Tuesday, February 24, 2009

On That Slippery Slope...

I did it: I finally signed up for Facebook.

Kate Bannister Tracton's Facebook profile

My webland evolution has been tortoise-like: slow and steady. First it was an email address, about 12 years ago. I was happy to dip my toes into the Web Pool with email, getting in touch with some old friends and current family. And it was great to be in such close, and frequent, contact. At the time, I thought email was about all the internet I was interested in. How wrong I was!

In the mid-90's, Marble Man, my resident techno-geek, told me I should have a website. So, we designed one, and after several permutations, got it to where I'm happy with the way it came out. Of course, no one EVER goes there! So, I use it mostly as an online catalog for store buyers and potential customers.

After the website was up for a while, I got turned onto blogging. And well, it was Marble Man who (once again) told me I should start one. After a bunch of false starts and some resistance on my part, I found my voice. You can see from my sidebar just how much I've enjoyed it. I've even learned a bit of html code so I can tweak my template. (I can't leave anything alone!) If there is a way to make my site reflect my own tastes, then I'll figure it out.

Last year, I signed up with Etsy.com. That was a big leap for me ~ having to take all those pictures, upload all my inventory, etc. But it's been good, and I've had some sales from it.

Now, along comes Facebook. Marble Man's family convinced him to sign up for it this weekend when they were all together. I was very surprised that he did it. But, he's been telling me about it and sounding so animated that I checked into it for myself. I never thought I'd do this - I mean, to have so many people out there able to see what you are up to minute-by-minute, seemed very intrusive to me. I signed up anyway - as Marble Man said "c'mon, honey! Get with the Millennium, already!"

I got my page all set up, lined up some "friends", and have been poking around the site getting familiar with it. So far today, I've been on Facebook for about 5 hours. I think I might need an intervention! As one of my friends just posted: "Slowly, back away from the computer..."

12 comments:

lori vliegen said...

congrats on taking the plunge...you are one step ahead of me, kiddo! facebook is unchartered waters in my world, and for the very reason why you may need an intervention, is why i've resisted temptation of signing up. throw twitter into the mix, and i'm afraid my skin would turn as grey as my hair wants to be, and i'd never see the light of day again! but, who knows, maybe someday i'll bite the bullet...
:)

Terri said...

OK Kate, now it's time for Twitter!!

3rdEyeMuse said...

woohoooo! just remember, it's YOU who decides when to log on or not. :) have fun with it.

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

You're like a kid with a new toy! The novelty will wear off...

High Desert Diva said...

I'm on FB, but haven't caught the craze yet....I just added you to my friend list, btw. Don't know if the request will come under High Desert Diva or my name...

Jewllori by Lori said...

I added you!! Great that you made it on facebook!!

ElegantSnobbery said...

Welcome to Facebook! LOL, its a lot of work trying to figure out (at least I think so) but I was able to get in touch with everyone I was friends with in high school and college, and now I feel like I don't need to go to my high school reunion this year, thanks to Facebook! Hurray!

Gabriela said...

Hello Kate,

Yes, some of us are on Twitter.


~ Gabriela ~

Andrea said...

A new place to play...have fun!

Fete et Fleur said...

I love how you cannot not mess with stuff. That is so me too!!

Nancy

Enzie at World Market Portraits said...

Web sites are great to show case one's work, but nothing makes you appreciate all the talent out in the world, than to visit blogs and interact with people via face book. I am glad to made the leap!

paula l. mandel said...

Kate: The only thing we now need is a way to add more hours to the day. You are the techno queen, my dear and it's great to be able to interact in so many ways. Love,