So upon a lot of contemplation, I both created and deleted a SMH Facebook account.
I can’t bring myself to go through with it; I hate what social media has become. I hate spending time that should be spent studying God’s Word, or working on the property, or telling stories of rich family history or playing with the children staring at a screen instead, seeking validation and notoriety from strangers.
Giving me Facebook is equivalent to handing an alcoholic a glass of wine with dinner and saying, “be moderate, and take care!” I recognize my own weakness in this area and scripture says if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. So… There’s that.
Moreover, it just felt like me trying to kick down doors and barriers to homestead expansion that I should be faithful in waiting on God to accomplish if He chooses. So I just can’t do the social media thing. Honestly, this blog takes a lot out of me. I love being able to share the Gospel in this way and our homesteading experiences with a really supportive community. But that’s as far as I can go at this point. And I’m just not willing to compromise my time or my convictions for the sake of Facebook or notoriety.
Social media marketing has likely supplanted the old school methods, but then again, I’ve always been an “old soul” so I believe if God wants us to expand, He’ll make a way that doesn’t mean me selling out to social media, so to speak. So do I feel like that’s a significant barrier to entry? Well, yeah. Of course I do. Especially as the “homesteader market” saturates and as I’m planning these workshops for the summer, and seeking to share information regarding our Etsy shop, or farmer’s market side hustles. But like I said, where there’s a will, there’s a way. I just want that will and way to be God’s and not a stumbling block for me. And if the truth be told, I want no part of the public eye. I’m not perfect, and people are brutal to rake you over the proverbial coals for the slightest missteps. So, no thank you.
Does that make sense? Regardless… That’s where I’m at.
I truly admire the strong women who have made it work; who balance blogging, writing, parenting, homesteading, and working from home all while taking advantage of the social media avenues. That’s just not me. And I don’t think it ever will be.
And that’s okay.