Unless you reside under a rock, you’ve heard the “Facebook” conversation that has permeated both social and main stream media for the past several weeks. Interestingly the conversation was even extended to the “Women’s Group Bible Study” at our local church. Last Wednesday evening the Pastor himself (a rare occurrence in my understanding) addressed the group—presenting a four-page dialog itemizing the problems and pitfalls facing social media users, Facebook most especially. As he closed his presentation, I scrawled
“delete Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts — reconsider keeping the blog, too.”
across the top of page four!
If you’ve followed the Contentment Cottage Page on Facebook, or read my Blog for any length of time, you’ll remember that I go through the “fight or flight” debate about once a year. It usually happens just before the bill arrives for my annual hosting program and domain name renewals. But… But, this morning ‘The Page’ reached 3,600 likes, 98% of them by word of mouth (shares). I’ve only succumbed to the “promote your page” temptation once, very early on. After that, my frugal nature got the better of my need for validation, and I determined to accept the likes and comments as they come—without buying them.
Now, Facebook is under fire for inappropriate behavior.
Rumors persistently swirl around the perceived or imagined prejudice against any ‘Christian’ content.
Only 10%, or less, of the people who have liked the page ever see the posts in their News Feed, unless they have consistently “liked 👍” or commented on the posts.
Plus, it seems everything is about the $$ bottom-line $$ profit with this company.
So why keep posting?
Because I enjoy posting.
Because I believe my Inspirational Christian posts and Bible quotes offer a tiny bit of hope to an ever darkening world.
Because there are a goodly number of women, from around the globe, who enjoy reading my posts, affirming them with 👍 [likes] and ❤ [loves] and shares.
Because I understand the problems and the pitfalls of social media use, and I’m mature enough to monitor my usage in a responsible manner. And…
Because I truly believe most of the “Facebook” conversation/controversy is simply a “tempest in a teapot” anyway.
So there you have it friends. I hope you’ll keep reading the posts, passing along the ones that speak hope and encouragement to you.