The One With the Hermit

I've noticed lately that I haven't really been in the mood to blog or be that social on social networking sites. At first I thought it was just... a kind of natural fatigue that comes with blogging for almost ten years (yes, you read that correctly) and being hyperactive on Facebook for something like five years. I was talking to someone the other day about how, in some small way, I still wish that Facebook had stayed a college-only perk, if only because it's now become exponentially easier to be the victim of oversharing. Oversharing that could involve future employers stumbling across pictures of you drinking underage or that semi-slutty/offense Halloween costume you probably should have decided against; oversharing that could lead to a stranger figuring out exactly where you leave/getting your email/cell phone number/what-have-you. You get the picture. Weird, but it felt like Facebook used to be a little bit more of a "community of trust," if only for the "I won't email around your drunk and stupid pictures if you won't send around mine." That's obviously an exaggeration (... sort of), but I have realized lately that while I want to have a presence on the web, the only way I'll ever feel good about it is if I try to create some boundaries and privacy. I am a genuinely shy person (I'm working on this), and I really do value my privacy. With some obvious exceptions, I think writers tend to be a little more introverted than extroverted, so I know I'm probably not alone out there in feeling this way. My Facebook is pretty much private and devoid of information to anyone I'm not friends with (and shouldn't show up when a stranger searches for me, but who knows with these new Facebook privacy policies?). Please don't take offense if you find me there and I don't friend you back. I'm more than happy to chat with everyone on Twitter and GoodReads, and I think Brightly Woven will be getting a fan page on Facebook soon--I'll post the link as soon as I get it. :)

In other, completely unrelated news, my friend Carlin is coming to visit me over MLK Day weekend!! I'm really excited, as I haven't seen her since we graduated. I was holding out hope that she would find a way to come to Homecoming last October, but no dice. I'm going to try to visit her down in New Orleans eventually (I think she lives in the cooler city!), but I'm so very happy to have her up here for a few days. I must say this every time I talk about her, but Carlin is the friend who received the original version of BW as a birthday present... or at least she got half of it, since it wasn't really done yet (still feeling a little bad about that...).

P.S. Here's another early review of BW.

P.P.S. Only 76 more days!!