When I post this blog you, my loyal subscribers, receive an email. The rest of the world may not know I exist. Friends have suggested I join Facebook to help share my experience living here and market my guide service. Therefore, I considered it.
Many people are now writing their own personal stories, adventures and other pithy observations in the world of blogging. I read some that I admire enjoy and often have felt as though I have learned a new life lesson when finished reading a select few. Eric Murtaugh, a freelance writer’s presents his observations on adventure, a well-written blog that often makes me reflect on my own writings. You may want to take a bit of time and read about his adventures; I believe you will enjoy his insights.
Imagine my surprise when his post “The day I left Facebook”, arrived in my email – perfect timing. Eric’s post and the many creative comments gave me the guts to do what I had done in the past, leave FB.
I had joined FB a few years ago, but had some concerns with their lack of privacy and resigned. Many of my friends encouraged me to rejoin to facilitate an increase of subscribers to this blog and enhance exposure to people who might want a personal guide to see what is special about Dubrovnik.
I ignored the little voice that kept repeating, you are going to regret this. A few months ago, with much trepidation I rejoined, only to find that I still have issues with the lack of privacy. Moreover, now I am not interested in many of the comments and a few are rather annoying.
My short time on FB did not garner any tourists/travelers who had the desire to experience the spirit of Dubrovnik, zip, zilch nothing. I knew it was time to walk away.
Why does anyone join Facebook? I have heard the statement it is a way to keep in touch with old friends and make new ones. Hmm, do I really want to take the time from my life to keep up with 50+ friends? No, I do not have the time or the inclination and I doubt that I have 50 old friends at this time in my life. Skype is my personal preference to keep in touch with my friends and family. It is easy to use and less intrusive.
My computer was giving me some problems. It was time to clean out history, which I did early one Sunday morning. That task also cleared my cookies and I found I could no longer sign into FB. During the initial sign up for FB I had given my cell number as a contact number. No problem, that is until the move to Cavtat when I found no cell reception here due to the very large granite mountain located next to my new apartment. This problem has resulted in not being able to obtain the “secret” code number, which FB would forward as an SMS to my cell. Moreover, with no reception, I am unable to insert the secret code and sign in. After a week of no FB, I noticed I did not have any withdrawal symptoms and I certainly did not miss much of the chatter. It is an omen!
Now it becomes interesting. Seems that I need to change my password, but unable to sign in since I cannot receive the secret code. No secret code, cannot sign in and this means that I cannot close my FB account either. FB is holding me hostage, help…
Do not help! It is fine this way. By the way, I am now investigating google +.