Sunday, March 13, 2016

I'm coming back home after months in the wild...

Well, it was nice while it lasted but the Facebook experiment has ultimately failed. I'm coming back to as my formal blogging home and I'm never going to leave again. I've seen how the other side lives and, believe me, it's not in a good neighborhood. Windows are broken, streets are in disrepair, and life is hard. So, while I've given Facebook blogging a fair try, I give up on it.

Why blogging on Facebook isn't working for me

A while back, a very well known blogger said that Facebook was the place to be if you want to create and share content. That might work for someone with a name and a following but it certainly doesn't work for a small time guy like me, where Facebooks algorithms pretty much hide my posts from everyone except a very small group of friends. Many times, I'll post and even people I talk with on a regular basis don't know that I've done so. This, of course, isn't necesairly a bad thing as it's Facebook's attempt to provide their users with quality, relevant, content. But it means that my posts are seen by only a very small amount of people.

Don't get me wrong, I don't get billions of hits here either. But the dynamic is different and Blogger (the backend service that runs this blog) provides me with much more information about the people who visit this blog than Facebook does. For me, having access to that information is valuable and it's something I can't get used to not having.

More importantly, visitors to this blog are more relevant than people who read my Facebook blog. Why? Because they had to make an effort to come here. Many of them didn't just see a link shared on my timeline and clicked it. To me, intention is important and this space provides that.

Anyway, I'm rambling so I'll end this post now. Mostly, I just wanted you guys to know I've moved back home and I think I'll stay here for a while. The neighborhood is better and the people seem to be a lot friendler.