You may recall that back in late October, I made plans to go on an internet fast for the month of November. I wrote a post about it: Taking An Internet Break. Anyhow, I’m back and want to share with you some of what I experienced and learned.
But first . . . an apology. For those of you who subscribed to my blog on Kindle, and for those who looked forward to reading here at “David’s Place,” I apologize for not returning on Dec. 1 as I had originally intended. That becomes part of my story too. I really do appreciate EVERY reader, and I value your time.
So, I took a much-needed break from my blog, Facebook, Buffer, Twitter, and the endless writing and posting that goes with all that. Not to mention, the research and reading across the blogosphere to bring you the best that I can deliver when I write. (I’m sure some of you can identify)
The first week, I felt as though I didn’t know what to do with the time . . . WRONG! I’ve always been the kind of person who knows exactly what I will do when I retire. I knew that in Jr. High. Now I’m close to the age where retirement might be expected. So, I had no writer’s block or confusion over what to do with my time. I began by creating a reading list on GoodReads. If you haven’t discovered Goodreads, you owe it to yourself–unless you’re already on LibraryThing. (I think there’s a post that you could write if you’re familiar with BOTH of them. Love to see a comparison review of the two sites and their features. Anyone game?)
Anyhow, I developed a “to-read-next” shelf on GoodReads. And I methodically began to read.
I also spent more time with people . . . face-to-face. I met them for breakfast.
Then I decided to go paperless and scan everything into OneNote 2010. I wrote a blog post that gives more particulars. But if you’re not already scanning your stuff into OneNote or EverNote, then you have something to look forward to. Love that I can retrieve it instantly once it’s scanned in.
So I spent more time quietly reflecting on the Bible. Listening to the Lord, journaling, and contemplating also filled the time I would have been using to surf Facebook and Twitter.
I made a couple of decisions too:
- No more mindless scanning of the Facebook news feed. I look for high value friends and family shares and comments.
- I’m keeping a lower profile. It takes less time and effort. I have more readers now then when I was spending hours tweeting, posting, and interacting online.
- I want to post less often, but with improved content–making my contributions more worthy of my readers’ time.
- My days begin with prayer and writing. ALL social interaction and email is after 12 noon.
- Only give 2 hrs a day to the internet (unless doing special research).
- Enjoy more face-time with people.
These choices will improve my quality of life, as well as my personal relationships. That’s what I did and learned on my social networking fast.
By the way, I can now highly recommend a TWO MONTH fast from social networking and book marketing for you authors. Write more.
My next fast? I’m going to try fasting for a month from my Smartphone. It’s way too much a new appendage and needs to be pushed back into balance.
©2013, David C Alves
- How Do You Know When You’re Overdosing On Social Networks? (makeuseof.com)
- Pittsburgh pastor wants social media fast for Lent (sfgate.com)
- Cyber-Pessimism (journalism176.wordpress.com)
- GoodReads, A Resource for Booklovers (atlantareader.wordpress.com)