Day 27

It appears we have made it over the hump. We are now closer to Easter than we are to Ash Wednesday, which means, I am now closer to being allowed on social media. Honestly, I am having a bit of anxiety about re-joining the social world. I miss my Twitter friends, but it is a LOT to keep up with conversations, tweets, messages, etc.

Facebook may be put on the back-burner until the end of April. It’s a little more overwhelming with all the status updates, photos, parties, groups, pages… the list goes on. I’m sure I’ll go back to it at some point, but I may try to hold off for a while longer.

The one big positive from this break, which I have mentioned before, is that I am developing deeper friendships with a few people. One friend messages me every day – something I used to freak out about – but it is nice to have the contact rather than a “like” or fun retort to a status update. A few friends email me on occasion, but I never know how to start or continue the conversation, so it typically dwindles. But I do appreciate the check-ins.

So, three weeks left. No sweat!

Day 15, already!

Two weeks into Lent and I’m feeling great about the lack of social media. Sure, there are times where I wish I could mass share something, but then I end up singularly sharing whatever-it-was with a few individual people and end up receiving much better feedback! Who knew?! (That last comment was sarcasm. Of course it works that way.)

This week’s whatever-it-was moment actually happened today. I booked a 7-day Mediterranean cruise to Greece and Turkey. You read that right. This lady is going on a cruise BY HERSELF! It is an all-inclusive trip exploring various parts of Greece, the Greek Islands, and a few places in Turkey. One of the must visit places is Ephesus. Key places there: Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the world), Library of Celsus, Basilica of St. John, and the last known House of the Virgin Mary. Overall, it will be an amazing trip with many gorgeous excursions.

Day 9 of the Social Media Purge

Day 9? Already? Time is really flying by with this break in social media. To be perfectly honest, it has been almost two whole weeks since dumping Facebook, and I don’t miss it even a little bit.

What I have discovered over the past week has shocked me. (Wait, did I just use a clickbait phrase? Shame on me.) But seriously, what I discovered is that I am having more meaningful and intentional conversations with family and friends. Life is no longer about a casual ‘like’ here and there, or a well-timed LOL, or even creepy poke.

The best part of this process is I’m feeling less stressed. Social media, like it or not, can be a huge stressor for people. There is pressure to always be in-the-know. It’s really okay to not always know about events. If it’s important enough, someone will reach out and tell you directly. Let me repeat that. If an event is truly important, someone will reach out to you directly and tell you. 

Looking forward to seeing how the next few weeks play out. Until next time…

Day 1 of the Purge

What an ominous title! The more that I think about this social media purge, the more comfortable I am with it. This may, however, have to do with the fact that a lot of mental preparation went into planning the shutdown.

On Sunday evening, the Facebook feed was looking a little bleak. I requested my archive (so I wouldn’t lose my photos!) and downloaded the content. From there, I decided to go ahead and close down the account a couple days early. To be perfectly honest, it has only been a few days, but I don’t miss it yet, and I’m not sure that I really want to ever reactivate my account.

Instagram met the same fate as Facebook on Sunday night. My interest in it was dwindling, so that account will likely also not resurface at the end of Lent.

Twitter – oh, Twitter! This account I left open, mainly because Twitter will permanently delete your account after 30 days of deactivation. Lent is longer than 30 days, and I did not want to lose my username (@4n6woman). I did make a vow to not check my account throughout Lent, so it will be interesting to see what tweets and messages I get to come back to after Easter.

LinkedIn was left open and will be monitored (loosely) throughout Lent. This was never really used as a social media account, although it technically is, but is more used as a business networking account.

Pinterest is a tough one. Ultimately, this account was left open, but the app was deleted from my phone (to prevent mindless scrolling). There are great recipes and craft ideas on this site, and it tends to be more personal than social. So, this one stayed.

Day 1, Ash Wednesday, let’s see how this Lent season goes. I wish you all the best!