A year ago, I made the decision to step away from social media and blogging for one month. I was coming off a really sad time in my life and I needed a way to get past what I was going through, learn how to deal with my emotions, and figure out what I wanted from my life. So I stepped away and it was the best thing I could have done for myself.
Social media brings with it so much noise, so many conversations and differing opinions and complaints. Sometimes, I scroll through my Twitter feed and it feels like one long list of complaints. Lately, I haven’t felt as connected to social media as I used to be. I open my Twitter app a few times a day, very rarely entering into conversations, and feeling less and less inclined to tweet. There is so much I have to say, but I just don’t feel like saying it.
Blogging has always been my happy place. I love making my monthly blogging schedules and sticking to it. I love writing posts, reading blogs, and connecting with bloggers. Writing about my life is therapeutic for me and I love the people and the things blogging has brought in my life. Lately, though, I’m feeling very uninspired to blog. The words I want to say don’t come out right when I write them. My thoughts feel jumbled and I’ve been deleting blog post after blog post because I’m just not saying what I want to say. I think I’ve placed a lot of expectations on myself to blog in a certain way and be a certain person, and I need to let go of those expectations and just blog from my heart. Blog about what I want to blog about, even if it makes other people uncomfortable. This is a lesson I feel like I’ve learned over and over again. I am hoping that stepping away for a month (though I may pop in a time or two if I feel a need!) will help me to find that inspiration and fire to blog again.
I’m also planning on seriously limiting my time spent on the Internet (mainly, reading blogs and responding to emails) to one hour a day and also limiting my TV watching to one show a day. Both can be such time sucks for me and sometimes, I even feel as if I’m not getting things done if my Feedly blog count is up or I have a ton of DVR-ed shows I haven’t watched. This is not what life is about. I need to refocus on the important things in this life: spending time with people, getting outside and enjoying the beautiful place I live in, and understanding that a day spent sprawled on the couch reading a book is not a day wasted.
So here we go. Another media fast is beginning and I think it is coming at such a perfect time in my life. I will be back in September with new posts and hopefully a renewed passion for blogging.