On Facebook, I mainly post about things our family is doing or funny things my kids say. It is a bit of a diary of our everyday life. I realized that a lot of these items are only documented on FB.
It got me to thinking - how long will it be there? Could I go back the year and a half to when I started on Facebook? Guess what - I was able to go back to April 2009 to my first post.
I opened Facebook and a blank Word document. (So two things open on my computer screen at the same time.)
Then I cut and pasted the first page of my Wall (my personal page) to the Word document.
I progressed backwards, page by page, until I got to my beginning date of April 2009.
It took about 3 hours to do. I did it while watching TV.
A few times FB messed up and I had to start back on the most recent page of my Wall all over again.
And a few times it would show me the exact same page several times in a row.
Then I went back through almost 70 pages of the Word document and started deleting anything that wasn't a status update.
Comments, "kelli is now friends with..." and links were all deleted.
I did leave a few comments from other people, like my mom and sister.
I added space here and there for putting in a movie stub, etc.
This took the document from 70 pages to about 36.
Then I unified the font and colors .
(My pages are only 6x12 because I am using the American Crafts 6x12 albums....which have been discontinued. Don't get me started on this because I am one of those people who has to have her albums match. I am either a trail blazer on things, like decorating my son's nursery years ago with a bug theme before you could find it anywhere for kids...or.....discovering something the moment before it is discontinued like the chair I want from Ikea. There really is no middle ground with me.)
Anyway, this is one of the albums I am going to keep going. I plan to put a reminder on my calendar every other month to capture the previous month's status updates. If ever I start to think that I do not want to keep a record of my Status Updates, then I might need to reevaluate what I am saying:)
There are some things you can use on FB to have this done automatically for you by putting a certain amount of your status updates into a paragraph. However, the two I have seen leave out the dates.
(Spell check says that is how you spell reevaluate...but it looks so wrong:)