Goal: Give myself an Online Presence.
Course of Action: Take the Daily Challenge created by Robert Lee Brewer of Writers Digest.
Day 5: Create a Facebook Page. Problem is …
I have a secret. Four years ago I was a Facebook addict. It was about that time that I found the courage to run away from Facebook’s pervading tentacles. I cut off all contact and heaved a sigh of relief when the three month reactivation period was up. I’ve been living Facebook-free now for nearly 36 months. You can understand my trepidation then, when with tail between my legs, I crept back up to the gates of that Evil Empire. I hoped to gain entrance with just my email address and little else to connect me to that old self who had suffered daily doses of peanut butter smeared toddler photos and continuous bursts from overbearing fanatical apostles with links to dubious anti-social web sites that I didn’t wish to be associated with. But as I looked for a side entrance, the gates of this unholy empire were flung open and I was welcomed like the Prodigal Son/daughter. Warily I crossed over the drawbridge and into the malevolent courtyard. There to my amazement I saw rows of people lining my path. Even before I peered into their faces, I began to recognise them collectively as my husband’s Facebook friends, Some had been old friends of mine. Others were his work colleagues whom I’ve never met. My whole body trembled with fear. How did Facebook know who my husband was? There was no mention of my email address on his page. Then I remembered that Facebook is omnipresent. It’s aforementioned tentacles spend their days and nights creeping into all the spaces in our lives: collecting, cataloguing, connecting, creating. I am scared. I step back out into the sunlight and don some armour, then ignoring the rows of people I face up to this challenge. I will create an author page. I will not add inane daily titbits about my personal life. I will not “friend” my husband thereby thwarting Facebook’s ambition to create a joint page without my permission. But I have already added photos with metadata on them. Woops. I need to slow down and tread more carefully. I need to seek out that improbable head and shoulders shot that doesn’t make me look fat. I question how can I add friends if I don’t want to add my real friends? I decide that one day soon, I’ll send a friend request to Robert Lee Brewer. Perhaps he can make a list available of all the other Challengers, so we can “friend” each other. OK, it’s time to stop being melodramatic, I’m going to keep this page professional.
Friend me on Facebook: AllyMcCormickNZ