Hello/Goodbye

Yes, I stole the title of this post from the name of a band.
No, I’m not sorry.

After hemming and hawing about the decision for the past few months, I have finally decided to pull the metaphorical lever and drop Facebook out of my life.  I’ll keep it around for a little while in order to convert old logins to good ‘ol fashioned username+password but I won’t be posting or sharing things to my personal account.  I’m done with that.

Why?  When I returned home from vacation (which was a short period of being “unplugged”), I realized that a large portion of my attitude and worldview was being negatively affected by the posts I saw on Facebook.  This was the final push I needed to start the separation process.

at the gulf

Took a small detour on our way to the airport to wade in the Persian Gulf.

I don’t have anything against the service per se – Facebook has served me quite well over the years and helped lead to me and my wife getting married.  But the attitudes of the people I have consistently encountered on my Timeline have worn me down to that of a bitter, old cynic.  This is a person I do not wish to be.  So, instead of walking the fine line of “unfriending” certain people while letting others stay, I find it a better option to simply cease that method of communication entirely.  Change, while not always enjoyable, is healthy and advantageous to personal growth.  The world that I saw through Zuck’s blue-and-white colored lenses was not.

I’ve settled, for purely brag-tastic reasons, on October 31st as the “shut off” date which will then mean that I can say I was a “facebooker” for 10 years.  I can’t decide how I feel about that in terms of it being “good” or “bad” so I’m settling on “interesting”.

The time has come to resurrect the 20/20 Mirror and slim down my internet presence to a more manageable size.  If you so desire, feel free to “follow” me here.  You will get a simple email update whenever something new is posted from which you can then decide if you want to read what I have to say.  You can even comment and “like” posts if you feel the urge.  I’d be much more interested in connecting with you face-to-face though so don’t hesitate to call me up sometime: we’ll get coffee at Luckman’s.

Bye, Facebook.  It’s been __________.

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