For those of you who have been connected to me on Facebook, this posting from my other blog, Pig Squash Press, explains why I am no longer there. I deactivated my Facebook account this morning. I have several books I am working on and hope to release later this year, including another book on Liuhebafa. Facebook, while fun, is mainly Wild Horse Chasing Wind – and as such, is not conducive to sustained creative thought and writing. You can always reach me here on my blog or on Twitter @KimPigSquash. May you be Parting Clouds to See Sun. –Kim Goldberg 🙂

Pig Squash Press

I did a radical thing this morning. I deactivated my Facebook account.

facebook.jpgI joined Facebook several years ago (in 2008 or 2009—who can remember?). And in that time, I have accumulated lots of Facebook friends—more than 1,300.

Facebook has been useful to me professionally for promoting my books and readings, selling books, getting invited to literary festivals and other paid gigs, and for connecting me with the global community of poets and writers.

It has also been useful for getting advice on a good dentist, or the best local breakfast joint, or for swiftly solving bizarre technical problems that arise for any of us using computers and software. I even found out the best way to de-ice my car-door lock.

Besides which, Facebook is F*U*N !!! And stimulating. And a source of laughs. And sharing. And camaraderie. And blowing off steam.

And therein lies its perniciousness for a writer who…

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About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is an award-winning poet and journalist and the author of 7 books. Latest titles: UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact: goldberg@ncf.ca
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