“At the Scent of Wonder,” available in my new gallery, Easter…Spring…and Mother’s Day
So… I’ve resisted for a long time. I just didn’t want to get involved with it. With one more thing to keep up with. With counting – and , ugh, comparing! — the numbers of those who might call me “friend.”
In some very real ways, it conjures up all those “less than” sort of feelings of never quite measuring up to high school popularity contests… especially next to those today now into the literal thousands of follower names…
I’ve always been a “hold a few dear friends close rather than hundreds of acquaintances to occasionally smile at” sort of gal. And, um, biggest question — Since most of my closest friends aren’t even on it, who would I invite to “my party?”
Plus, well, I have this blog (actually two, now that I have my art blog as well) where I enjoy sharing with all of you…
So…ahem… really… what is all the hoopla about Facebook?????
Quite out of the blue, everywhere I turned, voices began clamoring and hammering the answer to that question at me… until…maybe a bit slow, but clued into the way the Lord often uses people to get our attention with witty ideas… I began mulling it over. At the scent of wonder… “Are YOU in favor of this for me God?”
“You really need to ‘get with the times!!'” my hairdresser and friend teased me. “Get yourself out there with your artwork!”
“I don’t get how it will make a difference,” I answered. “I’ve got an online presence with two blogs that I am constantly linking up to others to read…”
“Yeah, but when someone ‘likes’ or ‘shares’ your posts on Facebook, it can go out to hundreds of thousands of people who might never else see it!” she encouraged. “You just don’t know what God could open up…”
“You really need to get on Facebook with these!” my friend at the local Print shop repeatedly enjoined nearly every time I stepped into the store.
Each time, I smiled, shrugged…
Argggh…. I thought. I once tried to ‘fudge’ some info in to FB just so I could read some writer friends’ pages, and now it just seemed too muddled.
Until about a week ago.
Okay, I’m going to try this God, I thought.
After some exacerbating moments grunting and whining to myself at trying to locate settings and such (why they are almost hidden and indecipherable at times is beyond me!), I suddenly found my page up and running!
I won’t be making it the typical sort of confiding kind of page – because I’d rather save that writing and sharing for here.
For the last week or so, I’ve really thought of it as mostly an avenue to share my artwork in a way that brings it faster to people, hopefully sparks some interest, brings people to my art blog and orders!
Still… after reading the FB pages of others now, I see how FB can and should be an avenue for a quick and lilting uplift to others. An opportunity to make it a spot where a “friend” can light for a moment to catch a smile in a harried world.
My favorites are those of friends who are posting delightfully simple and mostly uplifting, inspiring FB pages with vignettes in photos, fun or silly or interesting or lovely videos, and keeping up to date with daily goings on in their families. Or even just sharing a bit of their own hearts, ups and downs.
But then… oh, there are so many others that are simply cataloguing their outbursts bashing this political thought or that politician. Or railing against others they perceive as being less enlightened and thus too condemning… (Hm… a bit contradictory in the nature of that unhappy rave!) Are they really this full of angst that they can only write to mirror the spewing on so many news channels? Or… are they really just longing for some connection with others who can lift them up? Maybe they, most of all, could use an encouraging word!
And it brings me back to wonder – wonder at the wisdom of St. Paul encouraging us to think on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—to think about such things.
So starting today, I want to make my FB page not only a place where people will view my artwork, but to come for an uplifting line or two and share a smile. Maybe a fun quote, an encouraging word, a hopeful lilting thought-provoking word that goes with the story of the illustration I share – minimal thoughts with art that hopefully touches or makes someone smile or simply causes them to share a bit of uplifting with others too…
Sooo….to those of you on Facebook… (some of you have already found me!) 🙂
Will you come and “join” my new FB party (a.k.a., send me a friend request)?
I’d love to see you there!
...yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.
~ Job 14:9
© Pam Depoyan
“At the Scent of Wonder,” shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — Easter…Spring…and Mother’s Day
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