If I were Facebooking or Tweeting, I would say…

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I miss Facebook. I do. I miss eavesdropping on the lives of others. Is that a bad thing to admit?

I have one Facebook friend living in Nevada. She is an avid cyclist, horseback rider, world traveler and artist. I love living vicariously through her adventures. She took me skiing one weekend. Well, I didn’t really go skiing with her, but I pretended I did. (I had a great time, too.) As I spend 40 days without Facebook, I wonder what sort of adventures I am missing with my Nevada friend.

We’ve all heard about the horrific earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan. Tsunamis also occurred along the islands of Hawaii and along the west coast of the United States. I can only imagine the chit chat that occurred on Facebook and Twitter during the initial news of the earthquake and tsunamis. My Dad lived in Japan for at least 5yrs, during the Korean war. I can’t help but wonder what sorts of conversations I would have had with my Dad about the devastation in Japan, if he were alive today. I also wonder about my friend, Bill.

Bill lives in Southern California. Like my friend in Nevada, I live vicariously through Bill and the journeys he takes aboard his boat, Sweet Amnesia. I hope the boats in the harbor where Sweet Amnesia calls home made it through the waves safely. And, I hope Sweet Amnesia is still yar.

I also miss the various ramblings posted by friends and family. Plus, I miss rattling on about my boys. After a large rainstorm earlier this week, Joe was quick to go outside and roundup some worms. He was so proud to fill his red wheelbarrow up to the rim with mud. And, he swore he had about 63 worms living in the mud. 63! If I were accessing Facebook, I would have shared a picture of Joe, standing proudly next to his mud and worm filled wheelbarrow. No doubt, my Facebook friends are saddened to miss such a moving snapshot.

I think most of all, with respect to Facebook, I miss the pictures. Though the world can live without a snapshot of my kid’s worm collection, it is nice to have a place where you can see pictures of friends and family living and enjoying life. Tonight, my sister in Texas is gathering with her kids and her friends. I’m willing to bet pictures will be taken and posted to Facebook. My niece is a week into her Appalachian Trail hike, and if she can – she’ll be posting pictures to Facebook. (Thankfully, she also has a trail journal online, which I access daily.)

I don’t mean to whine or be dramatic; I know I am giving Facebook up by choice. Still, as I continue without Facebook, I am finding pictures are what I miss the most.

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Being the political geek (though still ignorant to much of politics), I miss following the great Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) and the best Washington political correspondent Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree). If you ‘Twitter’ and you don’t follow these guys, you should. Jamie will educate you on the goings on in politics, while the Talkmaster will do his best to tick you off and make you think at the same time. Then again, maybe Boortz will just tick you off.

I miss seeing Jamie Dupree’s updates on the goings on in our Nation’s Capital. And, I miss seeing the Talkmaster’s gripes about the goings on in our Nation’s Capital.

If I were still accessing Twitter, I’d be actively tweeting the Talkmaster and Jamie Dupree. And, I send out a few random bursts of silliness, whenever inspired by life as it happens around me. For example? As I type, I am outside enjoying sunny skies and mild temperatures. The birds are singing around me, and my husband and son just set off to go fishing. (Was that over the 140 character limit?)

How about: “My son just sat next to me and said, ‘I want to watch the happy birds eating the birdseed.’ Life is great!”

And, “I love the song of the Cardinal. He seems happy. The Tufted Titmouse? I think he is cranky.”

Or, “I had a telephone interview today for a new part-time job! I think it went well!”

Followed by, “The interview DID go well! They’ve asked me for a face to face interview later this week!”

And finally, “My 6 yr old corrected me at least twice while reading him a book about bugs. He pronounces the words better than I.”

Yes, I miss Facebook and Twitter. Though I am enjoying the time offline, I still feel the urge to plug in and peek into the lives of others. Clearly, eavesdropping and stalking are hard habits to break.

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12 thoughts on “If I were Facebooking or Tweeting, I would say…

  1. Andrea HT

    I have to say that I like your little notes that you add to fb when the blog gets posted. Very clever! Your FB friends miss you too however I can do without the worm pictures. Your boys are cute and you can blast me with their pics any day of the week. Worms, not so much.

  2. You are doing great, keep it up! You’re inspiring me to not have so much “facebook” time. I have cut down quite a bit. I hear you on how hard it can be to feel like you’re missing something or “out of the loop”…especially with family. Two of my closest brothers live thousands of miles away so it’s nice to have FB to catch up, see pics of my nephews/nieces.

    • Thanks for the words of encouragement. I hope you enjoying a little more ‘free time’ with your Facebook reduction. And, as you may have learned, I hate missing posted pictures of my nieces and nephews. Facebook is a great tool for staying in touch with folks out of town. I’m glad you can ‘see’ your brothers and their kids. Thanks again for the encouragement!

      • and what’s really cool is we finally have a little camera for the computer so now my brother in Oregon and I can skype. It’s really amazing as he’s never met my daughter and now he can watch her talk or sing or dance in real time! I could give up FB if I could Skype with more of my family…

        • That is excellent! I hope ‘real time’ becomes ‘real life’ for your brother and your daughter soon! Oregon and Maine … pretty wide distance. Nice that Skype can bring you guys closer.

  3. priscilla

    I am so glad you posted this

    I gave up facebook for lent too and I thought I was totally alone in missing it so much! Its been just over a week and Im thinking I have to do this for 7 weeks?????

    Its nice to have support. Im hoping that if I give up FB, I’ll get more real connections to people (thorugh phone, being with them one on one) and maybe live my own adventures (I live through others as well)

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am glad you enjoyed the post. I hate to admit it – but I am counting down the days. Last year I gave up ice cream. Giving up FB and Twitter is proving more difficult. Keep up your good work! And, here’s to reconnecting and making new connections live and in person! What a concept, eh? (smile)

  4. annabachinsky

    This is so awesome! I have a lot of friends who have given up facebook for some time and I envy them sometimes, but I’ve managed to cut my time on it down and it’s so nice to not be so into the lives of others. But then again… part of what made it so easy was starting a blog and keeping myself busy with that 😉 I guess this may be my new addiction. Hope your facebook break went well!

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting, Anna. Welcome to the blogosphere! Like you, I believe blogging has become my newest addiction. I don’t miss Facebook as much these days, because writing has taken its place. That’s a good thing, right? 🙂

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