Or… Meta as they call it these days. NOT entirely gone but I’m talking about my personal FB account.
I have thought and prayed about this since leaving Twitter quite some time ago.
My time interacting with/running errands for my immediate family has become far more intense over the past year. That’s excellent and prioritizes much for me.
I’ve quit building cigarbox guitars but on very, very rare occasions just for myself to work out an idea and then to give many of those away. No pressure, a bit of therapy 🙂
Between family, personal study which I do a LOT of daily, song writing, recording and concerts, my focus of chaplaincy and concert visits to Cook County Jail and various prisons in Illinois and far beyond as well as bikers and other mostly blues-based music and/or speaking events my calendar is pretty full indeed!
Past and present online interviews, Zoom gatherings are stacked rather high.
Then there are writing projects I’ve slooooowly been working on and would like to finish… and several are of the sort that a not-the-greatest writer like me will require a huge portion of time and effort.
You can still connect via Glenn Kaiser Solo and Glenn Kaiser Band Facebook. From time to time I pop in to GK Solo and rarely also into the GKB site both of which Grrr Records help admin..
So- imagine if you have literally thousands of followers, gracious good-hearted folks many of whom contact you plus via Messenger – and this is only one of more than a handful of social media sites you’re on.
Add to that the intense polarization in so many areas -for me as expected as it is wearing and largely a massive consumption of time. I have so many positive things to do and people to serve in other ways.
Four very different people who I don’t think even know each other and whom I very much respect recently jump-started my thinking on all this. More on that further down the page…
Stewardship of my time and life (which I’ve written about here in my blogS) plus all the many OTHER social media and online sites I continue to work in including mainly the one you’re now reading keep me quite busy. One guy can only do so much!
Their use of algorithms along w. increasing spam, adds and a zillion folks wanting “befriending” when I have no idea who they are have soured the experience. The way FB does/doesn’t send our posts up where it seems rather unclear who sees and/or does not see what I publish. But no kidding- literally thousands of folks asking to be my friend on the platform, then I feel rather beholden to give and take in discussions. I mean, I get loads of spam and nonsense even via dm’s! It’s just too much to admin..
I quit Twitter many months ago though I frankly loved the platform/format more than others and used it happily for years. I found myself being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people, work, having to decide who to reply to and the time it takes to do so adequately. My online presence is so wide and broad I find myself overloaded which of course is on me- so time to make a change.
Weeks, then months after leaving Twitter I realized how freeing it was and that I didn’t miss it at all. Hmmmm?
True friends already know how to reach me.
Via http://www.gkaiser.wordpress.com anyone can find a load of my other WP sites one which focuses on the wider arts, another on worship and other WP based sites I also have up including e-books and more. I add to these off and on.
On this (my main site you’re viewing this on) it’s simple enough to use the search bar for years of my thoughts on a wide range of topics, God help you! I add three or four pieces per week on average not counting all the other sites, two podcast sites and more. Another social media spot I use is Instagram.
About two of the folks who prompted this:
One is dealing with cancer, up in years and expects to be in the literal presence of Jesus soon. I want to use whatever time I have wisely.
The other I admit surprised me in that they decided to close out their personal Facebook account for some of the reasons I’ve listed here, but in their case “mental and emotional well-being” was highlighted. So they decided to not merely take a break from the platform but considering the sheer burden and time consumption of it decided to stop entirely.
Those two folks caused me to take stock of all I’ve just said here. So…
It’s quite simple if you want to keep up with my shows/speaking, writing and all, it’s here at http://www.gkaiser.wordpress.com. Shows are also posted at GrrrRecords.Com
Further, anyone can write me via this site which for years has served as my main personal website as any public event -online or in person- which I do is always listed here. I cannot promise to reply to each person but try to keep up as I’m able.
Same is largely true of all the other social media and online links to them which you can find if you scroll down and look to the right side of the screen here.
Thanks for listening 🙂 I wish you the love and grace of Jesus in your choices and pursuits!
As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn