Last month, as we were going through the saga with Elise’s glaucoma surgery, I found myself feeling frustrated with Facebook. I wanted (and needed) to talk about what we were going through with my close friends & family that are far away, but I felt like I would be boring or annoying other people on Facebook. I totally understand the Facebook “lists” function and I tried to put together a list of people who I thought wouldn’t mind if I talked about the stuff that was going on. The more I tried to decide who would be on the list, the more I became annoyed with the entire idea is that I should have a place where I WANT to talk about our life & I have to worry that “friends” are going to find my updates to be tedious. So, I nuked about half my “friend” list. In my defense, I *may* have been a tad hormonal, as well as a bit emotional over the surgery deal, and I realize that I acted a little hastily. On the other hand… I don’t find myself wondering about what I’m missing.
As a person who spends most of the year apart from my family (who is spread far & wide across the country) I depend on Facebook to keep us connected. It’s a great resource for that and I’m glad to have it. It’s also a very valuable business tool, and I’m grateful for that too. I think I’ve just outgrown the idea that the number of friends I have on any social network is somehow an indicator of how connected I feel to anyone. I think, on Facebook, I’d rather have a small list of people that I love and who care about us & what happens with our family.
On another note, I’ve been toying with the idea of removing the girls from my blog entirely. The older they get, the stranger I feel about them being known by people who THEY don’t know. I’m curious what you all think about this odd facet of semi-public blogging life. Should your babies be blogged?