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I’m going to quit Facebook.

September 9, 2012

I am seriously considering killing my Facebook profile. I wrote an awesome post about why Facebook sucks last week. In addition to those reasons, every time I log in to Facebook I get depressed.

I can’t stop seeking unreciprocated revalidation from my so-called “friends.” Whenever I create a hilarious post on RAEZYN, I post the link to my Facebook page, expecting to receive ‘Likes’ and “ha ha, this is funny!” commentary. Consistently, days go by and at best I’ll receive one or two ‘Likes’ and maybe one comment.

I have over 300 Facebook friends. Are you telling me that two people out of 300 actually liked what I wrote?

While conducting research for my “Top Ten Reasons…” post I found several articles that describe the negative effect that Facebook has on your health & self-esteem. My Facebook friends are ridiculously self-centered and it bothers me. With all of the attention floating around on Facebook, there isn’t any available for me.

This was the last straw:

On Friday afternoon, I posted this status update, along with a link to the Kindle Author website:

Kindle Author : Reading :: Funny or Crazy? : Laughing
Get it??? Anyone? Anyone? …Bueller?

I found this post awesome for the following reasons:

1. I made a good recommendation,

2. I shamelessly plugged my own blog,

3. I used an SAT Analogy question format,

4. And I referenced one of the greatest films of the 80’s

5. All in one short & sweet update

6. On a Friday afternoon.

Now here it is Sunday, two days later, and no one has liked or commented on it. 300 friends, 0 friends amused.

Why do I even bother?

I was initially inspired to write “Top Ten Reasons…” to passive-aggressively tell my Facebook friends that they were annoying and should stop sucking at life. Then I realized that since everyone has blocked me from their newsfeed, they probably wouldn’t get the message anyway.

So the best solution is probably just to abandon Facebook altogether.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Dreday315 permalink
    September 9, 2012 6:21 pm

    Dude you are right people on Facebook suck! They don’t take the time to read. Like you mentioned people are using the stupid pictures with a dumb phase at the bottom. Keep fighting Raezyn maybe you will convince some people to read things with more substance.

  2. Dreday315 permalink
    September 9, 2012 6:24 pm

    Give me 50 million and Imma quit! Kanye reference sorry. Quit the shit because time line is dumb and the original concept of facebook has been abandoned!

    • Dreday315 permalink
      September 9, 2012 6:25 pm

      Love your picture! You are such a cutie Raezyn;)

  3. September 22, 2012 3:18 pm

    Social media can be fun, but it can also be frustrating. I spend a fair amount of time thinking about it at work, so a couple of questions/considerations for you:

    Why do you blog and what do you aspire for your blogging? Do you just want to write and not care whether people read or respond? Do you want to get your name out there and have people recognize you as a blogger/comedian? Do you want to engage people in conversations about the topics that interest you? You’ll probably want to take different actions depending on your primary objective. For example, if you are more concerned about exposure, you’ll want to get your blog links out to a lot of different places (search results; blog directories; syndicate via other social channels like Twitter, Facebook, etc.). On the other hand, if you’re more concerned about conversations, you might go on other people’s blogs and forums on similar topics — spending more time reading and responding to a smaller group of people.

    Do you really want 2 blogs? I heard someone recently talking about bringing things together rather than segmenting out; he said “The bigger the planet, the greater the gravitational force.” The idea is that you can focus on growing an audience to one online space rather than potentially splitting your fans. Though if the blogs cater to very different audiences, that can be a good reason to maintain separate blogs.

    It takes time to build a follower base. If you’re committed to it, you have to keep chugging out your posts, even if you suspect almost no one is paying attention yet. Consistency (in both creating content and promoting it) will build that base over time, but it could take months and months.

    Each social media platform is different – in both the technology and the ways that people use them. For example, I don’t know all of the magic behind it, but there are fancy algorithms behind Facebook’s news feed. When you post content, it won’t show up for all of your connections. People tend to respond better to images and videos on Facebook. This contrasts with Twitter, where users prefer news and opinions, and of course everything is more text-based.

    It can be tempting to try to do everything…but there just isn’t enough time in the day. If you focus on the objectives that are important to you, you can feel like you’re making progress.

    • September 24, 2012 11:26 am

      Thank you for your comments; they’re very insightful! I’m actually not sure what my blogging goal is yet. I love to write, and I’d like to share my writing with others. Hopefully people that visit my blog will think it’s funny, or at least creative. I haven’t established a target audience for either blog. I’ll consider what you said as I nail down what my goals are. Thanks! 🙂

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