About a week ago, I deleted my Facebook account.
I didn’t deactivate it. I deleted it. (The decision came after report Facebook was sharing contents of users’ private messages with outside companies — a privacy breach too far fo me.) Which means, in a few weeks, I’ll forever lose access to a dozen years of posts, comments, photos and — most importantly — my sole means of contact to many friends and acquaintances.
I haven’t missed it much. In fact, I’ve finished two novels that I’ve been reading forever, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence. It’s not just that Facebook filled in the corners of my free time; I’d fallen into a spiral where it was easy for me to jump between Facebook and Twitter for an entire evening, screwing around for no good reason. My brain couldn’t slow down enough for a novel.
The problem, of course, is that I still have a blog — hi everyone! — to promote, as well a various other things I write. Facebook can be helpful with promoting and distribution of written ideas and opinion.
So, a question for you: How can we develop a 606 community without necessarily being reliant on Facebook for distribution?
Mennonites, in my experience, are all about developing sustainable paths. The same should be true of our online lives, as well.