclusive/non-standoffish person you can ever meet so email, text, call…I will respond.
13. I don’t want to worry about how to fit into 140 characters that I am eating a petit filet mignon at Mastro’s or figure out how to post a picture right away on Facebook of the rooftop swimming pool at our hotel in Vegas. I just want to really live and relish the moment.
15. I want to take away all the noise in my life that could possibly detract from a life well-lived and focus on things that actually contribute to the growth of personal and communal spirit, intellect, development, and happiness.
16. Calculated and intentional networking is KEY but having x number of Facebook friends that you can't help or provide resources for who can't do the same for you is not networking.
Like I said, the blog is still here and I love everything that has come from it so far. If you are interested in motherhood, pregnancy, man/woman relationships (which I will bring into regular discussion soon), photography, my misadventures as a wedding photographer, all that I’ve seen and learned from the corporate world during my short 2-year stint working as a minion, Photoshop how-to’s, reluctant housewife-ness, and stories straight from the heart of Los Angeles, then you know you can find my take on these things in my posts. I DO want to get to know you, but only if you really want to know me too, and I look forward to building a genuine life and community outside of logging into my Facebook account everyday.