A Social Media Vacation

3.18.2013


Happy Monday! As you may have noticed, I took a little blog and social media hiatus last week.

I was feeling pretty uninspired and a little overwhelmed. The places I frequent for inspiration pick-me-ups weren't even inspiring me ... I felt like I had already seen it all. I couldn't quite make sense of the ideas in my head (if you know me, you know this is torture), and I was struggling for content. I knew I needed to hit pause.

I know I'm not the first to feel this way, and I can't speak for everyone, but I've talked to quite a few people recently who have felt this social media overwhelm. Our generation has learned, adapted to, and benefited from the technology of social media. Amazing things like interacting and connecting globally, maintaining and growing a brand, and working remotely (remember Sweet Lemon Mag?) have all happened because of it. We've mastered the art of seamlessly incorporating it into our lives – coming up with witty 140-character-or-less statements ... art directing the perfect Instagram ... you know, building our personal brand, all while out to brunch.  But sometimes that gets exhausting, doesn't it?

The flip side is the "it didn't happen if it wasn't Instagrammed" mentality that comes with this technology. We are so used to being connected 24/7 that it feels strange when we pause that part of our lives. I know it did for me. Instead of using these outlets to share moments of inspiration, it becomes a series of "okay, what's next?" We feel the need to maintain this online presence and stay current, and we end up living through these pictures and posts, instead of the other way around.

After last week's "vacation" I feel refreshed. It gave me time to think and reconnect with myself and my thoughts, focus and be fully present. While I won't be ditching my Twitter account, I'm finding a more balanced way to integrate it into my daily life. And I realize how important it is to give myself a break every once in a while.

Sometimes you just need to create that space and allow clarity and inspiration to find their way to you.

How important is being connected to you? Have you/ would you ever taken a social media vacation?

image credit: Pirouettes by Milla Sorel

7 comments

  1. I always "unplug" and cut off social media and computers for at least a few hours every day. I can't handle being connected to everyone all the time, it makes me crazy!

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    1. That's a smart idea. I should probably do that more often so I don't hit the point where I need an extended vacation from it all :)

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  2. Lately, I've really been feeling the social media overwhelm. I bring it on myself, though. I think it would definitely do me good to have a vacation from instagram and twitter. Not necessarily my blog because it's my source of personal inspiration but definitely IG and twitter. I just think we become so obsessed with numbers and likes and comments - it's too much sometimes.

    I'm glad you're back today - I missed your posts! xo

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    1. I completely agree - it's definitely a self-inflicted overwhelm ;) I haven't even been able to touch Vine because the thought of having that plus Twitter/Facebook/personal accounts to manage ... it overwhelms me just thinking about it. I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling this way, though. Thanks for popping by, lady. xx

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  3. I love this post. If it were up to my fiance, he would unplug everything. He gets so annoyed with all the social media interaction. I think its overwhelming at times esp with all the platforms out there. I have decided to limit how many I am on for my blog and personally. Its not possible to do it all + I personally feel over-extended. I think its better to be great at a few things vs OK with a lot of things (speaking in terms of social media). I work full time in a completely different field, so blogging is meant to be fun + creative and not to add stress to my life. Cheers to you for taking a break.
    -Becky
    The Pumpkin Spot
    p.s. I just got back from a week in Key West + I feel so refreshed. Vacation = good.

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  5. I know I'm not the first to feel this way, and I can't speak for everyone, but I've talked to quite a few people recently who have felt this social media overwhelm. Social Media Day is an annual global event on June 30 that recognizes the digital revolution happening right before our eyes. Buy Real Instagram Followers

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