This week I'm sharing about my decision to archive my Facebook Groups and greatly minimize my time on this social media platform.
What archiving a Facebook Group means
As of today, my Machine Quilting Block Party and Leah Day Quilting Friends Facebook Groups will be archived. This means if you are a member you will be able to search the group and see older posts, but the group will be frozen in time and new posts will not be allowed.
Social Media Addiction
I'm targeting Facebook specifically because this platform more than any others has become really nasty. People are horrible to one another and the algorithm that makes Facebook work encourages that behavior. It's also very, very, VERY addictive and I don't think most people understand how or why.
I've been reading and watching videos on this for awhile, and I found the following video very helpful for understanding the addictive nature of these social media platforms:
Affiliate link: I highly recommend Cal Newport's book Deep Work. This book was very inspiring to me to dig in, put my phone on airplane mode and stop allowing notifications to distract me constantly while I was writing and quilting.
I honestly don't think I would have ever finished my book Explore Walking Foot Quilting if I hadn't listened to that audiobook last summer.
This isn't who I want to be or what I want to be doing
I realized more than a year ago that Facebook was driving my husband Josh a bit crazy. He'd become obsessed with keeping our groups clean - free of spammers, porn, crazy people, and bullies. It wasn't an easy job and stuff would still slip through and get posted in the middle of the night so the first thing every morning he'd check his phone to see if the groups were okay.
This began hurting my feelings because hey - don't I get a good morning at least? And was this really good for us or our business? I didn't think so and I was starting to worry that it was causing Josh a lot of stress and anxiety that he didn't need to feel.
Ultimately I've had to tap into WHO I want to be and WHAT I want to be doing most - I want to be quilting. I want to be teaching you how to make beautiful quilts.
I don't need Facebook groups which require tons of time and effort every week to do that. I think maintaining these groups has been taking me away being the best quilting teacher I can be.
Let's go quilt,