I have downloaded some historical Facebook content, but definitely have a long way to go on that journey. Instagram however has become much easier. Thanks to Manton Reece, the creator of Micro.blog I was able to use the Micro.blog macOS app (Which is a Micropub app so it works natively with my website) to Import my Instagram Archive using the instructions provided by Micro.blog.
As of today, I now have all my previous Instagram content on my own website. One of the best parts about this is that I was able to import all of 2012 photos which was the year my wife Ashley and I courted, and all the 2013 photos which was our first year of marriage.
In order to make sure all the photos came in, I also built a new view into my website that allows me to display a grid of my photos by year, month or day. I'm pretty excited about how my website is developing this year. I'll have more to say about how my website is developing in Part 2 of My IndieWeb Story, coming soon.
There are two major issues around me deleting Facebook. Mainly: How will I see all of YOUR wonderful life updates, and Secondly: How can you continue to see my life updates?
How will I see all of YOUR wonderful life updates? The platform I most recommend for social communication is https://micro.blog I recommend signing up. If you have a website with an RSS feed, it's free. If you don't, you can pay just $5/month for them to host your posts, however ensure your information remains yours, rather than theirs. No ads, no stalking, etc.
I will also continue to follow people on Twitter. While there are many issues I have with Twitter, it remains a very open platform that I am able to view and use how and when I want.
Right now, I would suggest using one of those two platforms and letting me know you are on it. I am EddieHinkle on both platforms.
How can you continue to see my life updates? The primary way I communicate updates about my life is by posting on my website, https://eddiehinkle.com but obviously that isn't the most convenient for you to visit. So there are a couple ways you can get updates that originate on my website:
Again, this isn't happening tomorrow, but it is happening over the course of the next couple of months, so feel free to provide questions and/or feedback. I would love to continue to be involved in each of your lives, but Facebook will no longer be the conduit of that relationship :)