Having taken some time off recently, it’s nice to step back into the world of social media and blogging after completely unplugging. It puts some of the obsessive frenzy of social media consumption into perspective, particularly if you’ve spent part of your time off lounging by a Great Lake to a multi-hued sunset with a breeze in your face and sand between your toes.
It makes you realize that everything has its place. As many wonderful times as I had while away, I rarely felt compelled to capture and report them via social media. (I think the most-used apps on my phone during my time away were the Camera app, Instagram, and Waze, haha!) Yes, I made the occasional Facebook status update but I barely checked my Twitter feed and didn’t even think about my blog. Decompressing is a beautiful thing, and we should all take more time out for it.
You get the impression, especially from Twitter, that if you slow down at all then you’re out of the game. Perhaps that’s why you see some of the heaviest tweeters re-posting former blog posts, past tweets or under-140-character snippets of wisdom from the philosophers of our time and those times past. After all, if you don’t keep your name in people’s face than where are you? [Side note: I find that those I follow on Twitter that I appreciate the most are those who have different things to say all the time. I certainly gravitate towards the individuals using Twitter to build their personal brand rather than the businesses using it for social media marketing. The content is often better coming from the individual accounts (and individual accounts not tied to any business).]
While vacation is great and wonderful, it’s time to put the nose to the grindstone once again. I’m actually excited to catch up on personal branding, personal finance and social media posts. I’m looking forward to tracking back posts from Gen Y/millennial enthusiasts to see what’s the latest during my time away. And I’m looking forward to posting in this blog again, which is still taking off but which I enjoy throwing my thoughts into.
More to follow soon!