Why Facebook Doesn’t Float My Boat

I’m sorry, but I don’t understand what in the heck I’m supposed to be doing on facebook. I get on there and immediately need a nap. Now and then I think up a few people from my ancient past to stalk, and I always let people know if I blogged, but other than that, what’s the point?

Take the whole “request” thing. I am constantly getting hit with relative requests, birthday requests, hug requests, “which dog breed are you” requests–it’s too much, I can’t handle it.

So I ignore them. All of them.

My relatives probably think I’ve disowned the family in general, since I’ve now shot down about 42 relative requests (we have a huge family). As far as Facebook is concerned, I don’t have a birthday, and I have no desire to know which dog/country/dessert best represents me.

Actually, I could tell you that without a test. I’m a Goldendoodle (the blonde ones), Puerto Rico (because I’m dramatic and flamboyant and sometimes border on tacky), and for the dessert? Hmm. Jason just said I’m a Lemon Tart because I’m blonde and sweet and tangy. He also threw in cute and skinny and perfect,  but we know he was just shooting for extra credit so those three don’t count. We also know that “tangy” isn’t necessarilly a compliment.

But don’t get me wrong, I get totally psyched during the initial “Ooh! Someone I used to know!” friend request, but with one peek at their profile page, I’m usually sadly disapointed. Because most people don’t write anything. No juicy details about their life or job or kids or marriage or mortgage, there’s usually nothing there to sink my teeth into.

And so, if you’re a relative/friend/neighbor who is interested in requesting something from me, don’t feel bad when I ignore it. It’s not you, it’s facebook. I feel like all I get is a picture of your face and a few random status updates (which usually consist of valuable information like, “Joy is happy it’s Friday!” or “Suzie doesn’t want to do dishes :(“).

Why doesn’t everyone have a blog?

ps – My dear friend Susan sent me this photo to commemorate this week’s column. Susan, you’re the best. I’m having this blown up and framed for my kitchen.



  1. Wow, I feel so loved that you would actually answer my friend request! And I feel exactly the same way.

  2. I like Facebook. But only because I did MySpace forever ago. You wanna talk about stupid. Same thing, I just think maybe when I joined Facebook I knew what it would be like! But I TOTALLY agree, why doesn’t everyone blog?!

  3. I like facebook to check on people. I look at it every once in awhile on my phone and see status updates and I love to see when people have posted pictures. I’m really glad I joined, but I also don’t do any of the requests people send me and I don’t understand people who say they spend hours on facebook. How? Why?

  4. I definitely ignore all the relative requests—but I probly get on more than you…I think being single makes a little bit of a difference there:)

    And also, pretty sure I grew up hearing my mom say those exact words on the picture you posted.

  5. I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t know what to do once I get onto facebook. I also ignore every request. But you have tons of friends on there!

  6. Wait until you have teenagers Annie….you’ll see why so many moms have facebook! I get to see what comments I can tell my son are inappropriate or not. It’s a great teaching tool! And it’s also great for talking to your missionary when he’s emailing you. Oh, and it great for posting pics of your siblings and then you totally trash each other for the facebook world to see! I LOVE IT!!!

  7. I think facebook is how heaven is going to be. We get to connect with people we used to know and love and see what is up with them, but then you dont have to stay in contact purposefully, you can just see what they are up to when you want to and comment when you want to.

    I do most all of the applications including pet society, ( I blogged about that a couple of days ago). Super fun.

  8. I do the blog, Facebook, Myspace… I’m kinda pathetic like that. I like to keep all of my networking options open so that I don’t miss anyone / anything. Some of my friends have myspace and others have facebook, so I feel like I need to have them both so that I can “stalk” them all. I don’t bother with any of the applications though. I don’t need to know which dog breed or dessert I am either.

  9. Thank you so much Annie! You’re Wonderful and I think I’ve told you that before. You made my day!

  10. I totally agree on the Facebook thing….the (Lil) Green Patches are buggin’ me hard! Fight Global Warming….my tush! Hee hee.

    And the “You’ll Eat it and Like it” I saw your PS and you mentioned Susan…I saw the picture and I knew that it was my Mom that sent that. She loves those….they crack me up. I called her to ask her if she sent it and she said yes…I told her she needed to go and check out your blog before she goes to bed for the night.

    Fun Fun!

  11. girlsmama says:

    Amen sister! I get tons of invitations to facebook. I have yet to start an account. I just don’t get it. Blogs on the other hand…they’re like chocolate. I couldn’t live without them.

  12. Reasons why I like facebook:

    1) Let’s me keep tabs on people I would not usually take the time to email/call, etc.

    2) Easy method of communication for said people.

    3) Place to post photos and see other people’s photos. People who don’t post photos annoy me.

    But all this said… blogging is better. It’s just not for everyone unfortunately.

  13. I agree with April. When you’ve got teenagers, it’s a must to keep track of what’s going on.

    Thanks so much or the kind words on my blog! You are the best.

  14. Facebook makes me tired. A person can only hit “ignore” and “decline” so many times before they start to feel like a really crummy individual. I’m really not sure why I’m even still on there, to tell you the truth…

  15. You know what I call Facebook?


    (And what do I call Twitter? Don’t even ask.)

  16. I have a facebook account, but I rarely use it. I have about 87 requests that I have never responded to. I guess in the facebook world I’m pretty lame, but then again when am I not?

  17. I am so completely with you on the facebook thing. I have resisted joining because I know I would neglect it. And all those people in high school who were mere “acquaintences”… we weren’t friends then, why would we want to be friends now?

  18. Wait, you are on facebook? I looked a couple of times. I love facebook and I also ignore just about everything. Or rather, I let them sit there and when I get to 100 I ignore them all. I love that I can type mean things about my family and they are never on the read it!!! Wait, Heather doesn’t read this does she? I’m totally just kidding! Christian is there to rat me out anyway.

    What do I like about facebook? I can talk to the friends I don’t have time to call anymore. I too once thought it was stupid. I changed my mind.

  19. Wait, I blogged about this.

  20. You speak the truth. Facebook = bad. Blogging = good.

    I’ve also “disowned” my facebook family…

  21. I love facebook. I am able to stay in contact with all the missionaries that I have met here in NZ (they have gone home, they aren’t suppose to be on facebook on the mission). I also have Bebo and myspace. and now blogging. anybody can find me anywhere.

  22. I too love facebook. I’m sadly a little obsessed. HOWEVER, I totally agree on those stupid request thingys. I am a person, not a dog, dessert, a disney character, or do I want a virtual hug, or anything like that. I want to talk to actual long lost friends. Not just “accept” them as “friends” and then completely ignore each other like we were before we “found” each other. Anywho, blah blah blah. Thanks Annie for always being so real. It’s really appreciated.

  23. Ha ha ha AMEN, sista.

    You are so cute (and tangy). hee hee

    And such a fabulous writer.


  24. I AGREE WITH YOU 100%. Blogging is so much more entertaining, informative, better photos. Facebook is not my thing either. HOWEVER, IS where second first love found me and that was a trip for sure. But, I am not so sure I wanted him to find me as I thought that was all buried and gone. It is “gone”, don’t get me wrong, but opened up some saddness I don’t want. My family says they facebook cause they don’t have time to blog –Oh HUM-BLOG I say. So to each his own eh.

  25. I am not enarmoured of facebook either. I got a request from a guy who looked like a rapist, pedophile, jack the ripper type. I’m too scared to reject his invitation cos he might track me down and shoot me so he just sits there, endlessly requesting to be my friend…. YIKES.

    I think you are either a blogger or a FBer and never the twain shall meet.


  26. I can’t stand facebook. When I read that it makes you want to fall asleep I heaved a sigh of relief and thought, “someone else feels the same way as me!” I’m on it because it’s the only way I can keep in tough with certain friends from back in the day, but that’s it. I HATE all the little greenhouse plant things people keep giving me.

  27. Facebooking is blogging for dummies.

    Those who can blog, those who can’t Facebook.

  28. I agree with you 1-0-0-%! I do a few birthday things, relative things, and have done ONE tag {this week.} but all those quizzes schmizzes…I hit the ignore button on almost everything! I have occasionally felt guilty when it has something to do with cancer…

  29. You don’t know me, but I found your blog thru a friend of mine and girl you are hysterical!! I laugh out loud everytime I read anything you write. I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t “get” the Facebook thing! Thank you!!

  30. Snort. I could have written this whole post and only changed one thing: I like looking at people’s photos. And I don’t put personal photos on my blog much so I use Facebook for showing off my gorgeous kids. And also the odd inflammatory note I don’t mind my friends and family reading because if they don’t like it I’m pretty sure they’ll still like me, whereas the general public will flog me.

    But one I started my blog and started Twittering (where it’s AT), I basically stopped Facebook cold turkey. Where I used to update my status a few times a day, I now save my wit for Twitter and update only once a week. I have never accepted all those stupid requests and only my mother has not figured that out by now. I even — gasp!– stopped wishing everyone and their dog a happy birthday.

  31. I agree that everyone should have a blog and forget the whole facebook thing. Facebook doesn’t tell you anything! I like to look at old friends’ pictures, but it would be so much better if they blogged about them! Then I could really be in touch! 🙂 And I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who ignores requests and thinks facebook is boring!!

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