I struggle with the benefits and detriments of social media. I understand that most think it's a way to stay connected with others, but is it really? Are connections via social media really connections? I know I am spending an incredible amount of time on Facebook. It's beginning to feel like channel surfing on TV. I spend an hour scrolling through my "news feed" and the only thing I feel is that I just spent an hour that I could have been doing something else. I know I'm not the only one.
Earlier this week, I took steps to move away from social media, even just a bit. I deactivated my Twitter account and took down my Three Dollar Poetry FB page. Being on Twitter was pointless. I found myself getting irritated and angry with the uninformed opinions, the fake profiles, and the click bait posts that litter the feed. It's been four days now and I am happy to report that I don't miss it.
The Facebook page seemed kind of pointless. It's main purpose for many is to promote a business. Yes, I have a business but I don't have my shop on Facebook. Anything I post in my Etsy shop can be easily shared on my personal page. It was duplication and therefore pointless. So down it went.
For now, I will keep my Facebook and Instagram accounts. Instagram has been beneficial for me and my Etsy shop. Facebook, eh, well, I plan on spending less time there. You are probably reading this right now because you followed a link I posted on Facebook. That's totally a good thing, thanks for clicking the link!
Here is where I ask a favor. If you like my posts and content, you can also get notifications of new posts via email. Just go to the Contact page and fill out your information. I will NOT inundate your inbox with pointless emails. I don't post very often, either. I you subscribe I will only send you a notification that says "Hey, I just posted a new....um...post, and it would be really cool if you read it"
I do have the aspiration to post on a more regular basis, but it still won't be daily. I doubt it would even be weekly.
There's also a newsletter form on Three Dollar Poetry, my other website.
I would also love to gain a few pen pals. I love writing typewritten (of course) letters. Do you want to correspond? Email me your address at email@example.com. I would love that.
So, that's it, there is my goal: to fade away and check out from most social media. I will, however, always appreciate the cat pictures, the insomnia-induced posts, and updates on how you are doing.