I'll never forget a conversation I had a few years back with my then fabulous Managing Editor Jennafer Martin. I told her, "I don't get Facebook at all! Isn't that just something people use on the PC?" And she told me, "Cathy, you seriously need to get on Facebook now. You're completely missing out."
And so I did.
Over the past few years, I've seen the power of Facebook. I've also seen the time suck that it can be (oh, but it's a good kind of time suck!), and I love how it has let me connect to friends, family, blog readers and students.
However, my personal Facebook page has over 4,750 friends but I only know about 150 of them. As Facebook makes more changes to its format (I'm apparently one of the testees to get a new look and feel) it has removed my ability to create custom news feeds that let me keep track of my friends and family.
I have two Facebook pages, but I'm going to be shifting my present posting to my public page which can be found by clicking here. The best thing about the public page? There is no limit to the number of friends. On my personal page, the limit is 5,000, and I've got about 1,700 pending friend requests that I haven't added due to these limits. I want to include the these people as part of my Facebook community and the only way to open it up is to take advantage of my public page.
I want a way to continue to connect with my blog readers, students and former students, and people from the online scrapbooking community, but I also want to be able to keep track of my family and friends via my personal Facebook page.
I'm going to be paring down my list on my personal page to include family, friends and people I have online relationships with. This is not to cut anyone out of the action with ill intent. This is only to have my personal page be a page that truly reflects people I know and have relationships with. I will be posting to my public page beginning this week with much more regularity. It won't simply be a page where I post when one of my new templates goes on sale. I'll still let you know the same kinds of things I've been posting to my personal page. You know, the good stuff like: I have a headache, or, Cathy Zielske just ran like a mother yet again, or Mother Nature is knocking and I don't want to let her and her cramps in, or, I just ate my feelings in Goldfish.
Also, keep in mind that this blog is another way to connect with me. I read each and every comment posted, and try to reply to as many as possible.
I just wanted people to know if I stop showing up in their feeds, it's not that I don't like you anymore. It's just that I don't know you personally and my Mom keeps asking me why I'm not commenting about what she's posting.
Please come and join me at my public page to keep up with my always entertaining but often inane Facebook chatter: Cathy's Public Facebook page.