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! 😉
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!