Sunday, March 24, 2013

A New Blogging Beginning

I am sure that my former regular readers have moved on to more active blogs.  Yet I feel the need to begin again.  After spending 3 years or so on Facebook, I'm rethinking my participation.  We had a bad Facebook experience over Spring Break.  Someone used a photo that I had taken and printed it and was using it to slander our family.  This particular photo was of my husband, who was sitting on our back porch smoking a pipe and drinking a beer after mowing the lawn.  It is a photo of a happy, relaxed and contented man.  I have been angry and disappointed at this turn of events.  My first course of action was to deactivate my Facebook account.  My husband then came across a wonderful essay on privacy in the older generation.  At first, I was all in agreement with this essay with righteous indignation about how our privacy had been taken advantage of.  But then after some reflection, I'm beginning to believe that I am also somewhat to blame.  Why should I share every detail of our lives so quickly and easily with people?  Do they really have a need to know these details?  I'm just not sure.  I like being able to connect with family and old friends around the country.  I like peering into their Facebook pages and seeing their families and interests.  I makes me feel connected to people with whom I otherwise wouldn't be connected.  But did I miss this interaction before Facebook?  No, I didn't.  I emailed or snail mailed photos to family out of town, called, and wrote letters.  Should that type of interaction with a smaller number of people be sufficient?  This is what I'm trying to decide.  I am thinking that I will stay off of Facebook at least until summer.  Then perhaps rejoin with a slimmed down friends list.  In the meantime, I will try to do a weekly blog post, in which I will recount fun things or thoughts that have breezed through my mind and life over the past week.  I welcome and appreciate your thoughts and comments.  The more the merrier :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a frustrating experience.

I understand the questioning. There is always risk involved with being real-- and being real online can allow access to all kinds of people.

I once shared something I was praying about and it was printed off (in part) and added to a list of reasons why my family (I'm a pastor's daughter) was not fit for ministry.

Painful, to be sure.

My husband and I lived in Haiti and there was one day that someone cut through our screen and stole my bottle of dish soap. Such a small insignificant thing, but it was so difficult to overcome. I was violated somehow. The feeling was very much the same when this person slandered the family...

May the Lord give you grace and humbleness and heal up the sense of betrayal that this experience brought.