Between WordPress and Facebook

JUST after I turned 64 in July 2007, I started blogging.

Thanks again to Raymond Palatino for encouraging me then, and pointing me to user-friendly WordPress.

I have an hour’s wait at the Incheon airport  before boarding my flight back to Manila, so I thought I’d do a quick blog. This is my 380th posting, but I realize I have not been blogging as regularly as I used to. I checked my last, and it is half a month ago.

But Facebook is a daily habit,  at least when I have internet access. Not yet an addiction though, since I did not experience any withdrawal symptoms when I spent two days with the Aetas in their upland ancestral domain near Mt. Pinatubo.

I don’t remember when I joined Facebook. What I remember is that for a time I resisted joining it (just as I still resist Twitter), because it seemed too intrusive and trivial.

It used to be through my blogs that my sister Irene in Puerto Rico, my son Yeyi and his family in Singapore, and friends in various parts of the world, could track my comings and goings. Now it’s through Facebook, and I think that’s one major reason why I don’t blog as often as I used to.

Anyway, I need not make a choice between WordPress and Facebook, since what I post in WordPress are transferred as Notes in Facebook. But I need to change my approach to blogging.

Why has Facebook claimed time and space in my life at the expense of WordPress?

I think of two reasons. One is the greater immediacy of feedback on Facebook. While I get a fair number of comments on my blogs (almost 1000 cumulatively), they are few and far between, and I rarely respond to them. In Facebook, there is faster give and take, “friends” can weigh in when they want, and the conversation can go as far as we want to take it.

The other reason is closely related to the idea of conversation. We need not wait to finish a paragraph or round off a thread of thought. As in most conversations, we can pause without finishing, someone can interrupt, or start another thread altogether.

Of all my blogs, the most read are those about Alternative Learning Systems, and the biggest number of comments are from out of school learners who ask how they can join, and did they pass the exams, and where can they check the results. Once or twice, I wrote a blog in response to all the comments, but haven’t really been able to answer most of them.

I better start a Facebook group on ALS. I presume that those who have sent their comments on WordPress will find it easier to send them on Facebook. ‘Headless chicken’ Ed dela Torre

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