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How Darren Rowse Liberated My Facebook Account

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I was reluctant to embrace Facebook and fought it for several years. I had Twitter and that was enough of a time suck for me. The problem with Twitter was that my family and personal friends weren’t really a part of it. So I joined Facebook to be keep in touch.

That was all she wrote.

Thanks to Facebook I’m back in touch with friends from the old neighborhoods. I’m chatting with the boy who I walked to kindergarten with and the girl I babysat after high school each evening. I’m in touch with former co-workers and long lost relatives. Facebook has brought back a life that I’ve been missing, but it also created a problem.

The personal Deb was digging Facebook. The professional Deb was also digging Facebook. I friended writing, blogging and social media friends.  I mean, it’s all about promoting and pimping my stuff, right?

Here’s Where it Starts to Go Wrong…

I always say Facebook is the extended family picnic and Twitter is the rock concert. Something happened though, and it all got mixed up. All of a sudden folks are bringing the guitars and the amplifiers to my picnic and I can’t hear above the noise. I’m logging on to find nothing but promotional links from people I don’t recognize. Seriously, who are these people? Why are they looking at pictures of my son?

Yesterday I was chatting via email with a friend and she mentioned her morning sickness. When I congratulated her, she mentioned it was old news as she’s been talking about it on Facebook for weeks. That’s when I realized how much the noise and the links were getting in the way of what is really important. I love my social media life, but I need to have a place for me and the special people in my world.

Something had to change.

Blame it on Darren Rowse

So yesterday,  I came upon a post by Darren Rowse informing many of us we’d be purged from his Facebook account. It wasn’t personal, he assured us, but he wanted to have a place where he could spend time with his friends and family alone.  I didn’t blame him because I had been considering the same thing. Darren’s post cinched it for me.

I have a fan page for my blog network so folks can go there for updates, and I have my Twitter account where I (over)actively chat with many online friends. Surely that’s enough?

Yesterday, I began cleaning up my Facebook account. Most of the business acquaintances will be removed though there are some writing and social media friends I’m choosing to keep as Facebook friends because they became real friends as well. I hope those who I unfriended understand, though. As Darren said, it truly is nothing personal.

I’d like to be able to chat on Facebook without worrying what details are being released to the public.  I want to feel comfortable in sharing family or school stuff and photographs to family and friends.

Am I jumping on a bandwagon? Probably. I’ll admit I got the idea from somewhere else, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. When you work out of your home and there’s a blur between the virtual world and the real world, you don’t want to say “no” when folks ask to be your friends.

I need my quiet place.

That’s More Like It

I’ve so far un-friended about 25o people from my Facebook account. Today I was able to read actual news from my friends. It wasn’t lost in links, retweets and cause requests.

It’s good to be home.

Deb Ng is a writer, blogger and founder of the Freelance Writing Jobs network. Follow her on Twitter @debng.

Sneak Peak of “Make Money Online with a Blog Panel”

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with with Jim Kukral who is hosting the “Make Money Online with a Blog” panel.  I wanted to give you a sneak peak of what to expect from the panel and asked him the questions featured below.

The panel is going to feature:

  • John Chow
  • Brian Clark
  • Zac Johnson
  • Darren Rowse
  • Jeremy Schoemaker
  • Jim Kukral

why did jim organize the panel?

It’s not often you can get this many top bloggers in the same state, yet alone room at a conference. Putting this panel together of bloggers of this caliber only makes sense for the one true blogging show which is the BlogworldExpo. The bottom line is, that these top bloggers have years of experience in monetizing blogs and can share their insights on how they’ve made money over the years. That’s what everyone wants to know… the inside tips and tricks on how to make money with their blog, and that’s what this panel will deliver.

what should the audience expect?

They should expect the panel to be pushed into giving away secrets. They should expect the panel to review blogs live on the stage and give real-time feedback on those blogs and how they, the panelists themselves, would monetize them. They should expect to ask specific questions to the panelists and get specific answers about making money with their blog.

why is each panelist qualified to be up there?

Well, if you read through their bios (link to bios), you can see why each is qualified. Suffice it to say for this article, that this panel is pulling together the elite group of high-traffic and money producing blogs online. Sure, there are others out there that are well-known as well, but these bloggers focus their blogs on helping bloggers learn how to make money, so it’s appropriate for them to speak on this subject above others who may have more traffic or income.

We are very excited to have Jim hosting the panel and we hope to see you there!

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Sneak Peak of "Make Money Online with a Blog Panel"

Author:

I recently had the opportunity to speak with with Jim Kukral who is hosting the “Make Money Online with a Blog” panel.  I wanted to give you a sneak peak of what to expect from the panel and asked him the questions featured below.

The panel is going to feature:

  • John Chow
  • Brian Clark
  • Zac Johnson
  • Darren Rowse
  • Jeremy Schoemaker
  • Jim Kukral

why did jim organize the panel?

It’s not often you can get this many top bloggers in the same state, yet alone room at a conference. Putting this panel together of bloggers of this caliber only makes sense for the one true blogging show which is the BlogworldExpo. The bottom line is, that these top bloggers have years of experience in monetizing blogs and can share their insights on how they’ve made money over the years. That’s what everyone wants to know… the inside tips and tricks on how to make money with their blog, and that’s what this panel will deliver.

what should the audience expect?

They should expect the panel to be pushed into giving away secrets. They should expect the panel to review blogs live on the stage and give real-time feedback on those blogs and how they, the panelists themselves, would monetize them. They should expect to ask specific questions to the panelists and get specific answers about making money with their blog.

why is each panelist qualified to be up there?

Well, if you read through their bios (link to bios), you can see why each is qualified. Suffice it to say for this article, that this panel is pulling together the elite group of high-traffic and money producing blogs online. Sure, there are others out there that are well-known as well, but these bloggers focus their blogs on helping bloggers learn how to make money, so it’s appropriate for them to speak on this subject above others who may have more traffic or income.

We are very excited to have Jim hosting the panel and we hope to see you there!

check out my blog

follow me on twitter

BlogHaus at SxSW

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SxSW interactive officially opened registration yesterday morning and had some preliminary panels yesterday afternoon but today things really kicked off when the BlogHaus (sponsored by AMD, b5 media, and Podtech) opened. The blogeratti was out in force and social media gurus were elbow to elbow in the jam packed room. Robert Scoble, Chris Heuer, Chris Brogan, Brian Solis, Liz Straus, Jim Turner, Maggie Fox, Jeremy Wright, Hugh MacLoud, Wendy Piersal, Jason Falls, Darren Rowse, Kris Smith and far too many others to name.

What is a BlogHaus?

Just as blogging, podcasting, et-al is the future of media think of the Bloghaus and other iterations like it as the future of the old fashioned press room. Mogulus is live streaming interviews the lounge.

Stephanie Agresta AKA Internet Geek Girl and Valerie Cunningham from Podtech did a fantastic job organizing the lounge.

It is really great to see companies like AMD understanding the value of engaging the blogosphere and investing in the space so I thought it was appropriate to interview Scott Carroll the PR Manager from AMD who coordinated AMD’s involvement in the BlogHaus.

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