I'm calling it, or at least I'm going to try. In 2016 I aim to give up Facebook.
I love Facebook and the way it enables us to communicate with people all over the world so easily. But I hate the fact that I spend so much time on it. I hate the fact that I have become addicted to seeing what is on my feed and I hate the anticipation of wanting to look at the site every morning as soon as I get up. It probably says more about my addictive nature, but hey, I'm quite happy being addicted to photo-books and works of art, coffee and dark chocolate. As long as moderate exercise is maintained, and paying jobs, then I can afford these private luxuries. But Facebook is something that I can (hopefully) do without. Plus, it's been getting very boring of late, and I can NOT stand the 'memories' that Facebook wants me to share almost daily.
I'm going to miss a lot, including friends' posts, art news, stories, exhibitions and birthdays of course. But I'm going to hopefully have more time to walk, work on my photographs, work on the resurrection of The Photography Room (and all the admin that comes with it), and most importantly, be with people around me.
I have really enjoyed making acquaintances with people who I have never met in person, and some have developed into very strong and worthwhile friendships. But now it is time to give my all to the real world, this one that exists outside of Facebook.
I hope that there will still be communication of some kind between the people I have met on Fb in the coming months and years. I will be found at The Photography Room at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston on Sundays from March 2016, so if you are in Canberra, be sure to come and say hello. I'll continue to post my blog entries on Facebook, as it happens automatically, but I won't be around to 'like' or respond to comments on them. I appreciate all the positive and engaging comments and discussions that I have participated in on this platform, but at the end of the day, this is a short life, and I want to spend as little of it as possible staring at a computer screen.
To all my overseas friends, this means we will read less about each other and be less in each other's minds, but please add me to your mailing lists and keep me in the loop of what you are doing in photography, art, journalism and life. These are the things that I will miss from not being on Facebook but there are other ways to stay up to date.
I am really excited about the resurrection of The Photography Room and I am seriously looking forward to the challenges and rewards that it will bring, both personally and professionally. We have a great new stable of photographers who are keen to get their work out into the world, and to have a bricks and mortar gallery in which to show it off to the public. I hope that the new gallery will include, educate and excite people about photography in the Canberra region and beyond.
If anyone does want to keep in touch outside of Facebook, then please feel free to drop me an email, text, letter, Skype, WhatsAp or phone call. Even better, let's have a coffee in person if you are near. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and my postal address is Po Box 283 Curtin ACT 2605 Australia. If the urge hits you, please get in contact via these methods.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas and a wonderful start for you all to 2016.