Thanks to all of you who commented on my last post and offered encouragement and kind words. It’s very nice to be back in this space and to [re-]connect with both “current” and “old” friends.
After that last episode with Facebook, I have been evaluating the way in which to proceed with my Iceland updates. As many of you know, after I “closed up shop” in this space in 2010 I kept updating on the Facebook page, and since I
cannot stop ranti clearly have this unstoppable need to share what’s happening in Iceland – especially on the social and political front – that page, over time, kind of morphed into a blog.
I cannot say I have been entirely satisfied with the experience – particularly after Facebook started offering “sponsored posts” and limiting the exposure of what you write unless you’re willing to pay for it. And, of course, that episode last week when I was blocked from FB for no good reason put a serious damper on my enthusiasm for that medium, to say the very least.
And yet, I certainly appreciate many things about using Facebook. It has a certain ease of use that is very appealing. There is a lot of work that goes into maintaining a blog besides content creation, that a lot of people don’t realize until they’ve done it themselves. All the back-end stuff, like templates and codes and design and monitoring and updates and site arrangement and organization and on and on … and now, of course, all the mobile stuff. [In fact, this site is already hopelessly out of date when it comes to all that.] There is a reason for why so many people abandoned blogging when they did, and why it’s primarily companies and organizations who have persisted – people who can afford to have tech people on staff who deal with all that stuff. With Facebook [or, indeed, Twitter], I can stick up several updates a day, I can post pictures straight from my phone, I don’t have to think of a title for the post [which can be a real pain], I don’t have to include a photo with the post [which most bloggers now agree is 'correct form'] etcetera etcetera.
Also, since I stopped blogging here [regularly] I have taken a different path in life, I went back to school to finish my degree, and so have a lot less time to devote to this than I had previously.
BUT. The bottom line is that I’m kind of done with Facebook. I mean, I’m happy to use it to my advantage, to integrate with it, but to allow them control of my content and my forum the way I did is now out of the question. So I’m going to give this a chance. Familiarize myself with the new ways of working with WordPress [I've just downloaded an app for my phone, but in my cursory attempts to work with it to upload photos last night I quickly became frustrated], see if I can find the right tone for the site, experiment with frequency. Moreover, if I decide I want to keep going here I’ll probably have to do an overhaul of the site … but frankly, the thought of all the time that went into it before and repeating all that again feels incredibly unappealing.
All of which is to say that I hope you’ll bear with me while I try to figure out what works, and what doesn’t. And if it doesn’t, and I decide to abandon this idea altogether, that you won’t get mad.