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WORDS FROM FRIENDS

LEAVING FACEBOOK

98th Cottonwood Pass Campmeeting

Joining Facebook was like falling down a cozy rabbit hole. I loved finding out what my friends were doing and what was important to them. I loved reconnecting with friends I hadn't seen or heard from in years, and I loved making new friends. I loved hearing about events like the nostalgic one pictured here–a campmeeting that we went to every year when I was young. I loved posting photos and seeing friends' responses. I started getting a lot of my news on FB. I found out about social actions I could be part of. I used FB to make people aware of my book and events for my book. That made FB seem essential. I enjoy seeing other writers' successes and sharing mine.

Because a huge chunk of my work takes place on the computer, it's been easy to slip over to Facebook throughout the day, check in with friends, respond to them, feel connected during work that can become isolating. Going there so often could also be distracting, but ultimately I got my work done. Most of it. Getting my news there proved to be dangerous at times, so I had to use fact checking sites if I wasn't reading from a news source I trusted. As the news has gotten worse and worse, dismay and discouragement, anger and hopelessness have become more and more prevalent in my newsfeed. I've decided that I'm only going to do individual book events from now on, and promoting this book is getting old for me. There are other ways besides FB to post and see photos, which is what gives me the most enjoyment on FB.

All this to say, I'm leaving. Here are some ways you can connect with me, see my pictures and know some of what I'm thinking about. I very much hope you will stay connected.

1) SIGN UP! SIGN UP! This is actually the Number One way (though it doesn't have to be the only one) I'm hoping you'll choose. If you sign up you'll get an email notice whenever I post to my blog, and of course I'd love for you to read my blog. I expect to post at least once a week. To do this, go to the "News from Anna" tab on my website and follow the directions (it's easy) in the upper right corner of the page. Only I will ever be able to see your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time, but I hope you won't.

2) If you want to see my photos, follow me on Instagram.

3) Use the "Contact" tab on my website to send me an email.

4) My Messenger account will remain open, so you can always message me.

5) Ask for my email address if you don't already have it.

I plan to deactivate my Facebook account next Friday, July 6. I really hope to see you here on my blog! I'll miss seeing you on FB, but I know others who have left and have started to share more with individuals on Messenger or by texting. How about that?!

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