|These African daisies cannot wait for spring!|
A few weeks ago I decided to take a spring break from social media and my blogs. Frankly, I wanted to see if I had any self-control left in me. For months it has been bothering me how much time I use to maintain Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Booklikes, Goodreads, Google+, and Pinterest, in additional to trying to keep up with numerous book and homeschool blogs that I like to follow. It amounted to a lot.
With the burden to keep up with social media, I was neglecting important things, like my kids and researching for our next school year and even just making time to read this tome (Confessions, by Rousseau) on my nightstand.
I knew the extra pressure of keeping up on social media was not good use of my time. It was consuming and distracting me and in no way enhancing my literary experience. Don't get me wrong: there are extremely talented people in this world who have a great forum utilizing social media and making a living out of it. They have thousands and millions of followers, and a paycheck! But I don't have that time to dedicate to it. Besides I've got a following right here under my own roof: a total of five followers who are quite demanding of me, and that does not include my husband. That is about all I can handle.
|This is home!|
So in regards to the social media: I dumped Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, which I used the least, and Booklikes because it is just a different universe over there. And I got rid of Facebook, which was like a burden lifted from my shoulders. The only three I am keeping are Goodreads, Google+, and Pinterest. I definitely am not getting rid of Pinterest. And Bloglovin is maintenance free, so I am still there.
I feel like the compulsion to use all of social media at one time has dissipated completely. I've been cleansed. Yay! It feels so good. But my love for writing and reading I hope never leaves me; hence I still want to keep my blogs. While I was on this little spring break, I set my blogs to private to see if I even wanted to continue writing publicly, and I know now that I do. So, the social media spring break is officially over; and while there are some new changes for me now, I feel like I am home again.