Why I’m Giving Up 7,700+ Facebook “Likes”

Goodbye Facebook

I know. Most of you probably think I’m crazy. As a blogger, haven’t I been working my tail off to get those likes?! What could possibly be more important than a Facebook page with nearly 8,000 people following me? So very many things. I could list out hundreds of things that are more important.

More time with God, studying His word, praying, living out what I learn.

Less time with my face glued to this screen and more time with it smiling at my sweet little girls.

Having more time with my hubby in the evenings and on the weekends, rather than catching up on all the things I had to put off while I was managing Facebook.

Having more experiment/explore/hands-on learning time with my curious little homeschooling six-year-old.

A house that is tidier and more inviting, instead of one that just has the bare minimum done, both for my family and for friends I’ve been wanting to have over.

Speaking of friends, living life together with the sweet in-real-life friends we have made can happen more, too.

Picking up a book to read (one of my favorite things to do!) when I have a few minutes, rather than sitting down to manage Facebook.

Interacting with my sweet readers through email, rather than handling the rude trolls who frequent Facebook.

Actually spending time blogging, instead of naively posting on Facebook, hoping that more than 2% to 5% of you see it in your newsfeed.

Time to do all those fun projects I’ve been wanting to do (sew new curtains, plant the garlic, renovate the chicken coop, etc.) that I haven’t had time to do.

And, of course, running our Real Traditions online store. Making magnesium lotion, herbal healing salves, lotion bars, herbal bath salts and all the other goodies we’ll be adding takes a lot of time. It’s something that our family loves and it blesses so many people. I’ll also be posting about natural remedies and traditional living topics through the store newsletter, rather than on this blog.

Sweet readers, I truly could go on forever, but the truth its…. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of misusing the time God gave me to do Facebook because that’s what a blogger is supposed to do. I’m tired of competing for your Facebook time, comments, likes and attention. There are tons of other fantastic bloggers out there who have lovely Facebook communities and they are at a season in their lives when they have the time to manage it. My season for that is over. Yes, my pageviews may go down a bit. The number of people who visit my blog might plummet. That’s okay. I am trusting that if I wrote something that somebody needs to read, God can get them here by a route other than Facebook. He can handle it!

I know that talk about anybody limiting their Facebook time or leaving Facebook altogether can elicit some very strong reactions. Please don’t be mad at me. I’m not judging you or how you spend your time. Truly, I actually had the time to spend on Facebook a few years ago and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve had fellow bloggers get instantly defensive, friends and acquaintances think that I’m wasting all those “likes” but you know what? My family is thrilled. I believe that my decision is pleasing God. Those are the things that matter.

I do want to encourage you to honestly take your screen time before God, too, especially if you feel defensive about this post. That’s usually a good sign that God wants your attention and has something better for you! πŸ˜‰

Where does that leave us? How about right here on my blog, if you like what I write. You can sign up for emails from here, if you want parenting, faith, family and related posts. If your favorite things here are the natural remedies, tutorials and natural living posts, sign up for our newsletter over at Real Traditions. How about following on my Pinterest page, if you enjoy the posts I share from other bloggers? I may even set up an Instagram account when we get our new smartphones in a month or two!

I want you to know that I appreciate all of you very much and I hope to keep seeing your lovely faces and familiar names on these other options. You can always email me with questions and your thoughts- I love hearing from you!

The Creative Christian Mama Facebook page will be shutting down on November 1st!

 

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32 thoughts on “Why I’m Giving Up 7,700+ Facebook “Likes”

  1. Heidi says:

    Bless you! I gave up face book several years ago and I have to admit i did miss it at first but I have not been sorry. I think that we mamas can spend so much time there and miss out on the best. It is so much more important that we look in the eyes of our children rather than at a screen that takes up more time than it should. So often I hear mama say they don’t have enough time in a day to do all they want to. I wonder how often we are doing things that are not on God’s list for us that day! your children will be blessed by your decision!

    • That’s wonderful, Heidi! I am sure I’ll miss it at times, too, but I also don’t think I’ll ever be sorry. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. πŸ™‚

  2. Lauri P says:

    Praise the Lord! Finally, more moms need to wake up and see their families need them!! I am so proud of you. I only do email for that reason, I do not have time to sit on Facebook. The devil figured out how to use that platform very well and sucked too many people in.

    • Sadly, I think that many bloggers and business owners feel like they will fail if they don’t use Facebook. For over three years I have spent almost no time on my personal FB page- it’s almost all been trying to promote my blog and store. I got to the point of realizing that if I work hard on my blog and store and they fail because I don’t have a FB page for them… that’s okay! God can make them succeed if that’s what He wants me doing. πŸ˜‰ Thank you for such sweet encouragement, Lauri!

  3. I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate and respect this decision. I won’t go into all of my very strong opinions on this subject, but let me just say a huge “AMEN” to every reason you listed. Your spiritual life and family times will be SO enhanced and enriched by this decision. You couldn’t done anything any more beneficial or right! God bless you for following His lead and taking a stand for what He has shown you to do. It really doesn’t matter who or who does not approve. Who are they anyway? When it becomes about how popular we are with the masses, something is very wrong with that picture. What matters is HIS approval and the approval of those in our lives who matter most.

    • Exactly! The idea of having a blog *without* a FB page never even occurred to me until recently. Once it crossed my mind, I knew that was what I needed to do. My blog FB page has sucked away hours and hours that I am sure God would have rather had me doing something else (almost ANYTHING else?). Thank you so much for taking the time to encourage me, Cheryl! I’ve gotten to where I am not motivated by being popular with the masses, but I sure do love hearing encouragement from godly ladies like you! πŸ™‚

  4. Kat says:

    Way to go! God has been dealing with me on my wasted facebook time. With family spread all over the country, it is a very convenient way to keep them up to date, however lately, it seems I’ve spent more time there than just keeping in touch with out of town family.

    It is time to get real and get plugged in offline! I will be visiting your blog page as I find the posts very uplifting and helpful!

    • “Get plugged in offline.” I LOVE that! I have a lot of family and friends who are all over the country, so I can relate. I took all of the photos of my girls offline after reading about some very bad experiences other people had, so I’m thinking I’ll switch over to emailing photos and updates to our loved ones. Besides, a private email with somebody is so much more “connecting” for me than the public FB version, if that makes any sense. Thank you for your encouragement, Kat! I’m so glad you’ll still be visiting here!

        • It didn’t occur to me until I read about several experiences other people had. It took a long time, but I eventually managed to delete all the FB photos of them and removed all the pics of them from my blog. I also read a post a year or two ago about keeping children’s online presence limited until they are mature enough to decide for themselves how much of their lives they want to have online. Good food for thought, though I honestly can’t remember where I read it.

  5. A hearty “Amen” to that… I have struggled with all social media wondering if my time is better spent elsewhere. God, your husband and your children are your priority and you can rest assured HE will bless you for putting Him and them first. Blessings to you and your family!

    • It’s so hard to limit social media time, isn’t it? I’ve found that limiting my email, blogging and other online time isn’t hard for me, but Facebook sucks all that time away before I even know it has happened! πŸ˜‰ Blessings to you and your family, too, Debbie!!!

  6. Thanks for a fantastic post!! I work hard for much less ‘likes’ on FB so I totally know what you mean. When my children were younger, I gave up a website I managed and some other online and offline things that I was involved in. I don’t have any regrets. Today, there is much more time needed to be spent online to manage a blog.

    • So true! When I started blogging it really didn’t take as much time to manage everything, but I also had more time. I know that we won’t have any regrets taking this step and it looks like this is really resonating with quite a few people- more than I expected!

      Thanks so much for the encouragement, Judith! πŸ™‚

  7. Delia Trenholm says:

    How wonderful !!! πŸ™‚ I know exactly where you are coming from . God spoke to my heart about the exact same thing 2 months ago so I closed up my facebook account and shut down my online shop for a while and it has been great . thank you for being obident and honest πŸ™‚ <3

    • Good for you, Delia! Just making the decision has been such a blessing for us, so I know that when I shut it down on the 15th it will be even better than I’m expecting. πŸ™‚

  8. Angela Polder says:

    It’s something we’ve been toying with for some time. We are actually trying to build up our following on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter before we take the plunge. I find myself promoting for our business, too easily leaking over into using it for personal use way too much…it’s just so hard to use it properly. I think what you’re doing is wise and you’ll be blessed for it! You’re being very courageous!! <3

    • Aww, thanks! Almost all my traffic is through Pinterest and Google, so FB was really taking a lot of time and not bringing people here. With your gorgeous hand-carved wood, I bet Pinterest and Instagram could become a huge customer source!! I honestly have never used Twitter, so I don’t know how well it works. πŸ™‚ Like I said, though, completely shutting down FB might not be the best idea for everybody. Just something to think and pray about. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the encouragement, Angela!

  9. I love to see other people address this issue. I gave up facebook several years ago and am so happy that I did and now it’s easy to notice when other people are wasting so much time. Who really has 100 people that they can call friends anyway?! I believe that God will bless you for your decision!

    • So true! I just went through my personal FB page a couple weeks ago and unfriended a ton of people who weren’t either family or fairly close friends. I don’t post photos of our family anymore, for privacy and safety reasons, and I don’t really share anything personal on there… so why do I even have that page?? πŸ˜‰ I’m thinking I’ll be switching over to email updates for friends and family who live far away.

      Thanks so much for the comment, Stephanie! I’m looking forward to checking out your blog! πŸ™‚

  10. This post really intrigued me. I found you on Mom 2 Mom, and it makes me think that spending a little time linking up to link parties is probably more productive than scrolling through FB. My weakness is probably pinterest, actually. I think it’s a great step of faith, and I wish you the best!

    • Thanks, Meredith! I love Pinterest, too, but somehow it doesn’t suck away my time the way Facebook does. I guess it’s because I am fully aware that I’m just playing around when I’m on Pinterest, whereas with FB I feel obligated to interact, answer questions, keep up with what is happening with so many people… Before I know it I’ve lost a huge chunk of my day! Anyway, I’m so glad you popped over for a visit and I hope you were encouraged! πŸ™‚

  11. tina says:

    have you checked out tsu (sue) yet? A lot of bloggers, artists etc are headed there. Your material is yours…you own it and earn money when someone reposts your status update etc…let me know if you want an invite to check it out…I will miss you God Bless you in this net phase of your life!

    • Aww, thanks! I’ll really miss interacting with you and a small handful of regular faces on FB. I hope to see you here in the comments, still! I’m going to pass on tsu, but thanks. I need to keep it to the bare minimum for online time. πŸ™‚ Blessings to you, Tina!

  12. Beautiful. Bold. Brave. I love this… as you know, I went off Facebook for about 7 months just recently and since being back on there I’ve strongly wanted to just jump right back off! I totally understand where you are coming from and know you will be blessed! I’m considering the same thing as well… love to you!

    • Thanks so much, Cassandra! I’ve been so inspired by your honest, encouraging and counter-cultural thoughts you share and how you took that time away to do what you needed to do for your family. Blessings and love back to you!

  13. Thank you so very much for this! Although I am a new blogger, I, too, can easily see how some of my most fruitless time is spent on my FB blog page. I became a blogger to write, to share, to follow the calling I felt The Lord put on my heart. Spending more time in my own efforts arguing with trolls or checking constantly for “likes” is not trusting in His plan for my writing. Thank you once again. I may be writing my own similar post in the near future. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, Veronica! It is so easy to fall into that trap no matter the size of your blog. Good for you for being mindful of trusting God instead of getting sucked into the FB vortex! πŸ˜‰ Blessings!!!

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