About a week ago, I shared on Facebook that I would not be posting there as much as I had found it was not adding value to my life. For awhile I have felt that the connections or “friends” on Facebook were not as close as they may seem. Granted it gave me the opportunity to reconnect with people I may not have been able to reach otherwise.
As I scaled back my all the time connectedness with Facebook, I have found more time for other things. I find myself emailing with friends and connecting on a deeper level. This reminds me of when I studied abroad in Spain and email was practically my lifeline to stay in touch with friends and family. While I am still a huge fan of handwritten notes, I have found that email can be good too.
Recently I decided to make a real effort to remember the birthdays of people in our lives. Last year when my birthday rolled around, I remember feeling a bit isolated as sometime in the months before my birthday I had changed my privacy settings on Facebook to not show my birthday. Now I must admit that birthdays on Facebook are somewhat exciting as you get so many wishes. What I realized is that it really was the notion of people remembering your birthday, so I decided to take this down to a more personal level.
At first I was hand making the cards and sending them. Then I remembered Paperless Post. I discovered this site in my past life as a marketing person as I was looking for a more elegant way to send invitations to events. We also used this site to send the invitations to my fabulous grandmother’s 90th birthday.
So I simplified my life and have started to send birthday cards through Paperless Post. I have done my best to add birthdays to my calendar and it has been such a treat to send cards to friends.
The long story short is that I really feel more connected as I have disconnected from Facebook.