After some thought, I’ve deleted my personal Facebook account. I’ve barely used it since around 2014. Maybe earlier.
(One of my publishers runs the Fiona Broome Facebook fan page. That will remain, and I will post there, occasionally.)
Here’s the short version…
The world has changed. The pace of daily life has changed, and so has the nature of the Internet.
As of 2017 (and perhaps earlier), social media and websites might not be my best way to share theories and research.
So, I’m reducing the time I spend, online. That means deleting some accounts, websites, and so on.
Leaving Facebook was just one of several changes ahead. I’m also redesigning my websites, editing older books, and working on new ones.
Here’s the full story…
Things changed over a year ago, when my Mandela Effect theories (and website) went viral. Suddenly, I was in the spotlight.
For me, this work has always been about the research. I’ve never wanted to be famous.
Having my work recognized was enough.
So, I’m not sure when I finally said, “This isn’t as much fun as I had in mind.”
Facebook was involved. As the ghost hunting audience shrunk in size, bickering started among famous friends, and those who wanted to be famous. (I’m sympathetic. Those who depended on TV success needed to maintain or even defend their popularity.)
Add the online political frenzy of 2016 & 2017, and I found all kinds of excuses not to visit Facebook.
But it wasn’t just Facebook. My Mandela Effect site was part of the problem.
I’ve discussed that in the past. Around 2015, that website stopped being a fun conversation among friends and fellow researchers. It started attracting all kinds of off-the-wall comments, plus the DDoS attacks, etc.
It’s why I never joined the Mandela Effect discussions at Reddit.
So, I’m bowing out of Facebook, and rethinking what I’m doing with my websites.
That’s not because of the insults.
It’s about the spotlight.
(Really, if I was interested in fame, I’d have taken it — with a nice paycheck — when I was offered my own TV series in 2004, and again in 2005, and in 2006, and so on.)
I’m editing — actually updating & radically rewriting — most of my books.
And, I am planning to write more books. At least one will describe what I’ve observed from behind the scenes at MandelaEffect.com. It’s been fascinating.
At this point, books make more sense than ever-expanding websites.
Where websites fail
In 1999, when I left GeoCities and launched HollowHill.com (my first paranormal website), people would spend hours reading one article after another. Usually, they seemed to read them in sequence, or at least figure out where the conversations started.
Today, people are more likely to land on an article that’s in the middle of a series. They’re busy and they’re looking for specific information.
Sequential website articles aren’t the best way to share my discoveries. They’re too easily taken out-of-context.
Note: This isn’t my own realization. It’s eloquently explained in a Kindle book called, Kill Your Blog. (Yes, that’s a harsh title, and the author’s pen name is regrettable. But, his logic and advice are sound.)
So, I’m changing how I manage my time, and how much I’m online.
When my children were little, we lived in Florida for a few years. We visited Disney World regularly… an average of twice a week.
We’d notice when the kids were starting to fade, and leave Disney while everyone was still (mostly) happy.
Later, we’d remember those visits with a smile. (Those memories might not be so happy if tantrums and meltdowns had been involved.)
This is the right time for me to leave Facebook. And, it’s the right time to make other changes.
Stay tuned for updates. I’ll share them here.