I deleted my Facebook page for my blog today. The reason for this step is very simple - There has not been enough engagement on the blog’s Facebook page for a while now to justify keeping it. It has always been my aim to get a dialogue between interested individuals going when using Social Media. But the Facebook journey the past few years has not been enjoyable. In the past months the blog’s Facebook page always seemed to be a place to post my blog updates but nothing more. That is why I decided to close the Facebook page. The final deletion is in 14 days. After that I will not be present on Facebook as a blogger anymore.
Are Facebook pages useful for bloggers?
Personally I have always been struggling with the usefulness of Facebook pages for bloggers. Twitter and even LinkedIn have proven a lot more useful over the past years when you look at online engagement with my readers and RSS feed subscribers.
And it seems that I am not alone with this experience. When I asked you several weeks ago what your most popular Social Media channel for Sustainability topics was, Facebook was not mentioned once despite being on the list of possibilities to choose from.
Facebook is changing and I am not whether this is all positive
I still get what Facebook is about. But Facebook is changing and I am not sure whether I like it or not. Facebook is about connecting with you friends and share fun updates. But I feel that it is necessary to be on Facebook these days. If you are not, you will miss out on what your friends are doing. You do not belong to the crowd somehow.
As a private member, I will stick with the service for now but I am not sure whether this will still be the case in a few months time if Facebook continues to introduce features that do not appeal to me anymore.
If I want to connect to my friends I either pick up the phone and call them or write an email to say “Hello”. And if we are really honest, this is what makes friendships real. Even with all these Social Media possibilities these days.
Friendship is not about liking a status on Facebook, it is about being there for your friends when the really need you.
Sorry Facebook, but as a blogger I do not need you anymore!
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