Occasionally I will be strong and start writing first and not log into Facebook. All too often that doesn’t happen. One time I vowed to go Facebook-free for a week. I struggled. I needed my fix. Yet when I returned and scrolled through the page, saw what posts people had made I realised that I had missed absolutely nothing. Great, I thought, I don’t really need this. But I was soon back there.
I don’t have a separate writer’s account on Facebook. I don’t feel I warrant it yet. If I had a book coming out maybe. It does mean that my friends get some posts that probably are very uninteresting to them. I have few ‘writer’ friends and I try not to overload my posts with writerly things.
So, I wonder where I stand with Facebook. Yes, I’m often distracted by it, sometimes I get angry with it. What I have done in the last few days is post less. I still read things but I am less active. I don’t think I could delete my page. Writer’s need social media – it’s the thing we are all told to do.....to get out there, and one day maybe I will have a proper writer’s Facebook page. Until then I mix and match and will try to monitor my use of Facebook and not get drawn in by the pings and the need to constantly respond. How do you cope with Facebook? Have you tried abstaining from it for a while? How did you find that?