This year, I’ve had the unofficial schedule of posting every other day, and I skipped my last post. There should have been a post on the 11th, but I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging and social media, and thought I’d share these thoughts with you.
I love writing, it’s one of those things I’ve always enjoyed, but as I’ve taken my blog more seriously, it’s become less fun. I still enjoy it, but sometimes it feels like I have to write a blog post, and that made me think a little more, and wonder if I’m blogging because I want to, or if it’s because I’ve been online for so long now I’ve been conditioned to feel like I need to be online.
How much of what I do online is because I want to, and how much is because the designers of the app or site want me to? How much of blogging is me still enjoying it, and how much of it is just feeling like a reponsibity I must fulfill?
I wanted to test it out, so I skipped a day to see how I felt about it. I felt… fine. I had a single moment early in the morning of ‘shit! I haven’t scheduled a blog post for today!’, then I remembered I intended not to, felt fine, and got on with my day. It didn’t feel overly good, but I’d been worrying that id feel terrible and realise I’m totally addicted to the Internet.
That’s not to say I’m not, I do definitely spend longer than I mean to scrolling down twitter and Instagram, but by acknowledging that, I can change it! I feel good about being aware of my technology usage, and I’m going to continue ensuring it doesn’t have too much of an impact on my feelings or real life.
I’ll still be watching plenty of tapes too!
How do you feel about the Internet and social media, and the way we all use it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!