At the risk of sounding like an extremely old person, it’s not what it once was.
Someone was asking me on twitter on what I thought about social media tonight and it really crystalised for me what I did think.
What I think is this.
People spend a lot of time sharing inspirational quotes about being yourself, but when you are they hate you for it. The bigotry that is rife on social media is hypnotic and it gets far more attention than it ever should. The interesting stuff, the things that contain nuance and intricacy and beauty get lost in all of that. And I have tired of allowing myself to be drawn and quartered for public amusement.
Over time, my blog has morphed into something far more personal than it was to begin with, but social media for it has stayed the same. Sure, there was a period during my depression where I deleted my facebook account because it was just better for me to be more sheltered, but mostly it’s stayed the same.
I couldn’t even think of deleting my personal social media if it wasn’t for the fact that i have met the most amazing people and now connect with them in different ways – text message and private groups and direct messages and the like.
But it served it’s purpose. And now I just feel done.
I’m not saying goodbye to social media, because there are many things I love about it. I love doing things for The Shake and Operation Move and my other projects, but for me personally I don’t love it so much.
And so I’ve decided that my blog is personal and my social media will be too. You can head over to the subscribe page to check out where I’ll still be (which is a lot of places!) But mostly I’m saying goodbye to a differentiation between my personal stuff and my blog stuff and I’m saying goodbye to twitter.
I don’t need a separate facebook page or a google plus page or a twitter account for my blog, it’s just unnecessary. It is sad though, feels like the end of something. I might have to migrate #drunktweetfriday to #instadrunkfriday or similar.
I’ve read a couple things this week saying that to be successful on social media or on blogs you need to be useful. Nothing I do here is particularly useful, and I like it that way. I don’t want to morph into something I’m not for the sake of popularity or likeability or anything else.
I’ve always said if something about social media doesn’t work for you, then social media doesn’t have to change, you have to. So it’s not you, it’s me. I have to change.
So this is me, changing.