I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Thursday, January 5, 2017

On reducing my social media presence

One of my 2017 goals is to continue to reduce my social media presence.

I've been working on this for a year, actually. I ditched the Gulf Coast Studio username. I was getting questions about my art, which is no longer for sale or commission due to disability, so I got rid of the handle on Instagram, Twitter, and Etsy. My Pinterest still exists, but it is abandoned. I'm still on Twitter, now back on my old username, but you most likely don't want to be there. I am a human rights advocate and I will not back down. I've blocked a lot of people, and a lot of people have blocked me. I'm not only good with that, I'm better for it.

I didn't mean to confuse LJ readers. I honestly didn't realize you were still there. I wiped out the old account...everybody's gone. I'll use it only to review my content for memoir writing. The newer account is still up, but I rarely post anything and it's usually a rant when I do, but thanks to my whole five readers for being there anyhow. I don't intend to add anyone else.

Tumblr is dead, pretty much. I never advertised it to begin with, so no big deal.

My Fitness Pal is still alive, but quiet. Username is ugottafriend.

My Google+ is as dormant as ever. You might as well email me.

My food and art blogs are eventually going to be revived, but I have no plans at this time to work on them. My priorities are elsewhere.

Facebook is under renovation. My settings have been pretty tight since late October, and that hasn't changed (and might not ever). Write me if you have a solvable problem. Disclaimer: I loathe and ignore chain forwards. Always have, always will. I hate being added to conversations and groups without my consent. Also, I don't like to friend people I don't know in person, but I sometimes consider friends of friends. I'm more than happy to converse with anyone who's following, and I will follow back if you want me to. That's the whole point of Facebook, in my opinion. If this wasn't obvious, I am single but NOT interested in anything but platonic friendship. That has been the case since my divorce, years before I joined Facebook, and I have never budged. I've gotten messages and emails, and I try to be kind and civil, but I have a line to be crossed and I have blocked many, many people for crossing it. To put it bluntly, I'm too sick and tired for that crap. I treasure my friends, though, and I mean that sincerely.

Ugottafriend.com will remain in some form...hopefully like this. However, if something happens to Blogger or to my domain name, I will be blogging somewhere, somehow. Simply Google me if that occurs, but I don't plan to leave this blog anytime soon. This is only for future reference, if applicable.

Thanks for being here and being my friend. You're awesome.