Every now and then I wonder why I spend so much time on Facebook and no time blogging. This morning I realized that my last post on Big Bald Guy was in February 2012!
Christine and I were discussing how we use Facebook and whether or not it’s an effective way to record and share life’s events. While we both think Facebook is a pretty good place to see photos from our family and friends, it’s also a huge waste of time where you have to sift through so much stuff to find an occasional gem. Reading the deluge of material that flows by in the Newsfeed can be quite the waste of time. I also find that most of my posts generate very little discussion, which I take to mean that they aren’t very relevant to the majority of my Facebook friends.
There’s also the fact that by using Facebook exclusively for sharing we’re trusting our memories to a service over which we have no control. With a self-hosted blog you have full control as you own all the content and can move it to any number of hosting providers as the years march on. More and more it seems as though if I’m going to be spending time sharing something that’s important to me, I want to do it within an environment that is going to stand the test of time.
After pondering the situation, I’ve decided to resurrect my blog and spend less time on Facebook. I’ll still post a link to my blog posts on Facebook, but friends will now have to follow that link to read it on Big Bald Guy (or subscribe to get my new posts in your email). My goal is to keep a much more permanent and richer journal of various life events rather than to post quick thoughts that get swept away in the rushing torrent of the Facebook newsfeed. Somehow having a blog just seems more permanent and provides a more meaningful platform for sharing one’s life experiences and insights.
By getting back to blogging I’m sure I’ll also share more photos and videos than I do on Facebook. The blog simply provides a better platform to view these images. Take look at some of my previous posts on Big Bald Guy to see what I mean. While many people will care less about my posts, they’ll be meaningful to me and I’ll have them to go back to when I’m feeling like looking back on my life. I so enjoyed looking at the photos of our trip to the Philippines and those other times our grandkids visited us or we visited them. There’s just something about a blog for reminiscing…it’s much more satisfying than scrolling back in time on my Facebook feed.
I also think I’ll begin posting my blog links to Google Plus. Unlike Facebook, Google Plus seems to unite people with common interests much better than Facebook does. Perhaps the ramblings on my blog will find a larger audience there than they do on Facebook. If not, no worries. I’m really writing for myself and not to win a popularity contest.
So here we go! I’ll be sharing thoughts on a variety of things here. Surely there will be posts on Catholicism and technology, as well as lots of photos and video to document significant events. Unlike this tome, most posts will be short and sweet, often linking to another blog that says so well what I believe to be true. I’m also planning to start using Twitter again, which will be an even easier way for me to quickly share others’ posts and topics of interest. You’ll notice my Twitter feed in the right column of this blog.
If this goes well, there just may be another podcast in my future too! Stay tuned….