Over the last few weeks, I have been more and more annoyed with Facebook and the people on it. Nobody in particular, just the whole thing. I wake up in the afternoon or evening, grab my cell phone, and scroll through my news feed. I do this because many people believe if they share information on Facebook, there is no need to share it any other place or via any other means of communication. Reading every post from a particular day takes about half an hour, and my time has become too precious to waste doing this anymore. Besides that, Facebook has become more of an outlet for anger and frustration, and less of a true “social network”. I’m sick and tired of being put in a bad mood or flat out pissed off by something somebody posted in their status or a comment made on a status. More then that, I am sick of people who make status updates to get a message across to somebody, or a post to somebody else’s wall that is actually directed to somebody else, but they are too much of a coward to say what they want to say to that person directly. I know that I too am guilty of venting and negativity frequently on Facebook and I am part of the problem. I’m done with it.
I, Travis Galliher, will no longer check Facebook everyday, or read every post that comes onto my news feed. I have created a list, called “The Short List”, which is now my primary news feed. This is the only feed I will read on a regular basis. Of the 352 “Friends” I currently have on Facebook, only 12 people are on “The Short List”. If you are wondering if you are on this list, you’re not. Immediate family and a couple very close friends are it. It’s nothing personal or not an indication that you and I are no longer friends in the real world, it’s just the easiest way to simplify things. Also, I will not post to Facebook nearly as often, maybe once or twice a week. I will continue to occasionally post pictures of Carolina, and will post if there is something I want to share with everyone. Many times, it may be just a link to one of our blogs. I wanted to turn comments off, but Facebook no longer has this feature.
Why didn’t I just delete my Facebook account? Facebook is the only way I currently communicate with a few people, especially my friends and family who are out of town, and I didn’t not want to sever that completely. Facebook also does have some useful tools besides the whole “status updates” thing. Their messenger and events services are quite useful, and I will continue to check and reply to those on a regular basis.
Please understand, this a decision I made for me, not against anybody. If it was targeted at only a couple people, I would have just hidden their posts, un-friended then, or blocked them. I have no problem doing that. This is being done for my own well-being, and to cut down on my time spent reading post after post of negativity, drama, and BS, just to make sure I don’t miss an occasional post of importance.
How will you contact me? Easy. If you insist on contacting me via social media, you can follow me on Twitter, my handle is @HillbillyTrav, and I have a Google+ account that is checked almost daily. You can look me up on Skype (I’m not on often, but once in a while), and Google Talk. I still use that old thing called e-mail, and my address is HillbillyTrav@gmail.com, and you can always call, text, iMessage, FaceTime, or even Voxer me. If you don’t have my phone number, feel free to email me and I will give it to you. I also plan on updating our blogs more often. Trav’s Tidbits (where you are now) is at www.TravisGalliher.com, and The Galliher Family at www.GalliherFamily.com. Also, Chrissie has no intention on leaving or reducing her presence on Facebook, so if you post something important on there, chances are I will hear about it from her.
I hope you all understand why I am doing this. Between work, watching Carolina on my own 4-5 days a week, and taking 2 college classes, I need to cut some of the stress and BS from my life, and Facebook seems like the logical place to start. This may only be temporary, but we’ll see. I’ll be talking to y’all soon. Have a great week.