Social Media Changes

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Effective today, I have made some changes to my social media accounts. These changes reflect the fact that my social media accounts drive very little traffic to this site. My goal as a writer is for people to read my writing, and if they so inclined share it on their own social media accounts and/or leave comments. Me posting article links to my own social media pages is not the same as readers doing so. What I have found is that I get a minuscule amount of traffic from Twitter, and even less from Google+. My Facebook page drives a small amount traffic to this site, but the hassles of maintaining the page and dealing with God’s Avenging Servants® far outweigh the traffic benefit. I have also found that much of the Facebook traffic comes from the memes I post, and not my writing.

With these things in mind, I am closing the social media accounts associated with this site. I will still have a personal Facebook account. If you would like to be friends with me on Facebook, please send me a friend request. I am quite selective about who I friend, so please do not take it as a personal slight if I don’t accept your request. I tend to accept friend requests from people who comment on this blog or people I have had some sort of private interaction with in the past. I do NOT accept friend requests from Evangelicals, nor do I accept requests from atheists who spend their waking hours waging war against Christianity. I treat Facebook as a place where I can hang out with family and friends. While I don’t have a problem with spirited discussions about politics and religion, I don’t want to spend my time on Facebook engaging in fruitless discussions that never end well.

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11 Comments

  1. TLC

    Good for you to be brave enough to do this! As a web designer/manager, people often fret over what social media to use, and how much. They are often surprised when I point out that social media is not, in fact, “free” — because it takes so much time to keep up, and usually with very little concrete return.

    I still have a personal Facebook, though there are times I wish I could get rid of it. I ditched my company Facebook after a year because everyone was finding me on my personal page, not the business one. Same with Google Plus.

    Spend your time in the best way possible. I think you’re on the right track.

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  2. TLC

    Good for you to be brave enough to do this! As a web designer/manager, people often fret over what social media to use, and how much. They are often surprised when I point out that social media is not, in fact, “free” — because it takes so much time to keep up, and usually with very little concrete return.

    I still have a personal Facebook, though there are times I wish I could get rid of it. I ditched my company Facebook after a year because everyone was finding me on my personal page, not the business one. Same with Google Plus.

    Spend your time in the best way possible. I think you’re on the right track.

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  3. DJ

    I like your writing style but like you said read very little of your articles. I do spend a lot of time on Facebook and read a lot of different articles & comments thru that venue that take up time. I’m already receiving your writings in my email.

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  4. Beth

    This doesn’t reflect well on me, but I try to stay as innocuous and “kitten-loving” as possible on Facebook. That’s to make sure what I like or say in another person’s post isn’t seen by people whom I don’t want seeing them. (This is actually more like real life – we manage who receives certain opinions.) Perhaps I’m not alone, and thus focusing on the end result is super time smart.

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  5. Ian

    I am pretty picky about what I post on my Facebook account, too. I have other social media accounts that are far less discriminating.

    I want my Facebook to be a place where people can relax and not be exposed to my rougher side.

    I applaud your decision, Bruce. All
    of my accounts take up a lot of time. I need time for me, too, just as you do.

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  6. Jackie

    I’m sorry to hear you’re closing the blog, Bruce. I’ve enjoyed your posts over the years, especially the personal stories of your journey through religion and finally out. I hope to still get your writings by email. I’ll still see you around, we’re FB friends!

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    1. Becky Wiren

      I think all he’s doing is closing his social media accounts. He will still have this blog.

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  7. Brian

    Did some Facebook beginning about 2010 or maybe earlier… lasted for awhile and enjoyed looking at pics and family stuff but I was unable to be quiet when all turned to sermon, as is often the case among my loved ones. They begin by saying a generic statement like all is well, and then quickly degrade to verse quoting and preachatorio. I decided to go up against that just for equal time sake and soon found it more palatable to leave the format entirely. My wife handles Fashibook better and sometimes shares a photo with me….
    I am one with an old Safari browser without support but I can still log-in from Chrome. So far, so good.

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  8. Wayne Beamer

    Hi Bruce: I’m a social media professional who has written, edited and posted blogs and social media on multiple sites, mostly small businesses and entrepreneurs for more than a decade.

    There’s lots of reasons your social media numbers may be down which be fixable by trying some new things. Unless what you’re really wanting to do is slowly close your blog down for good. I’ve enjoyed your blog a ton, in its earlier incarnation and this one, so I hope closing isn’t the long-term plan unless your health is getting in the way.

    If you want to discuss this privately, you’ve got my email. Please reach out to me. Thanks!

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      Wayne,

      Thank you for the offer of help. For me, it is matter of diminishing return. Does the amount of traffic justify time spent. With Twitter, in particular, the answer is NO. I found that people rarely click through, and they often respond NOT to what I have written but to the headlines I use. My Facebook page generated some traffic, but I found myself having to spend way too much time dealing with asshole Evangelicals.

      You mention my health and closing down the blog. You are very astute, my friend. 🙂 I’ve tried carefully to hide the recent struggles Ive been having, choosing to mention them only to Polly and Carolyn, my editor. I find myself in some sort of funk. Not sure what to make of it. For now, I continue to write, but I do wonder if I will reach that point where I have said all I can possibly say, and all I am doing is repeating myself. I find myself, at times, tired of of the religious scene. But, I also know that I have a somewhat unique view, having formerly been a pastor for 25 years. I am sure there are more than a few Christians who wish I would either die or move to a remote island without internet access. 🙂 I’m not going anywhere any time soon, that is unless Jesus raptures me away. 🙂

      I appreciate your support, Wayne.

      Bruce

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  9. Wayne Beamer

    Hi Bruce: Having done blog work for a long time, it’s obvious that you believe you’ve “said all I/you can possibly say,” but I don’t think that’s necessarily true. I believe you have a lot left to say, if you want to expand the scope of your blog, for example, to include big picture social and political issues. For example, as a former minister, I’d like to know more about political evangelism from the pulpit. You and I are about the same age, but in my lily white conservative suburb of Houston, I don’t recall much of this happening until I joined a church affiliated with the SBC, and a fire-and-brimstone pastor was hired.

    For example, I’d like to know more about how people could confront political evangelism in their church. I did speak out a few times, and I’m sure some parishioners weren’t happy about that.

    Do parishioners really believe what their elected officials promise them about “protecting their Christian values?”

    I think you have a lot to say about those topics and others that may be closer to what you feel comfortable discussing on your blog. Again, this is your home, and I’m a guest. If you need some help, please let me know.

    Cheers!

    Wayne

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