I’ve always had mixed feelings about Facebook. I know it’s the best platform on which to share blog posts, but my problem is the nature of my blog. Much of what I write is highly personal or about my family, and people from many different areas of my life, including family members, are Facebook friends or at least know where to find me even if they are not friends. Even though I changed the spelling of my first name on Facebook, most people who want to can still find me there. You’re not allowed to create a second account (although I suppose it could be done using a second email address) or use a handle.
I guess I could set up a “page” connected with this blog, but that page would still be attached to my main account, so when I press the “share” button under a post, it gets posted to my main account, not an associated page. I don’t want family members, people I know from work or from past jobs, neighbors, and my kids’ friends reading certain of my posts. Since I do share some of my posts to Facebook, if someone REALLY wanted to read my other stuff, they could find it fairly easily by browsing through my blog, but I don’t want to call attention to those posts to people who have no business reading them.
It sucks because blog posts on Facebook always get the most shares. I’ve had some posts that were shared over 200 times by others. One post has over 1000 shares. But I have to rely on others to share my posts. I can only share the less personal ones there.
I don’t have this same problem with other social media because I don’t use my real name on those accounts and they were set up for the primary purpose of sharing blog posts. Facebook (and to some extent, LinkedIn) is a different story, because I’ve had my account there since 2008 and had no blog until 2014. I’m tempted to delete my Facebook and start over under a fake name, but then I’ll lose all my contacts. I’m not sure how to get around this issue. I don’t really like Facebook much anyway and I never have.
F*ck you, Facebook.