I have discussed with people many times about Facebook, and the things about how this is killing our time.
Spending time on Facebook and checking one profile after another have become one of our daily routine. We are stumbling our friends profiles and checking their activities, their pictures, their videos etc.
Have you ever spent some time thinking on this topic?
In my case I tried this many times and I just failed.
Last week I was feeling too much stressed and tried to figured out the reason behind this. I was surprised to realize that Facebook was the only reason behind my stress because I was spending too much time on it (even I was not replying to everyone, but still my loved ones are too many on Facebook :)).
So finally I took the decision and said bye bye to Facebook for few days.
Let's discuss some of the good things which I found after quitting Facebook.
I joined few communities on Google Plus
As a blogger I knew about the fact that Google plus is a big factor to improve search engines ranking (specially in Google), but I never tried it personally. The big reason behind not trying this was, I was too much active on Facebook and I never found time to think something else. For me Facebook was everything.
After I deactivated my Facebook account, I started looking on other social media websites and obviously the very first name came in my mind was Google plus.
I opened communities section and started looking for the communities of my interest.
I was totally amazed to see that some communities have 200 thousand+ people, and too much of the communities very active.
These communities are just like Facebook groups where people interact with each other.
Here is the screenshot of traffic which I got in last 5 days from Google Plus.
Note: I shared my links in Facebook groups, so people were coming from those previously shared links.
What I got here was 195 new visits in 5 days from Google plus, which from my point of view is not a bad number.
The best things you will get after joining these communities is getting +1 for your articles. Each time someone will press +1 on your article in the communities, it will be added on your article's +1 count also (I loved this :)).
Lesson: Don't waste your time on Facebook and try finding some other great opportunities on other social media platform. Once you will be very active in Google plus communities then Google will start loving you (my assumption).
I tried Reddit
By chance I just stumbled across Reddit and found that people are asking questions on Reddit and there are various active sections from where we can drive good traffic on our blogs.
Reddit is a great question answer platform where you can ask many genuine questions and people would love to help you.
Lesson: Try Reddit atleast once and see the benefits and number of visits which you will get at free of cost. Participate in discussions and help people by giving them appropriate links of articles.
I tried MakeUseOf
This was one of the best thing I did after quitting Facebook. I spent too much of time looking into Ask Tech Help section and tried to figured out what kind of problems people are having.
I studies their questions and read many questions to figure out what kind of answers people are giving them.
This step helped me to find many ideas for one of my tech blog.
Note: Don't try to SPAM or ask unnecessary questions, because once you will do this, they will ban your account.
Lesson: This is an awesome community with awesome people sitting there to help each other. Ask questions and help people and see the benefits later on.
I found some peace in life
Believe me or not but I was completely stress free, and enjoyed my life in those 5 days.
The reason behind this was – I was free from replying too many people.
At an average I was getting 20 messages on Facebook and most of the them were queries like “Why my posts are not indexing?” “How to get AdSense account?” “How to drive traffic on my blog” and one of the most common and in majority of numbers was “Please check my blog and tell me what can I improve?”
Atleast I was free from such queries and I did some works like improving my English (yeah, I still write very poor English), I watched many motivational videos and few other things.
I read too much blogs (and still reading them)
This was one of the activity which I was missing from last too many days. I was not reading other blogs and it was like one big stone in front of me stopping to read. Later I found that it was Facebook. 🙂
I read my top most favorites blog and tried to read as many article as I could read from them.
Lesson: After reading about Pat in his book LetGo, one thing was clear that everything happens for a reason and his life is a live example in front of us. So we should not worry if there are obstacles or things are not happening like we wanted them to happen. If something wrong is going in your life then this is going to give us gold stone in future.
I am going to stay away from this for few more days (even I have re-activated my Facebook account but I am not replying to anyone) and going to figure out some more ways to get more attention and readers.
Now your turn
Please share your thoughts and let me know about your vies about this topic.
Should we completely leave it?
Should we reduce the time?
Should we neglect people on Facebook?
What are your thoughts on it?