I'm six days into my detox...and guess what happened? Well, not a whole lot quite yet. Would you like me to be honest or write about a bunch of things you already know like, "Guys, it's the craziest thing! I feel way less distracted and I have ROOM to breathe. Here's a nine step guide to get the results I did!" I know most of us have taken a step back from social media before. I'm pretty certain that I don't need to convince you that it's refreshing either.
A fraction of you may be thinking, "So am I gonna learn anything here?" Well, let me rewind a bit. I have plenty of notes and comments. I have reflective questions that may come in handy and keywords that'll help simplify what I'm trying to say. However, since I made no social media a rule for Sundays, the past couple days haven't felt a whole lot different. Although, when I come to think of it...I've been longing to feel normalcy without social media and I think I've finally got here. That being said, let's dive into a few key things I dug up about my faith this week.
First, let me clarify what I consider social media, so we're all on the same page. This week I logged out of Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and I rarely use Snapchat. One difference between this week and a normal Sunday is, I had to continue working. I help a friend with online marketing, so being on social media for this job is mandatory. It was a little tricky navigating Facebook without reading my own notifications, but I got the hang of it.
Without social media, I don't have many outlets for marketing my blog. In this case, I had to sit back and pray God would keep this thing growing. I kept a close eye on my numbers this week and there was no dramatic dip. In fact, I've had the highest number of page views I've had in months. So, for all my bloggers out there, you can take a break girl. Your website can survive a week off.
1. If logging out for a day or a week scares you, try a challenge that focuses on logging out for a specific meal or time of day. Jessica Walker created a super cool challenge and you can find that here. It includes 30 days of challenges like turning off post notifications, no Facebook until 12pm, first hour of day phone free, and Insta free day!
2. If you're ready to block out a day for jumping offline, take a look at my Nine Habits I Like to Practice on the Sabbath post. I go over my Sunday rules and not getting on social media, is one of them. It's pretty manageable and sometimes I look forward to my one day without it!
3. If you've tried a mix of these, maybe it's time to go off grid for a week, month, or shut it down altogether. This is where the real magic happens. Revelations, perspective, and change of heart. I'd love to delete everything one day, but as a blogger, I see such potential marketing with these platforms, that I can't. For now, a week break is perfect to get my heart pumping again.
My face feels scratchy, like I've been picking at a sunburn all day. Writing this wasn't easy. My last three blog posts tumbled onto the page and I assumed it would be the same with this one. I was on a roll. Although, about halfway through I felt my-usual-writing-joy leave my body and be replaced with tingling panic. "Is this even helpful? People won't read this. Why do I blog? I'm a terrible writer."
Um Lo', weren't you just writing about anxiety a few weeks ago? I definitely was, but we all know anxiety is much like a war, not a fix-it ticket. It takes strategy, discipline, and the energy we don't have. What I'm trying to say is- doing what you love will take weird and wild turns. Believe me, I took a nap, watched a tidying up episode, soaked in the bath, and listened to worship music, before I could even force myself to work on this again. Leave it and come back- LOL do that with social media too. :)
Thanks for reading guys! I hope this helps you find a break that feels right for you. Who knows, maybe you've got this thing DOWN and you don't ever need to log out. I wish I could feel that!
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