I’ve decided not to think of this hiatus from social media as “going dark.” Rather, I’m going to consider it stepping back into the light.
Here’s the thing. I have a tendency to be a hermit–particularly in the winter. I write, I work on editing gigs, I knit, I binge-watch shows on Netflix, and I spend way too much time on Facebook and Twitter. Oh, it’s not that I don’t go anywhere at all. I have the occasional lunch with my friends, I do go the pool at least twice a week, I go up to see Dee, and Husband and I do things like the rare movie out and going to the grocery. We go to church on Sundays and sometimes get together with Sister PJ and her husband for supper. But mostly, I’m here in the house and I spend time cruising Facebook and Twitter.
I haven’t been on either for a little over 36 hours. Yesterday wasn’t too bad because I spent the afternoon with Dee and our buddy Di, and then Husband and I headed up to church for Ash Wednesday services. But when I got home last night, after I had a few minutes on the phone with Son, I immediately thought about checking social media. But I couldn’t, of course. So instead, I knitted and watched some Acorn TV. Not a great substitute, I’ll grant you–I should’ve been writing. But I didn’t want to write. I was processing the time with Dee and I needed to escape into something that required no thought.
Another thing is that I’m really curious about how I appear on Facebook since I deactivated my account–am I not showing as anyone’s friend anymore? Can you tag me? Can you still see my posts? If someone wants to answer that for me in a comment, I’d sure appreciate it. 😉
So in the interest of being in the light, this weekend, CL and I are heading up north to spend a girly weekend together, which we haven’t done in ages, and I’m so excited about that! Our treat is that we’re having lunch with an amazing Regency romance author, Eloisa James, and then going to an event at the local library. As it happens, I do the copy edits on her novels for her publisher, Avon Books. I can’t wait to meet her–she is a terrific writer and working on her books is pure editorial bliss.
So . . . there’s the first report on my Lenten sacrifice. I think it would be good to end these check-ins with a gratitude list, don’t you?
- Husband, Son, DIL, and Grandboy–they always bring light to my life.
- Good friends–you know who you are.
- Pastor Diane, who’s smile is so lovely. I appreciate how much she sees and how much she cares.
- Sunshine today–well, sorta.
- Coffee–man, I love coffee.
I’m still thinking about it. I’m drawing away, but slowwwwwlllyyy…
I will enjoy reading your posts, though!
Thanks, Liz! I started this process back in December by taking FB off my phone, so the withdrawal should be a bit easier. That’s not a bad place to start, but honestly, if you enjoy FB, you should stay. I do have to say though, after just 48 hours, my spirit is less rumpled. 😉
I’ve been avoiding FB and Twitter lately myself, so I didn’t notice you weren’t there! I only do the birthdays on FB and try not to go any further. Good luck!
Not a bad policy, Cheryl. Maybe I’ll consider that when I go back after Easter–if I go back. I may just stick to Nan Reinhardt Author…dunno for sure. Thanks so much for stopping by! 😉
Lunch with Eloisa James! I’d give up social media for that.
Right, TC? I’m incredibly excited! I know it won’t be just us, other readers are coming, but I’m hoping she’ll want to meet me at least half as much as I want to meet her. Thanks for coming by!!