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Paring down social media

I deleted my Pinterest account tonight. I realized I hadn’t posted anything to any of my boards nor visited anybody else’s boards for ages. I don’t know what I was doing there, really. It seemed interesting to me at one point, but now not so much.

I also deleted my Ello account. I had opened one up hoping it would become an alternative to Facebook, but I haven’t even looked at it in ages.

What to do with Facebook? The good thing about Facebook is that it is a handy way to keep in touch with people I don’t see often but want to keep in touch with. That’s a strong selling point. I also participate some in a few Facebook groups related to clawhammer banjo and I like being connected to that community.

For a long time now I’ve been cross-posting blog posts to Facebook and to Twitter as well, and while I might get a handful of visitors some of the time by doing that, I wouldn’t say it’s driving traffic. I don’t post much on Facebook (outside of occasional videos in banjo groups). I suppose if I decide to stop cross-posting from 27th Street, I’ll be more or less invisible there to most of the people I’m connected with.

There are, however, many things about Facebook which I don’t like at all, starting with the idea that Facebook wants to curate my interests and keeps reverting back to the “Top Stories” setting, even though I keep changing it back to “Most Recent”. I’m pretty much done with Facebook memes and Facebook politics, but there is so much of that stuff it’s difficult to avoid it. For now, the ability to keep in touch with people on Facebook is a good enough reason for continuing with it.

Twitter has become less and less interesting to me. It is very handy when there is breaking news I want to keep up with, but I’m seriously considering trashing my Twitter account. I’ll think about that one for a bit.

I’ve had fun sharing photos on Instagram, but my interest has been waning there too. I may stay away from Instagram for a bit and see if I miss it.

I have 17 stories (The Lazy Allen Stories) up on a blog site, and while a few hundred readers stopped by there during the period I’ve had it up, there hasn’t been any activity at all there for a couple months. I don’t know if I should continue to share them this way or not, but I’m leaning towards taking them down sometime soon.

We’re going to continue with the Long Branch Mosaics site to showcase our mosaics. I like to be able to have photos of the mosaics readily available to show people who might be interested in having a garden mosaic made.

Then there is this place. I enjoy blogging and I’ve been at it for quite a few years. The number of folks who visit has been falling off over the past 3 years though, and there is hardly any interaction around here these days, which is discouraging. I feel a change coming on, although that’s just a feeling at this point. Something to think about.

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