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My Facebook Experiment

The end of March 2019, (where has the time gone?) I made the momentous decision to leave Facebook. I migrated over to a site called MeWe, which for all sakes and purposes, had the ability to change social media by avoiding all the privacy issues we faced on Facebook.

After seven months, I can report that my experiment was a failure. I lost traffic to my blog and my stats were down. I never realized how much traffic I received from Facebook. Lesson learned!

Even worse, I lost contact with my author community. I felt isolated and alone.

Social media consumes us all and even though I fight it, I realize that I’m not happy without my author community. In addition, I made it too hard for my readers to stay in touch. But, I’ve got a remedy for that!

So, I’m back. It’s that simple. I’ve had to start over with a new profile and page. But you know what? I’ll still keep my MeWe account because who knows? We might need it if the apocalypse comes.

I hope you’ll reconnect with me: Colleen M. Chesebro Facebook Page

Colleen Chesebro on Facebook

Help me find your pages and profiles. <3

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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73 Comments

  1. Huge hugs, sis. love ya. <3

  2. As much as we’d like to get away from the Facebook madness, it’s still a viable platform. Thanks for sharing your experience and glad you are back!

  3. So many problems with privacy on Facebook – but it is indeed a way to keep connections going. Sort of like the evil you put up with… welcome back!

    • Thanks, Noelle. Nothing is private anymore. Besides, I was busy moving and relocating to Arizona. At the same time, I had health issues and my husband’s brother’s Parkinson’s increased. There was so much going on. At the time, I made the right decision to leave. Now, I’m back and taking it slow. ❤️

  4. Well, you never know until you try. Nice profile pic, Colleen!

  5. Welcome back Colleen. You were missed. x

  6. I’d wondered where you’d gone. I’ve missed you. Then yesterday I saw your friend request and was puzzled. Usually, when someone you’re already friends with asks to be your friend, it’s a scam. So I ignored request. So glad that I saw this post. I’ll go friend you immediately. You are a bright light that went out for a bit but glad you’re back.

  7. Hi Colleen, does this mean you don’t want to be part of my MeWe street team for book promotion?

  8. I’m glad to see you are back Colleen. Have just refriended you!

  9. I think MeWe needs a lot more time to develop properly. FB isn’t perfect, but it has a lot going for it!

  10. Welcome back, Colleen. I have accepted your friend request and am delighted you are back. I don’t like MeWe, I got to many weirdos asking to be friends and people posting inappropriate things on my group which I had to delete.

  11. I can’t even keep up with WordPress…I admire your discipline. You do need your connections if you are a published author though. (K)

  12. Yes, you lost your momentum and ditched people along the way…

  13. Oh phooey! I have been too busy (longgggg story) to do either Facebook or try MeWe. I was inclined to try it. If I don’t have time for one, how can I do both? Oh well, maybe next year. LOL. This WAS supposed to be the switch after Google + went away–didn’t happen.

  14. Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I don’t have to get dizzy flipping back and forth LOL <3

  15. I just liked your page. I hope it helps!

  16. I wondered why you popped back up on Facebook today! Friend request accepted 😀
    I have tried MeWe, but exactly as you say, there’s no interaction, just an endless stream of posts which isn’t what I want from social media.
    Welcome back.

  17. I just couldn’t get the hang of MeWe. Glad to see you back on FB. I followed you.

  18. I just realised I haven’t been on mewe for a couple of weeks and never noticed 🙁

  19. You must miss the interaction that you get with FB. I never use it so don’t miss it, but I can see it must be like losing your phone and all the contacts on it.

  20. Welcome back Colleen and I added you at FB 🙂

  21. Liked the page 👍

  22. That’s a bummer. I thought for sure that it would have been a smaller deal than that.

  23. I’ve already friended you!!! <3 welcome back sis.

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