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Jan152011

Facebook or Blog...

... that is the question.

I love my blog. Love love love it, but she's definitely become the neglected step-child in my writing life. What is up with that?

I write so much more in Facebook and wondered if other bloggers do the same. I throw out links and comment, I answer questions, sometimes in full-length posts. Why don't they end up here?

When I started the Navelgazing Midwife Facebook Page, I didn't realize it was going to morph into the luscious Question & Answer forum it's becoming. It's become apparent that those questions and answers must find light over here in the blog; they are simply too profound to leave lingering in Facebook.

But is there the risk of people reading one or the other, thinking I'm merely duplicating Facebook and why bother reading the blog at all? Do I have more to say than the snippets I snark in Facebook? Should I drag some of those articles over here and comment more elaborately?

I have so, so many blog posts mid-written... great ones like "Comment on 'What Feminists Need to Know About Birthrape,'" "Getting Your Medical Records," "Lying to Your Care Provider," "Demonstrate Seriousness in a Birth Career" and "Decisions in Midwifery: Legal, Ethical and Practical." Some are now so out-of-date, they'll need to be completely re-written, but are still great premises to jump off of. I also get suggestions for topics to write about every few days. Some are appealing; others aren't my specialty, so aren't enticing at all.

I know I have to figure out a balance, but each place has their... uh... place! in my writing world. What do other bloggers do? Thank goodness I don't tweet, too! I'd drive myself bonkers.

So, for today, work on blog posts. I have a lot of Facebook posts to bring over and then I'd love to actually finish one of the articles I have going. But, there's that birth plan on that other site worth critiquing, too.

Decisions, decisions.

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I haven't blogged much since I started sharing birth links and stuff on f/b. Part of it is the time factor, part of it is just being comfy with f/b. I used to have no problem with posting a link and saying a line or two about it, and that would be the full post; now it seems just so much easier and more "facebook-y" to link to it there. If I have something more to say, I keep thinking I'll write a post (I have a few in my head, with several tabs open in my browser... for the past several months!), that are definitely too big/heavy/long for f/b.

As far as what you do - I follow you both on f/b and on the blog, and even though I usually participate in your Q&A on the blog, I also enjoy reading the full posts here, because many times I won't read other people's comments on the f/b page (either because I didn't have the time to read them before, or didn't check after I posted), so that lets me "catch up."

Plus, many people don't check f/b every day, so may miss something interesting on your page, and may catch up via the blog, esp. if they use something like Google Reader, and see an unread post.

In short -- it's your blog and your f/b page, so do what you want. :-)

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

I've never commented here, but just wanted to let you know that I read your blog but don't follow the Facebook page (I'm not pregnant and don't have kids, and don't necessarily want all my family and friends to know I'm following natural-birth blogs because it could lead to awkward questions), so I hope you'll keep putting at least some of the information here on the blog so I can follow it a little more anonymously! Thank you for all you do.

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I really love your blog and am not on Facebook (seriously). I hope you can keep up both ;)

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjillian

I agree with Hannah - I'm interested in your discussions and thoughts, but I can't follow the Facebook page for anonymity and work reasons. Blog is better for me even if it's just a weekly digest!

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQoB

Please keep blogging. As a busy parent with lots of FB friends, my feed scrolls by so fast that I all too often miss the discussions on your NGM fan page until they are many hours old. Also, FB has stopped notifying me of new comments to discussions on fan pages I read, even when I have participated in those discussions, so I often never get to go back to see how those discussions pan out. I feel like I'd miss so much of what's going on with you if you gave up blogging. I miss the old days of mailing lists sometimes...

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLili

I vote for keeping the blog! Facebook is great, but it generally focuses on sharing others' articles and small soundbytes. Additionally, it doesn't create a great body of personal articles (like a blog does) that are easily accessible from a Google search - Facebook is usually just for people who are already fans/groupies/in-the-know. Hope to see your blog continue!

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiana J.

Y'all are so inspirational! I'm writing!! Thank you. :)

January 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

I definitely prefer blogs. I know a lot of people use FB, though, so I set my blog up to feed all content into FB (and Twitter, too)...basically to make it easier for people to follow me. But I don't put any new or different content on FB. I don't have time for more than one social media platform!

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRixa

Please please keep the blog!!
I've not commented before now (mostly because I've been slowly catching up on all the old posts) but I love the blog!

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa H

I don't think there was a threat of losing the blog, but was wondering if I was being redundant... and not reader-worthy so. You've all helped, though, so thanks.

Rixa, so it's tempting to do what you do, feeding from here to there, but then I'd miss all the dee-lights of everyone else's life! *laughing*

I often wonder what my online life would be like if I'd have had it with young kids. Would I have totally neglected my children and been an online maniac (like now) or would I have been a little-known birth person who sometimes checked email when I thought of it. Hard call. (Oh, and moderation isn't a commonly used word in my life.)

January 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Please keep the blog. Facebook I can take or leave - i'm not a fan.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I'm in the same spot as Hannah. I check your FB page some but don't follow it because I'm not pregnant and don't have biological children, so it would lead to some awkward questions from friends and family. So I hope you can keep both! I'm learning so much!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Blogging is a record. We women need witnesses to support birth as it can be. (I am thinking about how an elderly woman told a man at Treblenka that he needed to survive as a witness). We need to be able to find your archive. Someone may stumble upon this blog in a day or a week or a year, and see a post and heal from a terrible birth experience. Or maybe a woman will become informed and NOT allow things to happen to her. I know I will try to educate my daughters with blogs like this one before they have babies. I homeschool, and I will not wait to let them learn about birth options until they are out of my house, out of their teens. I want them to know that even if they have a c-section, they can have some power and control in birth. Even if it's to remember to bring their own hat to the birth so they have that ONE thing...even if all else fails.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Eek! If there ever was a reason!!! Thanks, Dawn. :)

January 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Oh and, I have had a really bad experience BUT most of my births were pretty good, and all were great in that I have 7 lovely children (and not in the "at least you have a healthy baby" way). So, I know it sounds negative, but really, birth isn't always that bad even in the hospital. It's just that it has bad aspects when a woman feels put down. We for some reason tend to focus on that. This blog gives firstly a very empowering message, but also is no nonsense about the risks of birth. Sometimes we are wounded emotionally, and sometimes fixated, but a blog like this can give a well rounded view if one reads through the posts. I know my emotions on birth have evolved as has my thinking over the years. Just wanted to add that because I realize my last reply was sort of fatalistic sounding....

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Facebook moves so quickly for me, I really do like the blog because I can stop in and sit down and read, whereas facebook I get distracted between people chatting, my feed advancing rapidly, etc etc. But I do enjoy reading the Q and A on your facebook as well, there are plenty of comments that I can either relate to/would like to comment. Often I'm stopping by on my BlackBerry, though, and I find it tedious to type out a comment only to have it stated exactly by someone else within minutes. I don't type it fast enough, or by the time I come back to it it's off of my feed.

Anyway, I do love your blog and coming back to read topics or look at pictures. I love your photography.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrhonda

I love your blog, not on facebook and this is my only chance to see your writing. I hope you don't feel your blog is redundant. It looks like you have a great following here.

Erin

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentererin

Oh, I know all too well-- in fact I am convinced that Facebook and its convenience has killed my blog! I am sure it has to do with having 5 kids, 3 of them pretty little, but I know I will blog again soon...anyhow you MUST blog! I insist! And for me, I will be trying to again...it was such a birthy blog and now that I am done having babies, and have gone from activist to preggo to survivor to depressed Mama, right now, facebook and its little snippets and blurbs are all I have :)

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHousefairy/Joy

I don't follow Facebook, so I only read the blog and would miss it if it wasn't updated!

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

I am a midwife in Australia and mum of two under two. I very recently started my own blog - www.midwifemum.com. I came across your blog while searching for other midwifery blogs. I really enjoy reading your posts. I have my own fb page where I only add people I know. Like Rixa, I link all my blog posts automatically to fb and twitter. That's where most of my readers come from atm, though I'm hoping my readership will increase to those outside my friends soon. I don't have a fb fan page for midwifemum (I seriously don't know how I'd keep up). Maybe you could just post Q&A stuff on your fan page but answer by linking back to your
blog posts? I'm going to go and become a fan of NGM on fb now!!
Keep up the inspiring work!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

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