Facebook, Updates, and Assorted Housekeeping

facebook-thumbs-down Well, it's official - I am now Facebook free. Or, at the very least, I've deactivated my account. I suppose I could log back in and restart things, but for now I'll be testing the waters of a Facebook-free lifestyle.

Note, though, that my Facebook author page is still up and running. I will be limiting my use of it to auto-updates from synchronized postings on this blog and only occasionally taking the reins to post promotional related stuff on those rare instances that I have things to promote.

So, this is it.

And you know what, it actually feels pretty damn good. Like a weight has been lifted. One less monkey on my back.

One of my resolutions for 2016 was to limit my use of Facebook. I hadn't then planned on deactivating the account, but the option certainly became more attractive as the days of this New Year wore on.

Let's face it - Facebook is an enormous time-suck. It's literally a black hole for productivity, and I had allowed it to suck up more of my life than I reasonably should have. Pure weakness on my part, but there you go.

Time, in particular, is a very rare commodity in my life. I have a full-time job, I'm a part-time writer, I'm married and have a three-month old son, and I also value having time to read and, in the very unlikely event that I somehow find myself with additional free time, I'd like to someday get through some TV series on Netflix and Amazon, or not spend two (or more) days trying to watch a movie. I recently watched Bone Tomahawk, which took me two days to view (thankfully it was well worth it). At some point since it hit iTunes, I've been lucky enough to watch a whole 8 minutes of Jurassic World. So I don't actually think extra free time will be something I'm allowed in the foreseeable future, but whatever I am lucky enough to have afforded me I would much rather not be scrolling through an endless social feed and checking for updates. I have too many other things to do, and, honestly, my wife and son are way more important and a bigger priority than my Facebook feed. Now, I don't have to worry about missing out on his, and to an extent my own life, on people pixels.

Facebook is gone now; account is deactivated, app is deleted from my phone, and it feels pretty freaking liberating.


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Amazon has recently implemented a new feature called Kindle Instant Book Preview. You can find out more about this at geekwire, but the gist of it is that it allows bloggers to embed book samples on their page the way they would video.

This is an awesome idea and I have to give Amazon a big pat on the back for this! Unfortunately, the embed code is in iframes, and as user of the free Wordpress dot-com end of things I can't use it. But, I've added a link to each of my book pages that will at least allow readers to check out the preview. You could, for instance, head on over to the page for my novel Convergence, click the link that says Read A Sample, and off you go.

And should you like the sample well enough, you could always purchase the book for your Kindle for only $3.99. /shamelessplug


 

Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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