Since 2012, which was the year that I created my Twitter account, and even before that when I had just started my original blog, JustaTeenWriting, social media has been a huge part of my life. It sounds silly to say that, because of course it has been--social media is a big part of most anyone from 18-30 years old's lives, and then many younger and older than that (statistics just say that the majority of people on social media are between those ages). When I say that it's been a huge part of my life, though, I don't just mean that I check my Facebook feed often, or respond to my friends on Snapchat every day. Social media has been a tool to spread my writing, my thoughts, and my business (Inspire Thread Company). However there's something about social media that I also hate, and it's the absorbing feeling that it sometimes has on you. I'm sure that not everyone feels this way, but sometimes when you focus so much on something, like growing a following on social media and spreading your brand, you can become too consumed with that. Hence my social media hiatus.
It's a love-hate relationship. I would never want to give up my platform, because I so love that I get to connect with you all here and meet people from around the world through a cellphone or laptop screen, but sometimes social media can crush you, and that's the adverse effect of what it should be. Over the past few months, I realized that I had become too consumed with social media, and that I didn't want something to have more control over my time than I did, and social media was becoming that. So being a person that 100% believes in their control over their own life and their own thoughts, I decided to take a week break (well, five days, because I couldn't QUITE take it for a week) from all social media platforms.
I immediately deleted all of my social media apps from my phone, and logged out of any social media accounts on my laptop. This was a good thing, because the first day of my break, I--out of habit--tried to check my Instagram account. No luck, it was gone!
Though it was hard to break my habit the first day, it felt great not to be on social media the days following, and not to have to think about it. I was able to focus on the launch of my new business...
LOOK, I ANNOUNCED WHEN IT'S LAUNCHING! ------>
....And I was also able to focus on my writing, which is my passion in life, and I was able to really work on my new novel.
So would I suggest this? Absolutely. If you're feeling drowned by social media, or find that you're spending more time than you would like on it, then delete every avenue of reaching your social media accounts, and take a break. A week won't have you missing TOO much, and if all else fails, and you HAVE to know what's going on, you can pick up a newspaper and grab a coffee at a cafe. You'll probably learn more than you would from social media, anyway. (MAYBE)
Thanks SO much for tuning in, guys, and I look forward to connecting with you on my social media! I plan on blogging more often now that I'm settled in my new state, and have been putting a lot of fun stuff on my Snapchat account recently. To add me on Snapchat, just screenshot or take a photo of my snap code.
Go to "Add Friends" on your settings area, click "Add by Snapcode", and click your screenshot of my snapcode photo!
OH, AND I FINALLY GOT APUBLIC FACEBOOK PAGE!! I would so appreciate it if y'all headed over there and gave it a like!