My house always needs to look just so. I will not go out without curled eyelashes and a heavy coat of mascara. I still record all of my purchases in a paper checkbook register and balance it to the penny at the end of every month. I spend my mornings straightening magazines, fluffing pillows and smoothing out creases on beds that no one, but me, will see for the majority of the day.
You get the picture.
It should come as no surprise then, that when I started blogging, I read everything I could find on the subject. I was going to do it well or not at all.
I knew that I could write great content, but I had no idea about the business of blogging, what it took to succeed.
So I read.
I researched and I stalked.
I commented and followed, added buttons, opened social media accounts and quickly got sucked up in the vortex.
The pull was inescapable. But why?
I did not care about a large following or becoming internet famous. I wasn't interested in gaining numbers for sponsors.
I just wanted to write, for me.
If others read it great. If not, oh well, but those perfectionist tendencies nagged at me.
The blogging "rules" called for social media engagement and large followings on each and every platform. I wanted to succeed, at what I am still not sure, so I acquiesced and dove in with retweets, posts, likes and +1's.
And I hated every minute of it.
You see, before the blog, I did not have an internet presence.
I am a big fan of privacy and I rather like being an enigma.
Besides the fact that I don't really think that my day is all that interesting and frankly, I don't think yours is either.
So I remained unconnected.
The blog changed all that...at least for a while. It's been a bit over a year now and I can honestly say that I still do not like most social media. (Update: Three years and counting and I like it all even less!)
I have followed numerous people out of obligation, not desire.
I was left with less time to create and write, because I was dedicating more and more time to growing my social media sites. That was not productive.
I discovered that even though I had thousands of views on my blog, after all of my hard work, time spent and interaction, only a handful of those views were from Facebook and Twitter.
I don't like this ride and I want to get off, but is that ok? Can I do that?
Yes, says Lara Eastburn of The Moonshine Marketeer, a great social media website. She wrote a fabulous article about stepping away from platforms that don't suit you, even when you run a business. It was the permission I needed and so I am doing it.
I am going back to my roots. I am going to focus on my writing, on my blog, the one website I really truly care about and crafting. I will stick with Pinterest, I just love all the pretty pictures ~ eye candy at its best! I will stay with Instagram, it's another platform I enjoy....again, more pretty pictures!
I may occasionally interact on Facebook and Twitter, but I won't be hanging out there or trying to create pithy new content solely for the purpose of likes and shares.
Will I be missed?
I highly doubt it.
Will I miss Facebook or Twitter? Ha! I don't think so!
This Type A girl is simplifying, remember?
I'm sure that even in my virtual house, less is definitely more.
How do you feel about social media?
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