The Weekly Writing challenge- Mind the gap is about facebook: boon or scourge? Here are my thoughts.
Facebook is a new-fangled invention which I resisted for years.
Initially I avoided signing up for it and kept the addresses of my teenage children’s pages on my favourites. So I followed their travels and knew that they were still in the land of the living even when they did not email or phone me.
It was a fairly satisfactory arrangement for a number of years.
Then I became a grandparent and I was issued with an ultimatum.
“If you don’t join facebook, you won’t be able to see our photos.”
So, somewhat reluctantly, I joined.
I set my privacy settings right at the private end of the spectrum and ended up with a very small number of friends, who were either friends of my children or parents of their friends. Much later I asked a few of my own friends to be facebook friends too. I am still trying to connect with others, but having trouble identifying them when other people have similar names.
When I started blogging, I found that many writers had pages for their blogs. I already knew musicians had pages for their music. I had even liked a few. Would a facebook page help my blogs? I decided to set one up to find out. So far it has not taken off. Next week I hope a post of mine about the advantages of facebook will appear as a guest blog, following on from the A to Z Challenge for April.
I still don’t trust facebook. There are warnings most days from computer security experts about its dangers. Partly for this reason my facebook profile is only 30% complete and I do not use publicise on WordPress, preferring to select occasional posts as links and upload them manually.