About six years ago, my best friend, Zack, told me that MySpace wasn’t cool anymore. “You should be using Facebook.” He has always been a little more popular than me and I have usually followed his advice when it comes to trends. I moved my social life to the budding website called Facebook and proceeded to be sucked into the ultimate vortex of popularity-contest-meets-speaker’s-corner. It took me about a year to hate it.

Six months ago, I shut my Facebook account down. The same friend, Zack, had given up Facebook and convinced me that I could give up Facebook as well. It was a sort-of New Year’s Resolution. The plan was to give up Facebook for two months, from November 1st to January 1st. I gave up Facebook on November 1st but I haven’t gone back. I don’t know if I ever will.

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You might have noticed that I haven’t written a lot on my blog lately. Truthfully, since I have given up Facebook, I have not felt passionately-outraged enough to write quick opinion pieces that spark more passionate outrage. I haven’t had a lot of time for passionate outrage.

I’ve been working in my garden, reading books, and spending time with my family. I haven’t remotely missed Facebook but I have missed writing. I’ve been thinking about writing and where I want to go with my blog. This is my first step.

Here is a video of a poem I wrote and performed three years ago. It’s about Facebook.