Getting outside the ‘book

I have decided that I need to get away from Facebook for a while. There were some depressing developments yesterday – which I blogged about, but then removed from the site, as it seemed an inappropriate discussion for public view.

Blogging and sharing – there aren’t written rules to these things. We all have to make choices about what, and how, we make our thoughts public, and navigating those choices is not especially clear. I do not, for example, have any regrets about sharing my experiences as an alcoholic on this blog. It is personal, yes, but its a story I am comfortable sharing in public.

I gave up Facebook last year for Lent, and felt pretty good about it. Forty days without the constant checking for updates was not a bad thing. Lately I have become increasingly anxious about my political statements and how they might alienate people who I care about. I reached a breaking point yesterday. The unfortunate part of that is not being able to promote posts on Facebook – so if you’re a reader of this blog (and I think there might be a handful of folks reading this stuff) you might not see anything on Facebook, but I intend to try and keep up the daily posts.

Published by samuelbarbour

Besides writing a blog, I also teach, farm, cook, and play music. I live in the Illinois River Valley with my partner, Molly Breslin, who sometimes posts stuff at

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