Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Lost Art of Keeping in Touch

Inspired by one of my best friends, I stepped back to ask myself why I’m on Facebook. 

Keep in touch with friends. 
(What ever happened to e-mail and phone calls?)

Post pictures.
(Do all 600 Facebook friends really need to see them?)

It’s fun to read and comment on photos and witty status updates.
(But wouldn’t real life connection be more fun?)

It’s just fun to see what people are up to. 
(Like stalking? So… who is stalking YOU?)

Obviously, I’m playing devil’s advocate here, but they’re still valid reflections. As I age, I’d rather have real-life connections, and in an almost maternal way, shield those relationships from unnecessary “noise.” Does this mean sacrificing contact with hundreds of “virtual” friends? Yes. Will it mean that my time is invested in truer relationships? Yes, please. I’ll take the latter. And with that, my Facebook will gradually transition into another “e-mail” account while this blog will hold updates and stories for family, both biological and chosen.

So come on, y’all! Let’s be REAL friends. Check in for updates, but let’s keep the arts of letter writing, greeting cards, e-mail, and phone calls alive!


Kerrie Williams said...

great reason for starting a blog! You're so right. And isn't it strange how even with a few hundred followers, there is more connection than on facebook?

Lea Stone said...

I found your blog through Kerrie's link up! Hello!

Anonymous said...

Agreed! Great reason for blogging indeed :)

Allison said...

I have wanted to close my facebook account for all of the above reasons...I keep it because it's "convenient for posting/sharing pictures." Blogging is so much more personal. I look forward to following!