1. Simplicity. I’m always looking for ways to simplify my life. Disconnecting from Facebook is part of an effort toward that end. It’s easy to “connect” but is it really genuine connection? There are privacy settings, but how private are they, and when do they change?
3. Community. Spare time is precious, and I’d rather spend it building friendships in my local community than sifting through a long ream of Facebook posts. I’m not against social media, but I see it as a tool, not a replacement for relationships in real-time. For friends and family who live far away, that may be less often, but Facebook was never a replacement for real-life interaction. I’d rather spend time with friends face to face, or on the phone if in-person isn’t possible. When I think of community, I think of what people did before social media: They interacted. They went out for coffee. They talked on the phone. They sent letters, as J suggests. I was delighted by this. Which leads me to #4.
4. Authenticity. Blogging offers the ability to document events and projects that I’d like to share publicly with a greater degree of authenticity, mindfulness, and anonymity than Facebook. Besides, there are some pretty hilarious, creative, uplifting, thoughtful, random, awesome blogs out there.
5. Time. Time is precious, and I’m fully aware that people are likely too busy or otherwise involved to check out my blog. That doesn’t bother me. I suspect that folks who blog, do so as much for others as for themselves. Although creating and maintaining a blog takes time, it’s also more of an investment. For all the reasons I’ve described, it’s a trade-off I’m happy with.