Using Facebook, Twitter and the future of Fallible Blogma

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Happy new year, everyone! I want to announce a few changes to how I’ll be using FallibleBlogma.com, Facebook and Twitter this new year. I’ve been a bit busy this last week sorting some of this out, which is why it’s been so quiet.

First, I think I will be posting less “Blogma” to my personal Facebook wall. Facebook has been a valuable and effective tool for meeting so many new, wonderful and inspiring people. And it’s been a blessing to share our faith daily over a current Catholic headline, controversy or commentary. The experience has been both edifying and educational. So I thank you for that. And that will continue in many ways. However, now that so many of my close family and friends are also on Facebook and using it regularly, I want to make my relationships with them the priority that they are.

There is so much noise on Facebook already that it’s easy to miss real opportunities to nourish our true friendships. Instead we end up taking some meaningless poll, or calculating how many degrees you are from Kevin Bacon, or building a fake farm, or becoming a fan of “Pushing those little buttons on the lids of fast food drinks,” or creeping on profiles and walls of people we don’t know, or in a serious comment-debate about some off-the-cuff comment somebody thoughtlessly typed from their phone while driving in traffic and eating a sandwich about a bumper sticker they just saw that – no matter what the topic – inevitably ends up getting blamed on George Bush, all occurring on some friend-of-a-friend’s wall who lives hundreds of miles away that you’ll never meet. I don’t want to contribute to that noise and distraction.

I will still post articles I write from time to time on my Facebook wall. But they will – I hope – be more conducive to building up my friendships and/or sharing myself with those I love. I will be using the Facebook Fallible Blogma Fan Page a lot more for other posts. So make sure and follow there if interested!

Second, a much better format for just blasting out little bits of information has popularly emerged: Twitter.  My Twitter page is where I will be sharing all of the little bits of news, content or links that I come across daily.  Recently I have been posting and commenting on a lot of such information here on FallibleBlogma.com.  I won’t be doing that anymore.  Simply follow me on Twitter to get all of that info.

Third, I will be using FallibleBlogma.com to post a little less frequent, but more personal blog posts on my faith, culture and other topics.  I am cutting out some of the “link-to” posts (about current events, politics, etc.) for a few reasons.  One, I’m tired of so much noise.  Two, you can get that info from a lot of other sources (and links to them from my Twitter page).  Three, it is very time consuming and much more appropriate (as I mentioned above) for a service like Twitter.  Four…and…

Fourth, I have been asked to be a blogger for National Catholic Register on their renovated website launching this week (I start on Wednesday).  So I will be discussing and commenting on a lot of that kind of stuff there as well.  I am excited, honored and humbled to be joining their team of amazing Catholic minds and writers.

Just wanted to give you all a heads up on what’s in my head. You can follow Fallible Blogma many ways.  One of the best ways may be to just sign up by email.  Also, please follow my posts in National Catholic Register if you’d like.  I will be writing there primarily about New Media. And I will be posting (normally) on Wed, Thur and Fri there.

I am very blessed to have such awesome, loving and respectful Fallible Blogma readers.  Thank you for your continued support!  God bless.  It’s going to be a very exciting 2010!

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Joe McClane January 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Congrats Matt on the NCR blog! Looking forward to your posts.

God Bless You
Joe

Marilyn Henley January 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Congratulations, Matt. I immediately went to the National Catholic Register site and signed up for the daily emails.

Angela Santana January 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Congrats on the NCR gig! You’ll make our generation heard & proud!

Matthew Warner January 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm

You all are great! Thank you SO much for your support!

Joshua of Catholic Tech Tips January 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Congrats Matt on the NCR blog! I, like you, use Facebook mostly for Friends and Family (with the exception of a select few online friends like you, Angela, and Rebecca) Twitter is where I “play” and LinkedIn is where I “work”. But, really I’ve made an effort to cut back a bit in most areas of my life (which the exception of faith, family, and exercise).

Dawn Farias January 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Those are a lot of good points. Congratulations on your NCR blog!!

Denise January 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Congratulations on the NCR blog! As to cutting back here and reprioritizing, good for you, that you can take the time to look at what’s important and what is just more noise–and change accordingly.

Dean Soto January 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm

That is awesome, my friend. Good job on the NCR spot.

Good points in regards to Facebook. It’s too personal to promote blog stuff anyway. Fan pages are the way to go, but even then, it’s just one more place that you need to keep track of. Plus, I’d rather have people join my blog community than a facebook fan page. I may be short sighted, but a blog that is augmented using Twitter (to build new relationships) seems the best way to maintain a blog, and still have a personal life.

joe sales January 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Matt, Congrats on the NCR blog!! All the best to you with that. I invite you to follow me on twitter @ mrjoesales thanks

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