I’ve been way more active on this blog lately, a result of abandoning Facebook posting about a month and half ago. I’m only direct messaging people and playing Scrabble on it these days. Got tired of the endless stream of shit in the newsfeed. Got tired of seeing SO much bad info being spread and feeling totally powerless to affect any of it. Insult added to injury when Facebook’s spiffy new idiotic “fake news” algorithms would block me from posting links to comment threads that illustrated where someone’s lame-ass meme was off base. And lest ye think I was posting links to the psychic down the street, Facebook blocked links I posted from the Washington Post & NPR (never mind how any of us might feel about either of those…. but seriously, Facebook?).
So I figured I’d move my silly posts and such back to here, and perhaps it’d spur me to return to writing the longer blog pieces on movies or TV shows or music or whatever, and it’s mostly worked. But this Oatmeal comic certainly rings true – I still have my blog linked to a Facebook author page, and I constantly get notifications (and now by email) to purchase boosts for my posts.
Um, no thanks.
I’ve yet to see Facebook as a real source of traffic for this blog. My best traffic has come from particular posts that got linked somewhere else online. And from what I can tell, they usually don’t translate into higher book sales. And that’s really the main thing I’m interested in if I’m gonna drive more traffic to this blog.
I’m hoping that all the negative vibes Facebook, Twitter, and the like have been getting will mean a return to the more indy-open field blogosphere of many years ago. Maybe people will learn to use bookmarks and subscription notifications again. And then people can write and read whatever the hell they want and evaluate for themselves.
Although…. look how stupid they are on Facebook with the confirmation-biased memes.
Fuck it all.
Face the truth: