CC-licensed photo by Kaptain Kobold.
In the last decade, I’ve gone through several blogging spurts. Lately, it’s been the rare day that I write something meaningful, though it’s certainly been easy enough to share silly photos that I take. I should be doing more, especially if I’m going to convince my colleagues to write blog posts to share what they’re doing.
I’ve been looking over my sharing in the last couple of months, and it’s really taken a nosedive. Even my Twitter use, which was never prodigious but was at least voluminous, has tailed off. But my Facebook sharing has gone through the roof. Why? The answer is pretty simple.
I’ve given in to the temptation of the Like button. Why risk sharing with no specific audience when I can share with the group of (mostly) like-minded people that make up my list of Facebook friends? I’ve traded carefully-written blog posts and the comments I always wished came with them for links to articles that get easy Likes or quick comments. It’s so much easier that way.
Through the two-week winter break I have, I’m going to go back over my timeline and blog the best of what I’ve shared. Hopefully it will get me back into the habit of blogging and more thoughtful sharing, but also get me to target who I share with which group. Photos of the kids? That should probably be kept on Facebook — who, by the way, I think have *killed* it with the design of the timeline, making the profile page as good of a blog as you’ll ever see. Good articles will hopefully inspire a thoughtful blog post and continuing dialogue.
Time to get busy. Because I care.