Being obsessed with all things social media is fun. I don’t need to go into much detail – I’m writing this on a blog, after all. But one of the hardest things for a social media lover to do is to unplug and put some distance between technology and the rest of life.
Going on vacation to a place that you don’t necessarily have the Internet (travelling around in Guatemala in my case) makes it easier – it makes the decision for you. Yes, I did take a Blackberry so I was somewhat plugged into e-mail. I didn’t read most of them, but I checked in every now and then in case there was something I had to get to. I went onto Facebook and Twitter a few times to let people know I was still alive. I didn’t look at anything besides my @ replies – while I was trying to turn off, I didn’t want to be rude by ignoring people.
The thing of it is, as much emphasis we place on staying connected, it’s healthy to do a little detox and appreciate what’s going on in the real world away from the online community. Your network isn’t going to abandon you because you go away for a week or two or three – if you’re as obsessed as I am I, they knew you were going both 6 months and 6 seconds before you left, so they’re not surprised to see your absence. So take some time for yourself. Unplug and give yourself a break – you’ll appreciate it. Plus you’ll notice how refreshed and invigorated you are when you return. Sounds good, right?
How was everyone’s last two weeks? Did I miss anything while I was gone? Any fun gossip to share?