Yes, damnit, I did it. I joined Facebook. I know some of you out there probably hate me for being a traitor to the cause of breastfeeding mamas everywhere, and believe me, it kept me from joining for a long time. But eventually, I realized how many people from my childhood and high school I could reconnect with, and combining that with how much spare time I currently have on my hands, it was a recipe for disaster. And so I gave in and joined.
And now? Now I spend hours a day on Facebook.
Of course, I don't actually think I'll keep spending so much time on it after I get used to it. A lot of the time I'm spending now is trying to find all the various people I want to add as friends, plus checking up on my friends list to see who's accepted my friend invitations, and then checking their friends to see if there are any more people to add as friends... So yeah, I'm desperate for friends. I like feeling popular - sue me.
Of course, I've added some of my bloggy friends to my Facebook community. The problem there is that, as many of you already know, "Lara David" is not my real name.
Yes, Lara is a nom de blog. I think of it as a pen name, but it's still me. Lara David is actually a very important part of my personality now, and I don't think of that name as a made-up person, or a lie, or anything like that. It's just... the name of my writer persona.
(If you're curious, by the way, this is the post where I sort of explain why I changed the name.)
But yeah, Lara David isn't my real name, which means when I send invites to be my friend, it comes from someone else. I figure my picture is enough to make it clear who I am, and I've generally only gone to folks who've been reading and/or commenting regularly enough for me to trust them with my real name.
And now, some questions:
1. Are you on Facebook? If so, what do you get out of it? If not, why not?
2. If you are on Facebook, do you want to be my friend? If you're not, do you want to be my friend anyway?
3. Did you know "Lara David" was a pen name? If so, did you know my real name also? If not, do you feel betrayed or lied to now that you know?
4. Boxers, briefs, or boxer-briefs?
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