I started Facebook in 2008.
(Facebook was only open to college students when it began in 2004. Since 2006, it has been open to the public.)
"I heard a person judging, criticizing, and comparing others on Facebook. He said that she is fat and ugly on her pictures," I told my friend, Jon.
"When Facebook began, people were always excited in sharing their pictures and videos. Those were the days. It has changed now," Jon told me.
- It was the highlight reel of my life. I used to seek validation and attention to others.
- I used to judge, criticize, and compare others. It made me feel better about myself.
- I was focused on visiting Facebook. It was my number one priority in life. I was distracted by the number of likes and comments on my most recent post. It was a "waiting" game.
- I share my blog on Facebook. I have about 500 unique visitors reading my blog every week.
"The stories you share are remarkably human and insightful. Though we only met in person for a few days, I feel like I've grown to understand you better through your writing," one of my readers, Loren, told me. "I admire you recognizing where you still need to grow and giving us this lens into your personal journey. All this to just say, keep it up."
"Thank you very much. I am glad you are taking the time to read my stories," I answered. "We are communicating."
- I sell "stuff" on Facebook Marketplace. I am slowly decluttering my room (and my sister's room as well). Once a day, I check if there is any free stuff worth selling on Craigslist. Then, I sell the items on Facebook Marketplace. (I travel only 10 miles at the maximum radius within my home.) For example, I picked up a free 1950s vintage-style sofa and I sold it for $40.
My eyes are moving while I am driving. For example, I found a free massage chair recliner in front of a home. I sold it for $80.
"I like selling on FB Marketplace than Craigslist. You get to see my profile," I told one of my buyers. She agreed.
"Where did you get this?" One of my buyers asked me.
"I found it on Craigslist for free," I answered.
"This sofa needs tender loving care," owner told me.
"I am actually going to sell it. Thank you," I told her.
So far, I have made friends with a few of my buyers. For example, I talked to one of my buyers for about 90 minutes. We lost track of time.
Facebook used to take over my life. Most importantly, I use it as a tool now.
Thank you, Facebook.