When I decided more than a month ago that I wanted to take this journey, my intended start date was to be New Year’s Day … but then I didn’t get all of my ducks in a row. There was a process, you see, and while some of the tasks were truly needed, most of the delay was due to procrastination that stems from my perfectionism. But more about that later.
Before I began 365 days without social media, I wanted to have my blog up and running so that the few people who might actually want to follow my journey could do so — mainly a few aunts, a stray cousin, and a friend or two who feels obligated. Perhaps a few rubberneckers directed from my account would stop by to read this first entry — and hello to you! glad you could make it! please visit again! — and at least get through the post that explains why I’m doing this.
But first, let’s talk about a common misconception that seems to keep cropping up.
I’m not doing this to get attention.
I’ve seen plenty of people have this reaction when I’ve talked of my intentions — so much so that I really haven’t told many people, including close friends and family (sorry, Dad). I also had my fair share last year when I took an extended hiatus, so let’s clear up any confusion here and now with a few short facts:
- FACT: I always get plenty of Likes and comments when I post videos and pictures on social media: especially of my girls.
- FACT: I always get comments and feedback when I post a status or share an article.
- FACT: I get a pretty healthy response regardless of what I post. Always.
One might call what I receive from my posts by another name … attention. So going dark from social media for an entire year — no responses on SnapChat, no hearts on Instagram, no reactions from Facebook … that’s attention I will not receive on a regular basis. Will I get comments on blog posts? Perhaps, but certainly not many, and certainly not anything that will compete with the steady stream from social media that stoked my ego on a continual basis.
Now, just a short list of reasons that are behind my journey:
- I am more productive without social media in my life.
- I am a better wife and mother and friend … basically a better human overall … without social media in my life.
- I want to write. I want to write about this journey. I want to write about this journey in a way that might touch someone else.
There are more reasons, of course, but if I spill them all in the first post, what reason will you have to come back?
I didn’t set out to begin this journey on MLK Jr. Day, but when I awoke this morning I knew it was time to kick myself into gear, embrace my fears that go along with going dark for a year (and believe me, I have plenty of them), and log out. Of everything.
So feel free to check back often over the next 12 months … I’ll be here reading, writing a book, binge-watching the newest Netflix series, doodling in my bullet journal, and who knows what else. And to those that only stopped by to read this first entry … Hello to you! Glad you could make it! Please visit again!