Why you may want to delete Facebook

I’m deleting one of my Facebook accounts. 

Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed with all of my social media accounts. This is an attempt to make it a little less stressful.

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Last week I wrote a post about deleting one of my Facebook accounts. How to merge your Professional page and Newsfeed PUBLISHED ON January 6, 2017

Unfortunately, I don’t think I explained the reasons or process very well. So I’ll give it another go.

First, to avoid more confusion, I’ll refer to Facebook as “Facebook Account” and not page.

Why? Because it’s not really a page. Facebook Home/Newsfeed is the main page. But I’m going to talk a lot about pages and want to show you the difference.

I’ve had two Facebook Accounts forever. Like many of you, I’ve had a personal Facebook account for family and friends plus a professional Facebook account for my writing interests.

But more and more, I’m asked which account people should “like.” Many of my friends and family want to keep up with my process as a writer in addition to my personal exploits. (Love that word, exploits.)

Okay, back to why I’m deleting my personal Facebook account.

  • Time is the number one reason.
    • My time as well as the readers.
  • Clarity
    • Some people find it confusing that I have two Facebook Accounts.

Why keep my Professional Facebook Account?

  • I have pages on this account and don’t want to duplicate them on the one I use for personal.
  • More control.
    • I can post in one place.
  • If I want, I can add all types of pages.
    • Author page
    • Want to profile one of your characters? Make a character page.
    • Website page

Pages are different from your Newsfeed or Home page. Why would you want a page added? Lots of reasons.

  • To showcase your books.
  • To reference your website.
  • A bio page.
  • Personal page for family.

Bottom line, one Facebook account can cover all of my needs. Plus I won’t have to keep up with where and what I posted last.

Think you might want to add pages?

It’s easy! Watch!

Is this a little clearer?

Are you going to try?

Will just one Facebook account simply your life?

Let me know what you think.

Go here to “like” my Facebook page. Facebook at jeanswriting

More links for your reading pleasure at the bottom.

Leave a comment or click the “write me” tab or find for me on Twitter @jeancogdell, Facebook at jeanswriting and Amazon.com, stop by and say hey! The lights are on, and I’m waiting.

Please remember to share this post with your Twitter  peeps and Facebook fans.

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9 thoughts on “Why you may want to delete Facebook

  1. Thanks for this (and all) post, Jean. Two years ago I got off FB on New Year’s Day to eliminate mindless mental wandering and to escape a stalker. I reluctantly “re-upped” toward the end of the year because I was due to release my third book within a few months, and wanted to have Facebook as a way to connect and promote. I found the personal page ineffective for that. I’ve just posted on my PP that I will be shutting down (but retaining author page and website, of course) and feel relieved about my decision. Again, thanks for pointing us in a good direction.

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  2. Thank you Jean for revising this topic. Question- were you using a Facebook account as Jean Cogdell author? (not Jean Cogdell, regular person)? After reading your links and searching on Facebook, it appears that Facebook won’t let you use a personal account for a business- you have to change to a Page. Like D.E. Haggerty- I have had a personal account for fun and a separate Author Page. It’s easy for me to keep straight because I use a pen name. So, my Page is Jena.C. Henry, Author and my Facebook account is “regular me”. The Regular Me account is for all the family, friend, sports, “look at my puppy” posts. The Page is for my writing, blog posts, and posts that I (hope) relate to my writing. The advantage to having a page is that you can boost posts, set up ads, use metrics, and as you showed in your video, schedule posts. But you can only follow other pages. So, thanks for all the info- I think I am doing what I want! And sounds like you are all set!

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    1. You can do all of this stuff using just a Personal account. All you need to do is add an author page. You might want to consider that because you could put links and book info on that page. Your friends and family would only see it if they clicked on the “page.”

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  3. I think it’s important to figure out what works for you and spend your time on that. Personally, I don’t want my private facebook page full of stuff about my books & writing. I also don’t want my writer’s facebook page full of completely private stuff (although I do try to personalize myself somewhat). And so I keep two pages. Er… actually I have three. I have an additional page for my Readsalot blog, which is only for promoting writers. No wonder I never have any time 😉

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