Sunday, July 7, 2013

That Whole facebook Thing

I have a love/hate relationship with facebook.

I love it, my husband hates that I love it.

That said, I do understand the need for balance in my life and taking care of things like dirty dishes and laundry and all that stuff.
Granted, fb can get pretty overwhelming at times, especially if you are the kind of person who feels a lot of empathy and loves the planet and people and animals - the abused dog stories and all the GMO gloom and doom and negative political info can make you sometimes want to just throw your hands up in the air and say "aw, f*ck it" and head to the nearest pub to drink yourself into oblivion or try to get off facebook altogether.

Occasionally, the nagging gets so unbearable that I have made several announcements on said fb page that I am no longer going to post to the facebook page.

If you happen to be one of my facebook friends -  you already know that this has clearly not worked. I will continue to be active on facebook because I like how facebook helps me to stay in touch with my friends and family and former band members who are scattered all over the world.

If you are a musician, you have probably heard by now that venue booking agents are now using your facebook "likes" as a measuring tool for whether or not you can sell tickets, so, now, people whose music I have never heard are asking me to "like" their page. This is SO dumb. I am not going to "Like" your facebook page just because you asked me to, if I have never heard your music.

It used to just be about the music - but now it is about "facebook likes" - and I understand that people need to know you exist before they can even consider listening to your music. But if you concern yourself with getting "facebook likes" - that leaves less time to make music, doesn't it?

Since, over the past few years I have managed to amass a bunch of facebook friends with various interests, I tried experimenting with my facebook settings on my personal page to entice my facebook friends to "like" my music page - so much so - that at one point I practically made myself so invisible to people on facebook, which translated to, believe it or not -- we almost didn't get a gig at a local club because the booker said we didn't have a big enough facebook presence!

Oh the irony. At least it got my husband to stop complaining so much about facebook. For now. I'd better get back to that laundry. Thursday will be here before you know it, and I'm not going to be singing in my birthday suit... (pun intended)

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