I adore the connections I've made and rekindled via Facebook. I love being able to hop on the computer and see what my friends are up to. The photos are great, glimpses into fun summertime trips, watching babies or puppies grow up, and just everyday moments. But lately Facebook has been bothering me, sort of rubbing me the wrong way. I almost feel like Facebook has become a replacement for a phone call or a letter that once arrived in my mailbox every few weeks. A couple of times in conversation lately I received the fast jump to conclusion, "didn't you see my facebook update". Most of the time I missed it. Then I start feeling like shit because I didn't realize that I missed something big in a friend's life because I missed a status update. Baby on the way, engagement, a surprise litter of kittens, a new home improvement, those things once meant reaching out in a more personal way than a blast to 500 of your closest friends.
I'm not giving up Facebook, I will reiterate it's a good thing, it's always felt that way to me. I'm just stepping back, focusing on reconnecting the way I once did for play dates, a night out, maybe a hike/walk, or a phone call to a friend that lives out of town. I'm even going to work towards my goal of mailing two letters a week, to be different and to let those in my life know I'm thinking about them.
Connecting is always good, but be forewarned I may be missing a status update. I promise, I'm always just a phone call away.