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  1. Hi Kronda,

    I agree that Facebook is no longer a place to actually connect with people. The platform prefers to put content it wants you to see above the fold and buries anything else. Even the ability to simply see posts from your friends in chronological order is hard to do.

    However, my wife and I have recently learned of the death of a few friends through Facebook. We literally logged into Facebook and saw the death notice for each person at the top of the page. There’s no way to systematically let people know you have died so I guess Facebook is the next best solution.

    By the way, my company eliminated my position last Friday so I’m currently between successes. I’m leveraging my personal network, meeting with recruiters, and working online job boards. However, I believe you went through a similar experience and started your own company. I started an Jannua LLC last year as an umbrella company for my freelance speaking, writing, and consulting services. Until I get a set of job offers, I’m working hard to create income from my company. I never thought I would have to rely on my little LLC, but life is funny that way.

    If you have any advice for a recently laid off technologist who is freelancing while interviewing, please let me know!

    – Anjuan

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    1. kronda

      Hi Anjaun,

      Thanks for visiting. I have mixed feelings about death on Facebook…I’ve checked in an discovered people’s deaths right before work meetings which is awkward. Better than never finding out I guess.

      One of the reasons I don’t quit entirely is because I do like being able to check in on people. I just needed my friends to remember that we still have the ability to communicating directly. And I don’t like giving Facebook ammunition to monetize my relationships if I don’t have to.

      Sorry about the loss of your job. Job security is kind of an oxymoron I think, but mostly people just don’t realize it. I found that life got a lot better once I was free of my job. You might be surprised. 🙂

      I checked out your site and it looks like you have a lot to offer. You might checkout what my old client Steve Holyer is doing in the Agile training space. He’s also working on a new project.

      I’ve been thinking about a round up post of all the people I’ve been learning about business from in the last couple of years. That will probably go up on my business site so you can follow me there for updates.

      Good luck!

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      1. Thanks for the response and the resources, Kronda! I have to admit that I crave the illusion of security that gainful employment can bring. However, I am also excited about the possibility of earning money from the things for which I have a great deal of passion. I’ve had paid public speaking and writing gigs, but I’ve always had to limit them due to my “real job”. However, I no longer have that constraint. So, it’s time to see how high I can fly.

        I’ll check out Steve’s site and project. I have a lot to learn, and I look forward to meeting people who have travelled the path on which I now find myself.

        I’ve added your business site to feedly. I enjoy your writing, and I look forward to keeping up with your work!

        – Anjuan

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  2. Thanks for articulating all that! I could never quite put into words why I prefer to blog and point people to it rather than send one-off posts via facebook/email/whatever.

    “When I really need to say something important, I try to do it in a space that I own”.

    Nice.

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    1. kronda

      Everything old is new again. 🙂 It feels to me lately as if blogging is coming back around.

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  3. Kronda, I laughed so hard at your AOL comment, mainly because it is so true. I must admit that for years I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with long lost friends and estranged family members via FB, catching up, sharing thoughts and all that. But in the past 3 months the thrill seems to have greatly diminished.

    Quite frankly, FB is a huge distraction. It always has been (which is what I suppose I needed for a time). More importantly, posting to FB made me feel (falsely) like I no longer needed to blog, and yet I found myself moving away from writing anything with real grit.

    While I’m not ready to disconnect completely, I’ve been debating removing my FB business page for some time now and this blog conversation helped me make the final decision to pull the plug on the page and return to more direct communication with my readers and clients.

    Your writing is always, always enjoyable and enlightening! Thanks for that.

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