Facebook Killed My Blog…

…not that it’s completely dead or anything. But the amount of laptop time I permit myself per day is limited, and with the addition of Facebook to my online routine, there’s just less time for blogging. I mean, this blog should be enough of a window into my life: does it really need to be supplemented with a half-assed Facebook profile?

I think there is no true test of the effectiveness of Facebook in my life. Aside from knowing when my friends’ birthdays and BBQs are, where are the tangible results? Facebook might just be too one-dimensional for me: I choose not to invest my personality into my profile as I invest it here, in my writings. I’ve already seen the results of blogging, of putting real thoughts out there. I get asked about things I write about by strangers, which runs deeper than simply approving a someone as a friend. When I discuss blogs with people, we have a conversational springboard that’s definitely more interesting than: “I really like your band.” Talking about The Dears is fun, and I do enjoy expressing my thoughts on our music and the (sub?)culture surrounding it, but after a while it feels like I’m just doing another interview.

That said, I’m cutting back on my face time with Facebook. Yes, the honeymoon has ended quickly, my addiction abated, my curiosity satisfied. I will see through my current games of Scrabulous, but much more than that I cannot guarantee.

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4 thoughts on “Facebook Killed My Blog…

  1. I understand your feelings re: Facebook and blogging (as someone who does both). I have managed though to combine the two so that one is an extension of the other (which I can go on about if you like). I also find Facebook useful for a variety of other reasons (though I save time by turning down almost all applications – especially games and turning off the chat feature).

    One other point on (sub?)cultures: That’s all there are anymore. I don’t think there is a mainstream anymore. Look at the Neilson television ratings sometime, get out a calculator and see what percentage of Canadians watch any particular show. I use television as an example because it’s the most dominant, pervasive, nationwide form of media. 1 Million viewers is considered a huge hit and that is 1/33rd of Canadians. No more than 10% watch any particular program. So if 10% is considered a pop. culture phenomenon the mainstream is truly gone.

  2. But were Neilson ratings ever representative of a “majority?” I wonder what those numbers were like say twenty years ago, in pre-internet days? It is surprising how relative popularity is…

  3. You may be right, the mainstream may have always been a myth used by advertisers to sell us stuff ‘all your friends, neighbors and co-workers like it: they’ll think you’re a mutant if you don’t know…”

    But the important thing I think is that it’s not there now. I actually posted about it back in January with alot of number crunching

    http://www.publicbroadcasting.ca/2008/01/there-is-no-more-mainstream.html

    Personally I’m glad it’s not there – though it may become prickly in politics if we can’t get an actual majority to agree on anything.

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