Yes it’s been months since my last post. Since then I completed my first novel, traveled throughout the south of France with my amazing husband, joined a children’s writing critique group (we are called The Children’s Writing Collective), and I finally joined Facebook. Of all those accomplishments, joining Facebook has been the most challenging. I’m sure there’s a book out there called Facebook for Dummies, but I need something even more basic. I need immediate help.
Why is my inbox inundated with requests to be my friend? I know most of these people, I love most of these people, and I certainly don’t want to offend anyone. But here’s my dilemma: Will accepting their Facebook friendship morph into more demands on my time? Okay I know I’m retired, but I don’t want to spend hours of my day on Facebook.
What if I just leave my Facebook page dormant-no postings, no pictures, no responses? Is that acceptable practice? What am I supposed to be sharing? (OMG-just got another text from someone who wants to be my friend. Don’t want to break his heart but. . . I may have to at the very least hurt his feelings.) So I guess this is actually an existential problem: Why did I join Facebook? What’s the purpose? I joined as a requirement of my new Children’s Writing Collective group. I expect there will be benefits. But really, do I have to bare my soul? Isn’t writing a blog enough? Does the whole wide world need to know that I am off to my Barre class now and that it’s raining in Connecticut and I had Shredded Wheat for breakfast-with a sliced banana?