I walked away from Facebook earlier this week. Surprisingly, I don’t miss it. Before I begin, this isn’t anti-Facebook rant. This is a deciding what was more important for me to be doing with the little free time have kind of rant. Facebook is a great tool for promoting work, connecting with other writers and expanding your readership. But, I am not at the point in my writing career where I should be worrying about promoting myself, when I can spend the time working on completing the projects I want to promote.
The other day, a friend asked why I still had a Twitter account even though I deactivated my Facebook account. Twitter is a drop in and drop out network for me. I can pop in, drop 140 characters about what’s on my mind and be gone before the post hits the stream. I can read tweets from the people I follow without being inundated with game requests, memes and other time sinks for which Facebook is known. I spend less time being social and more time writing.
Writing is important to me. However, I am one of those that can get easily distracted. I haven’t touched the main storyline of Skyrim because I spend my time chasing the side quests. While that in itself is enjoyable, it takes my focus from the main part of the game. Facebook takes away my focus on writing. It’s not Mark Zuckerberg’s fault, it’s my own. However, in being proactive in correcting my behavior, I decided to deactivate my account for a while. Don’t worry, I will be back denying “Answer This” quizzes and rejecting friends requests from people with whom I share nothing in common. But for now (if I can borrow from author and podcaster Mur Lafferty) I should be writing.