For some time I’ve been mulling over my addiction to twitter and the impact that may or may not be having on my personal and professional life. Often I’ve considered shutting down for periods or restricting my use during the day while at work. At no time did I ever come close to actually shutting down my account temporarily or even permanently.
While I watched Brene Brown talk about vulnerability in this TED Clip
which I discovered at Lyrian Fleming’s excellent blog as she discussed February Fast, I considered if I could join in to that initiative.
But I feel the reasons for giving things up, even temporarily, should be solely because you think you might be doing something to excess. And I don’t think I ever drink to excess – though others may disagree. So I thought back to my childhood and how we used to give up sweets for lent, and the fact that while I never felt like I had enough sweets, that wasn’t entirely the point.
Today is St. Bridgets Day in Ireland, the first day of spring. While I bake in the dry stupor of the southern hemisphere’s extended summer watching Queensland prepare itself for another rain-sodden cyclone to arrive I pray for a change. But if the change won’t come from the sky, I’ll try some from within. Spring is the time of renewal, and while it isn’t spring here, still I feel the need for something different.
So twitter came to mind. And while I run a number of twitter accounts, there is one which occupies far too much of my waking hours. And there are potentially a number of detriments to that. So I want to find out what that looks like. And if I decide to do something, there is no time like the present, otherwise I will end up doing it half heartedly sometime in the future, and that never works.
If you’ve read this from my twitter feed, I enjoy our conversations, so feel free to comment on my posts here. I intend to focus my energy on them. Who knows, I may not have the strength to stay away for a month. But if I’m going to choose a month to stay away, it might as well be the shortest month.
Note: Posts from this blog and other links I share will still appear, but I’ll be staying away from my feed directly!