Wow. It’s been nearly one entire month since I left my personal Facebook account behind. Let me be the first to tell you that the choice has been a significant one and weekly (if not daily at this point) I find positive affirmation that it was the right choice.
I have more mental bandwidth than I did previously, less pressure and anxiety to feel like I’m missing out on something, and more aware of how precious the smaller (and perhaps better) things in life really are.
Facebook does something to you, you know? It just changes everything, the way you talk, act, respond, engage with others – and when it’s gone you suddenly realize what you lost and what you have the opportunity to gain, anew.
But I do miss a bit of the interaction between my readers and the collective network and community of insanely passionate bloggers and I’ve been interested in getting that back a bit more. That’s why I’m considering going a little “deeper” with Google Plus.
So that’s where I am – I’m wondering what I could possibly gain from engaging with the technology and property more. What I like about it is the fact that it would be much more of a professional environment than a personal one – I don’t have circles of my family silo’d on there and I’d walk in with expressed intent to use it for our community and the thoughts I have about online publishing, startups, and entrepreneurship.
The downsides, as there always are a few, would be the potential to be “just another time suck” and provide very little more value than what it’s doing currently. I want to leverage my time well and to the fullest and I’m not interested in doing half of a good job.
Love your thoughts and to hear your experiences with Google Plus. Do you think it would be worth the time and effort? What could we gain together if you joined me there more often?