Today at noon, I'm deleting my Facebook account. The reasons are a mix of personal and ethical ones. Most of you are probably aware of the changes that the company has made to its privacy settings, and although it's possible, but not easy, to manage those settings and aggressively monitor those settings' upkeep, the trade-off is just not worth it.
Here is where the ethical blends with the personal. The fact is that I spend more time reading updates and comment threads and getting into dumb political arguments on Facebook than I do actively enjoying it. It's been wonderful to rediscover old friends, make new ones, and stay current on the events and joys and sorrows of people from every corner of the world. But these benefits provide a small portion of the time I spend checking the site. Time that used to be spent here, or on the blog where I post pictures and videos of my son.
And so, I'm hoping that as I transition to a new phase in my life, as I return to the office world, my hope is that by not having the distraction of micro-updates and micro-refreshing, I can spend more quality time here. Time to write, to post links to those things I find interesting, to return to the monthly Creekside music mixes. I loved those! Some of you loved those! They will probably come back!
It's going to take me a bit to get back into the swing of updating this site, but without the distraction of Facebook, I suspect it will be much easier.
To all of those friends, both old and new, I hope you'll add this site's RSS feed to your blog-reader of choice, or that you'll bookmark this site and stop in now and then to say hi, or that you'll start a blog of your own and share the link with me.
Until then, meet the new boss, same as the old, original boss.