“I’ll bet you think this blog is about you, don’t you? Don’t you?” ~ Carly Simon (well, almost)
I’ve often said that blogging is an extremely self-indulgent pastime, and I will stick with that remark. When I started blogging, I did not realize that apparently, reading blogs is an extremely self indulgent pastime as well because people tend to see themselves in the blogs they read. This is, I am sure, much more common when the reader has a personal relationship with the author, but truthfully, we all read things with which we can identify.
The same can be said for certain things on Facebook. Sometimes, I share a quote for no other reason than that I like the quote. I may have at one time identified with the quote in the past or perhaps now in the present, or I may feel that it applies to the situation a friend is experiencing. However, I do not live my life on Facebook. I try to keep my life in the three dimensional world whenever possible. (Unless I am bragging about my animals, then I do that wherever I can find a willing audience.) So, this provokes me to create yet another numbered list…
- Just because you can identify with a post does not mean the post is about you. If it pertains to you, I will tag you in it.
- Do not presume to know anything about me or my personal relationships based on my Facebook “friends.”
- No one ever changed their political opinions based on a Facebook post, so I am not going to post my political opinions nor am I going to comment on yours. (This is for our mutual good. I might actually like you in real life and I want to keep it that way.)
- I am not responsible for what other people post on my Facebook page, and quite often, I do not even see it, so don’t make assumptions about it and you probably shouldn’t ask me about it. If you are so interested, ask the person who posted it.
- Do not get your feelings hurt if I do not notice, like or comment on something you have posted on your Facebook page. I visit Facebook in a very cursory fashion. I might notice five or six posts on my news feed and then I move on from there. I am self centered. I don’t have time to read everything in my news feed. If I had the time, I lack the interest.
- My tolerance for Facebook drama is extremely low. I am not interested in reading it, and I am not going to get involved in commenting on it. People who create drama on Facebook must have very uninteresting sex lives, and that’s about all I am going to say about that.
- I do not do Facebook chain mail. I might like your post, but I am not going to share it on my page, change my status or post it for others.
- If you’re sick of seeing pictures of my dogs and horses, look away or un-friend me. They are an endless source of delight and interest to me.
- Do not cyber stalk me and try to “catch” me on line. I will answer whatever missive you have when I have the time and the inclination to do so.
- DO NOT INVITE ME TO PLAY OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY GAMES!
- Do not send me friend requests if we do not know each other unless we have dogs or horses in common.
- Do not send me private messages requesting dates or naked photos of me. Really.
- Have a great day in cyber space and at least give some thought to stepping away from your electronic device and moving about in three dimensions.